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Characters: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Recurring And Minor Characters

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Kendra Young (Bianca Lawson)

Jamaican Slayer activated upon Buffy's (temporary, clinical) death by drowning in Season One. Killed at the end of Season 2. Unlike Buffy, she was very traditional in her ways.
  • Action Girl
  • Cannot Talk to Women: The Gender Flipped version — she has trouble talking to men who aren't her Watcher or a vampire, presumably because she grew up being forbidden to do so. Her obvious attraction to Xander, and the fact that she literally cannot voice her interest in him, only makes her eventual fate that much more painful.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Hypnotized and rendered helpless during her duel with Drusilla, who casually slits her throat with one fingernail.
  • I Call It Vera: She has a stake named "Mr. Pointy".
  • Irony: In response to Buffy's insistence that she do things her own way rather than follow orders, Kendra cynically retorted, "No wonder you died." In the season 2 finale, her complete adherence to protocol and inability to not follow orders makes it all the easier for Drusilla to hypnotize and kill her.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in her debut episode.
    That's me favourite shirt! That's me only shirt!
  • Mauve Shirt: Since she died in her third appearance.
  • No Last Name Given: Kendra specifically says she has no last name. An unproduced Watcher supplement would have revealed it to be "Young", though. Presumably she didn't know it because she was raised by her Watcher instead of her parents.
  • No Social Skills
  • Number One Dime: Her lucky stake, "Mr. Pointy". Though the stake itself is lost for good, Buffy borrows her nickname for it.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Supposedly the accent was a last-minute addition, and the dialect coach taught Lawson an accent from a very specific, obscure area of Jamaica. To both viewers and crew it just sounded like a lame Jamaican accent.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She seems to be blue to Buffy's red because she's a more classically trained by-the-book slayer yet her lack of experience and gung-ho attitude puts her on the red.
  • Sailor Earth
  • Salt and Pepper: Buffy and herself.
  • Slashed Throat
  • Straw Vulcan: Buffy eventually taught Kendra that human emotion wasnt necessarily a hindrance to being a Slayer.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge
  • There Is Another
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Buffy is the chosen vampire slayer who cares about boys, clothes, and cheerleading. When the other slayer Kendra shows up she is seen as the perfect slayer: solemn, respectful, and efficient.
  • Weak-Willed: Effortlessly hypnotised by Drusilla while they were actually fighting; it's implied that her training and upbringing has left her with little ability to resist orders.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: She and Giles hit it off straight away, much to Buffys annoyance.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: It's specifically stated that Kendra's fighting technique is slightly superior to Buffy's due to the fact that training and studying demonology are literally all she's ever done since childhood. But as the above entry notes, while a Buffy vs Angelus or Buffy vs Spike fight is sure to be an epic brawl, Kendra vs. Drusilla was a disappointing defeat for good. Kendra goes down like a Red Shirt.

Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku)

"You hurt me, I hurt you. I'm just a little more efficient."

Slayer from Boston activated by Kendra's death at the hands of Drusilla in the penultimate episode of Season 2, and a Foil for Buffy in Season 3. Loved slaying a little too much, and ended up playing The Dragon to the Mayor. Moved to Angel, ended up in jail, and came back redeemed for the final few episodes.

After the battle in Sunnydale, Faith joined the others as part of the worldwide Slayer Organization, setting up shop in Cleveland, where she assisted a Slayer squad led by ex-boyfriend Robin Wood. This changed after assisting Giles with a mission against a rogue Slayer, and together they decided to find Slayers that were having difficulty with their new life and help them out.

In the aftermath of the destruction of the Seed of Wonder by Buffy and Giles' death at the hands of a brainwashed Angel, Faith remains the only person willing to associate with Angel, and is dedicated to helping him — and herself — find redemption.

  • Abusive Parents: "My dead mother hits harder than that!"
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Like Buffy, Faith once alludes to masturbation. With a stake. Cree-pee...
  • Anti-Hero: Types I through to IV, when she's not psychotic.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Faith is the one true Slayer, since she was called upon Kendra's death (who was in turn called when Buffy died.) She's a decidedly less moral, more antagonistic mold — at least initially.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: After stealing Buffy's body she tries to get Riley to engage in creepy sex. Instead he's so gentle it freaks her out.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally started out with a planed minor role in the series, similar to Kendra's, both the audiences and Joss Whedon became fans of Eliza and her character and she became a much more important to the story.
  • The Atoner
  • Attempted Rape: On Xander
  • Aunt Pennybags: At the end of Season 8, Giles dies and it turns out he left Faith with his belongings, rather than Buffy. Faith uses it to good effect, such as using it to buy the Arsenal football team beers when a Slayer picks a fight with them. Outside of that she also fulfills the trait of being fun to be around.
  • Axe Crazy: This is very much a condition she has even as a good guy. She is able to mostly keep it in check, but she is tempted to kill Angel in a hell dimension (so he would no longer place her and others in danger) and working as The Mole she loses it and tries to kill Buffy.
  • Badass
  • Bad Liar: Giles once said of her, "Faith has many skills, but fortunately lying is not one of them." Fridge Logic sets in when he hires her to infiltrate a castle and assassinate a slayer.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: As part of her role reversal with Buffy, Faith loses interest in creepy kinky sex after spending a night with Riley, who is more of the vanilla missionary-style school.
  • Bathtub Bonding: With Genevieve Savidge in Season 8.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Usually played straight, and easily explained by the enhanced resilience enjoyed by all Slayers. Even after extended battles with Buffy, who hit harder than most vampires, Faith always looked fine, without even a smudge on her makeup. Averted occasionally, as a result of a particularly significant battle, such as the rooftop duel with Buffy (Though the only real damage to her face came as a result of a long fall onto a moving truck, not from Buffy's fists).
    • While attempting to defeat The Beast in Los Angeles, Faith suffers a horrific beatdown, and is so bloody and battered afterwards that she can barely walk. Her reactions afterwards show that her confidence is just as damaged as her body.
  • Being Evil Sucks: When she begged Angel to kill her, it was because of this.
    • "Who Are You" focuses on Faith's realization of how far she's fallen from the Slayer ideal.
  • The Berserker: When we first meet her, the result of witnessing the gruesome death of her Watcher. She relapses back into it when she awakens from her coma.
    Buffy: Girl's not playing with a full deck, Giles. She has no deck. She has a 3.
    • Berserk Button: Being told off for trying to do the right thing seems to be this. After she tries to kill Angel to stop who she thinks is Angelus it causes a deep rift from the gang. When told off for trying to rationalize killing the deputy mayor and getting rid of the body she becomes psychotic and monstrous. In the comics when Buffy won't let her explain what she's doing Faith tries to drown her in a fit of rage, before realizing what she's doing.
  • Beware the Superman: Believed she was better than other people because she's a Slayer.
  • Big Eater: Being superpowered vampire hunters Slayers tend to eat a lot. Faith showed this quality more, but it's likely due to living in Perpetual Poverty and eating up when she can.
  • Blood Knight: As the Mayor's pet.
  • Book Dumb: On having the phrase "Achilles' Heel" explained to her.
    "Ah. The school thing. I was kinda absent that decade."
  • Broken Bird
  • Catch Phrase: "Five by five."
  • The Chosen One: She is the One True Slayer, with Buffy having died and being the direct replacement for Kendra. Joss Whedon has implied that, after Willow's spell activated all the Potentials alive at the time of the casting, no new Slayer will be Chosen until and unless Faith dies.
  • Closet Geek: Believe it or not she is familiar with cosplay, reads comic books, references Star Wars quite a bit, Dr. Seuss, Transformers, Mayor Wilkens buys her off with a PlayStation and she wears a Batman t-shirt, so she definitely has geekish tendencies.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the Potentials, and especially to Slayers during Angel & Faith.
    • Cool Aunt: Becomes one to Giles when he's resurrected as a twelve year old...she's bemused by his childish behavior and helps him cope with what happened to him and everything he's lost.
  • Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: Her heel\face turns respectfully.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Convenient Coma
  • Cultured Badass: Given some of her quotes she at least tries to be. She ends up mangling some lines or uses them out of context.
  • Cute and Psycho: Hoo boy, she's as crazy as she is sexy, and she's portrayed as perhaps the most sexed up character in the series.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: A surrogate daughter and enthusiastic Dragon for the Mayor.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dark Magical Girl: She's a loner foil for the friendly and perky Buffy. She looks up to an arc villain as a father-figure. She's redeemed from evil with The Power of Friendship. The only point she doesn't hit is that she never developed the extremely close relationship that magical girls and dark magical girls usually have.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Faith likes this. Most of the time it's pretty adult.
    "You don't know how many men have said that to me." On being promised that she'd get off (the murder charges against her would be dropped).
    "Just like riding a biker." On getting back into slaying after her stint in prison.
  • Death Seeker: First, she is clearly unafraid of the possibility of Buffy killing her at the end of Season 3. Dying isn't her exactly plan then, but she'd still welcome it as a victory because it would corrupt Buffy like she herself was corrupted. Secondly comes the literal example, where after spending time in Buffy's body and learning that being evil sucks, she goes to LA in hopes of getting Angel to kill her.
    • Originally Faith was to have hung herself after killing the deputy mayor.
  • Dominatrix: Doesn't mind playing sex games with boys "as long as they know who's on top."
    Cordelia: (to Connor) What the hell is it with you and Faith! As if I didn't see the way you looked at her. She cracked her whip, and you liked it. You were practically in her leather-clad lap!
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Faith seems to think raping Xander is no big deal when he visits her to discuss the murder she committed. Angel...disagrees, and shows his views to Faith forcibly.
  • The Dragon: To the Mayor.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect??: Seems to be a major factor in her decision to turn evil. Despite being a Slayer just like Buffy, Faith often felt like she was the backup, being left out of the loop and treated like she didn't matter as much as the other slayer, whether the Scoobies intended it that way or not. This, coupled with her low self-esteem and the fact she was blamed for a lot of mistakes (which in retrospect were just as much Buffy's mistakes) caused her to snap and join the Mayor's side. In contrast the Mayor treated her with respect, gave her a nice apartment and shiny new toys, and often praised her abilities as better than Buffy.
    Faith (While holding the Scythe) "It's old, strong and it feels like its mine. (Pauses) I guess that means it's yours."
  • Dynamic Character: From edgy Anti-Hero to psychotic to stubborn Reformed, but Rejected and back again. Come season nine she is considered by some In-Universe as more of The Hero than Buffy.
  • Evil Counterpart: Whereas Kendra was the polar opposite of Buffy in nearly every way, Faith was meant to represent Buffy's "road not taken", a living embodiment of what Buffy might have been had her life's circumstances been different.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door
  • Former Teen Rebel: When first introduced she was a Really Gets Around Blood Knight who didn't mind if she had to Shoot the Dog because Buffy wouldn't, such as whether or not Angel was good. After her Face-Heel Turn she became a male raping psychopath who killed and did wrong For the Evulz, and actually tried to be this to attempt suicide by vampire. After breaking out of prison she has become one of the nicest people in both series, a Sergeant Rock to younger Slayers, and had not only seemingly grown out of her bad habits such as drinking she keeps others from doing so.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her desire to be the Mayor's surrogate daughter is unsurprising, given that he's the first parental figure she had that actually loved her. Aside from her first Watcher, who was brutally murdered in front of her.
  • Friends with Benefits: She and Xander were not exactly friends, about as close as they got was him revealing that Angel was alive, and all for killing him. Nonetheless, in Xander's character episode he saves Faith from a group of vampires, then they do the deed, Faith later treating it as a casual fling. Then, when he tries to use their "connection" to talk to her about her accidental murder of the Deputy Mayor, this becomes a Moral Event Horizon crossing, as she refuses to listen, insists that guys only ever want one thing from her, pushes him onto the bed and starts forcing herself on him, and chokes him, before Angel knocks her out.
  • Gamer Chick: The Mayor gives her a Playstation, and she treats it as just about the greatest thing ever.
  • Good Feels Good: When she switched bodies with Buffy, she was expected to do Buffy-like things since nobody knew she did it. This was what led to her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Before her Face-Heel Turn.
    "I'm gonna find these Enders. I'm gonna kill 'em. I'm gonna get this MacGuffin and use it to save Angel and Giles. Anyone who wants to help, speak up. Anyone who doesn't, screw you!" Spike's cowed and falls into line.
  • Good Is Not Soft: After Xander tells her that Angel is back, after he was last seen as a monster, Faith becomes fearful of who he might hurt and decides to go behind Buffy's back to kill him. In season nine after slicing off the arm of a gun toting gangster, then burning drug dealers alive brings up the proper arrangements for their bereaved families.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Faith has taken to smoking after her Heel-Face Turn. The comics suggest it's to steady her nerves, what with dealing with what she's done and fighting over a second Hellmouth. She goes through the better half of a pack because of her unease with assassinating a rogue Slayer.
    • She smoked in the later seasons on the television show too, though it was shown rarely. One assumes she didn't do so during Season Three because the censors dislike having 'good' characters smoke. After her Face-Heel Turn, it would have been the Mayor preventing her, since he wouldn't want Daddy's Little Villain engaging in such a nasty habit.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Slowly adopts more and more murderous tendencies, until finally she is indistinguishable from Angelus himself.
  • The Hedonist: Which doesn't go well for her.
  • Heel Realization: When she switched bodies with Buffy, she eventually figures out that she could have taken a run at Angel for evil, and would reappear on his show as one in the hope he would kill her. He sees right through this ploy and doesn't comply with it.
    • Another mild one crops up in the comics. Aside from the fact she is crazy enough to snap and try to kill Buffy despite her Heel-Face Turn; due to a combination of liking the person she was going to kill, trying to protect her from Buffy and some belief that if she kills Buffy she'll be a hero; the realization she treats any an who is the least bit decent to her like dirt. While she was nice before her Face-Heel Turn and after her Heel-Face Turn after she realizes this she makes more of an effort to treat people as more than just getting what she wants.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Discussing sex role play with Spike Faith mentions this as a whack fantasy. Naturally it's revealed a certain crunchy granola girl' has such three way vampire fantasies.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: She joins the good guys again after Angel shows her The Power of Friendship.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Buffy puts Faith in a coma by stabbing her in the gut with her own knife.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Though she'd never admit it.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: After her Face-Heel Turn Faith invokes this when Buffy attacks her.
  • In the Blood: In Angel & Faith, Faith's own father tells her that, no matter how much she tries to change or how much she tries to be one of the good guys, she will always be in trouble simply because she is a Lehane, which drives Faith into a brief Heroic BSOD.
  • Klingon Promotion: Elevates herself to The Dragon after dusting Mr. Trick.
  • Jumped at the Call: Perhaps the major difference between her and Buffy (at least initially) is that while Buffy always resented being the Slayer Faith loved the new found responsibility and power that came from being a Chosen One. Prehaps because it was the first time her life had any meaning to it and she could make something of herself?
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Accidentally killing someone, or getting yelled at for her actions (such as when she tried to kill Angel or saves Buffy and an evil slayer) makes Faith completely snap. The second time especially.
  • The Lad-ette
  • Leeroy Jenkins
    Buffy: "Stop, wait, think!"
    Faith: "No, no, no."
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Buffy and Faith are Vampire Slayers, the Chosen Two. Bad girl Faith says that killing vampires always makes her hungry and horny contrasted with Buffy who sometimes craves a nonfat yogurt afterwards and cares about always doing the right thing.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming
  • Meaningful Name: Faith as in her faith in people which she keeps losing.
  • Mentor: After the Twilight crisis, Faith begins mentoring a group of Slayers based in London.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Faith cites this as a reason she doesn't like authority figures in general.
  • Morality Chain: Serves as one for Angel during the Angel & Faith comics, which is exactly what Angel wants: a friend he trusts to make sure he doesn't Jump Off The Slippery Slope again like he did as Twilight.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Slightly more physically imposing than Buffy, and her fighting style favors powerful strikes. She still shouldn't be able to hit like a truck without Slayer powers.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: From the get-go she's much more violent than any of the heroes, enjoys fighting, drinking, and promiscuous sex. She's also street smart and snarky even by the standards of this snow.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: How she treats her one night stands. Wood teases her about it motivating Faith to try and ravish him despite them trying to prepare for the final battle, before he convinces her to give him a chance to show that men can be more than a quick lay.
  • Older and Wiser: Faith had come a long way from when she first appeared.
  • Orphan's Ordeal
  • Pop Cultured Badass: Faith has a habit of referencing classic literature, music, Star Wars of all things, and in one particularly frightening scene even Transformers.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Faith's induction into the Scoobies helped to temper her lawless approach to slaying (which Buffy initially didn't know about). However, Buffy lied to her about Angel's resurrection, which allowed Gwendolyn Post used to turn Faith against the gang.
  • Prophetic Name: You can take this from several view-points. For instance, her sponsorship by Angel, or (in the comic series) Faith's loyalty to same.
  • Psycho for Hire: She enjoys beating up the bad guys a little too much from the beginning.
  • Put on a Bus: Being rendered comatose, then going to jail.
  • The Quisling
  • Really Gets Around: Before her Face-Heel Turn she lists off a number of boyfriends, and prods Buffy about Angel and Xander. Then after her Heel-Face Turn she describes another boyfriend she had to Spike, and sleeps with Wood.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: For a good while in Season 7. About the only one to accept her is Willow, who just came off from a stint of evil-doing herself.
  • Reformed Criminal
  • The Resenter
  • Rival Turned Evil
  • Rogue Agent
  • Running Gag: Played for Drama. From her introduction Faith takes Buffy's friends, her meal and looks like she's trying to take her job. From there it gets worse: first she sleeps with Xander, before later trying to rape and kill him. She tries to take Angel from Buffy (which she ironically succeeds at), her life; in both senses of the word, her body, her current boyfriend, and then she seemingly sleeps with Spike, takes Buffy's leadership of the potentials, then Robin Wood who was Buffy's potential boyfriend, then Giles, then Angel, in short everything Buffy had Faith takes away from her. Tragically half of these are by accident. Buffy's friends like Faith, Angel rejects Buffy over the way she acts when he tries to help Faith, it would later be confirmed that Faith did not sleep with Spike, the potentials reject Buffy over the way she's acting, Buffy is outraged with Giles and Angel over what they've done and thus turn to Faith. Things like Buffy's food, or boyfriends, are a case when Faith does not think, or worse, when she does.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Outside of her selfish nature Faith is willing to Shoot the Dog and kill Angel in case he goes evil, cover up her accidental murder of a morally grey character, and allow herself to be killed to satisfy Buffy's thirst for vengeance and go against Angel trying to redeem her. Recently, she gets so upset with Angel tormenting himself that she tries to stab him in the back and turn him human so he can let go of the guilt he feels, only stopping because of the Body Horror her actions would cause.
  • Self Harm: A bit of an atypical variant, as she's harming her body while her mind isn't actually occupying it. (As such, this could be argued not to be harming "herself" per se. That said, all of the self-loathing and rage of a self-harmer is present as she lays into her Buffy-occupied body.)
  • Sex Is Cool: Faith's raison d'etre. She needles Buffy about her love life and sets her sights on Xander. Possibly the most varied and numerous of sex lives, putting the moves on most if not all of Buffy's potential and actual love interests, including at least two vampires.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Giles is clearly impressed when Faith shows off her look for going undercover at a formal party, a Pimped-Out Dress with Absolute Cleavage.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Buffy and Xander and Angel, before her Face-Heel Turn.
  • Shout-Out: Her finally revealed surname of Lehane is probably a Shout Out to crime novelist Dennis Lehane.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor
  • Street Smart
  • Teenage Wasteland: A teenage girl who knows all about the Five Basic torture Groups. The Mayor must be so proud!
  • The Hero: In an official capacity she is the Slayer, despite Buffy being Back from the Dead. In universe and out she is treated as one of the nicer characters at the end, when Buffy Took a Level in Jerkass. And in the comics she is not only a Nice Girl, but Angel specifically wanted her to keep him on a muzzle lest he go off the rails, and she leads a squad of Slayers in London. And she's treated as The Hero over Buffy even before she saves the world.
  • The Leader: When Buffy forces the Slayer army to kick her out Faith is seen as more reasonable and takes up the leadership role, only to relinquish it when a mission ends in disaster. When Spike enters the fray and the two two hundred year old vampires are acting about five she has to step in, much to Angel's embarrassment.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During her Face-Heel Turn, Up to Eleven.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: There's little resemblance from her psychotic earlier years and the way she becomes after her incarceration.
  • Torture Technician: She was quite fond of torture - at one point, Angel complimented her on how well she knew how to do it. One wonders how a teenager knew so much about the "five basic torture groups".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Buffy in Season 3 until she breaks that friendship up badly. She and Buffy do become closer again at the ends of Season 7 and Season 8.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Faith loads up on weapons after learning of a Back from the Dead, supposedly reformed Angel being in possession of a magical glove, scared of who he might kill. When she finds Giles had been attacked she immediately thinks 'Angel' and defies everyone in a bid to kill him. Then there was the time she and Angel discovered demon blood that could heal and even turn vampires back into humans. Because of how obsessed he was with making amends Faith intended to force it into him, and was just about to do so when she learned it would have done a lot more harm.
  • What Could Have Been: One storyline idea was that Buffy would have found Faith had hanged herself, unable to live with killing an innocent man. What the writers came up with instead was much more interesting.
  • Whip It Good: "This one guy I ran with, he liked me to dress up like a schoolgirl, and take this friggen bullwhip, and I'd be like..."
  • Written-In Absence: Before Faith turned evil, the writers had to come up with reasons why she wasn't around to help Buffy in episodes like "Helpless" or "Lovers Walk" — it was usually put down to her self-isolation and wayward nature.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: Faith once theorized that this is why she and Buffy don't get along. After all, There Can Be Only One.

Sineya, The First Slayer (Sharon Ferguson)

"I have no speech, no name. I live in the action of death. The blood cry, the penetrating wound. I am destruction, absolute, alone."

Sineya, the First of the Ones, the Primitive. The first girl to ever become a Vampire Slayer, she had the "honor" forced upon her by the Shadow Men. She was an outcast from her village, who feared her even more than the demons she fought.

Nikki Wood (April Weeden-Washington/K.D. Aubert)

A Slayer in the 1970's, and the mother of Robin Wood. Appears several times in flashbacks, where Spike kills her, and as a disguise of The First.

Kennedy (Iyari Limon)

"I've always sort of gotten my way. So you're going to make it through this no matter how dark it gets. Because now, you're my way."

Potential Slayer, self-professed brat from a rich family, and love interest for Willow in Season 7. Hated by much of the fandom. Also noteworthy as being part of the first lesbian sex scene on network television (with Willow). Willow breaks up with her at the end of Season 8, and in Season 9 Kennedy starts a company which employs Slayers as bodyguards.
  • Action Girl
  • Badass: Even before she became a Slayer.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mild case: one of the first things she says to Buffy after seeing her after hearing about her "experiment" with Satsu is to stay away from Willow.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Is Cheap: Died for a month before being brought back by Willow, pre-Season 8.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Buffy may be bad at leading, but at least she doesn't have blood on her hands. Kennedy thought it'd be cool to refer to the other potential Slayers as maggots.
  • Good Counterpart: To Simone in season nine. One of the reasons why Simone has an ax to grind is over Buffy keeping them defenseless. Rather than killing her and turning Slayers into vampires, Kennedy loads them up with guns and gives them real world training to defend themselves and others.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • Noodle Incident: The above mentioned death.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When in charge of Slayer bodyguards she was nice enough to offer Buffy a job, and was quite tolerant of her, given she screwed up royally in her training, was going to abandon working for her, and later punched her. Later Faith screws up just as bad and tries to leave, instead she gives her a important assignment involving Riley going missing.
  • Royal Brat: Lampshaded by Kennedy herself, as she comes from a rich family with multiple mansions. Wait, is she one of those Kennedys?
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Ignores the idea of not being allowed to engage in corporate warfare to take down a company ran by Wolfram & Hart.
  • Super Strength
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Inverted. She's pretty much Tara's opposite, which did her popularity no favors at all.
  • Tykebomb: Knew how to use a crossbow since she was eight years old.

Vi / Violet (Felicia Day)

"I could use a shot of that yak urine right about now."

One of the potential Slayers who arrived in Sunnydale, Violet survived the final battle there and became a leading member in the Slayer organization, heading up the New York base.

Rona (Indigo)

Another of the potential Slayers who joined the growing army in Sunnydale, Rona was a reluctant Slayer, but became a squad leader in Chicago. She was more frustrated and resistant to the whole slayer-thing than many of the others.

Amanda (Sarah Hagan)

A student at Sunnydale High with Dawn, Amanda was discovered to be a potential Slayer and joined the growing army at Buffy's house. She was killed during the battle in the Hellmouth.

    Sunnydale High Faculty 

Principal Robert Flutie (Ken Lerner)

Buffy: Mr. Flutie...
Mr. Flutie: All the kids here are free to call me Bob.
Buffy: Bob—
Mr. Flutie: But they don't.

Principal of Sunnydale High in early Season 1.

Principal R. Snyder (Armin Shimerman)

"There are things I will not tolerate: students loitering on campus after school, horrible murders with hearts being removed. And also smoking."

Principal of Sunnydale High after Principal Flutie was eaten by possessed students. He really had it in for Buffy due to her delinquent record and because he was a stooge for the Big Bad of Season 3. Got eaten by the Mayor (in snake-demon form) in the Season 3 finale.
  • Adults Are Useless
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Early in season 3, his reasons for not letting Buffy back into Sunnydale High are her poor grades, spotty attendance record, and, above all else, "tingling pleasure" that he didn't have to put up with her anymore.
  • Asshole Victim
  • Bald of Evil
  • Child Hater: Likens his students to locusts.
  • Day in the Limelight: Band Candy was the episode that feature him more than any other, albeit completely out of character. Makes one wonder what happened to him to have messed up him so much.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Death by Irony: In the episode where he first appears, he talks about how the previous principal got eaten. Guess what happens to him in the Season 3 finale.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    Snyder: You really have faith in those kids, don't you?
    Giles: Yes, I do.
    Snyder: Weird.
  • Fiction Isn't Fair
  • Freudian Excuse: It's hinted that he had Mommy Issues. Also, there's this:
    Buffy: You never ever got a single date in high school, did you?
    Snyder: Your point being?
  • Insane Troll Logic: Uses plenty of this to pin trouble on Buffy.
  • Jerkass: When the series was running it was not outside the realm of possibility that Vegas took bets on whether Angelus sought him out on guidance on how to hurt Buffy, and that was before it was shown that he almost gets a sexual kick out of it.
  • Last Name Basis: We never find out his name though it starts with an "R".
  • Meaningful Name: Snyder — snide.
  • Mole in Charge
  • The Napoleon
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy
  • Sadist Teacher: He hated Buffy from the minute he saw her and constantly tried to get her expelled, succeeding at the end of season 2 when circumstantial evidence led the police to think Buffy had murdered Kendra and beaten up her friends. After she was cleared of all charges, Snyder still refused to let her back into Sunnydale High simply because he was glad that she was gone, but the school board, along with physical and professional threats from Giles, forced him to change his mind.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When transformed back into a teenager ("Band Candy"), he was shown to be a relatively friendly dork and seemingly looked up to the Scoobies. He even liked Oz's Cool Hair!
  • Secret Keeper: He knew about the existence of the Hellmouth all along - and was even charged to keep it a secret from as many people as possible by the Mayor himself. That said, he was completely oblivious to Buffy's identity or the Scooby Gang.
  • Smug Snake
  • Tagalong Kid: After regressing to his adolescent self. ("Band Candy")
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm
  • Waistcoat of Style
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Mayor promises him a reward for his services. A few hours later, he eats him.

Jenny Calendar (Robia LaMorte)

Computer science teacher at Sunnydale High, techno-pagan, and Giles' Love Interest in Seasons 1 & 2 until she was killed by Angelus. She's also a member of the gypsy tribe that cursed Angel, and was sent to keep an eye on him in Sunnydale.

Robin Wood (DB Woodside)

"I knew I signed on for something, but, Buffy, I'm just a guy. Granted, a cool and sexy vampire-fighting guy, but still."

The principal of the renovated Sunnydale High in Season 7. Turns out to be the son of Nikki Wood, a Slayer that Spike killed in the 1970s. He tries to seek vengeance for his mother's murder, but fails. After the defeat of The First, Robin led a Slayer squad in Cleveland, Ohio.

     The Watchers Council 

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof)

Click here  to see Wesley in Angel

"Sorry. I think my sense of humor is trapped in a jar somewhere."

A replacement sent by the Watcher's Council following Giles' termination. Clean-cut, by the book, and not without an inflated sense of self, Wesley is immediately detested by both Buffy and Faith. Most of his decisions (though well-intentioned) fail spectacularly, such as his attempt to "rehabilitate" Faith when she goes rogue. Like Giles before him, the Council eventually tires of Wesley and lets him go. At a loose end, he became a "rogue demon hunter" himself, his travels eventually leading him to LA, where he joined Angel Investigations. As a former Watcher, Wesley is the resident demon expert. As the series progresses, he slowly becomes more assertive, confident - and dangerously smart.
  • Abusive Parents: His father used to lock him in the cellar and generally belittled his son in every single way one can imagine.
  • The Alcoholic
  • An Arm and a Leg: His counterpart in the Skipverse is missing an arm, likely from the same demon who appeared in "Parting Gifts" (but without Angel to help him in this timeline). His fencing skills are still formidable, though.
    "Ah, Kungai demon. Couple of years ago."
  • Badass Biker: Subverted in his first episode. Those leather pants really chafe his...legs.
    • Badass Bookworm
    • Badass Normal: He's possibly the most badass human on the series. One feels he could take on Angel with little problem if he were so inclined.
    • Handicapped Badass: A zombified cop's bullet lands Wesley in a wheelchair for a while, but you don't need legs to load a shotgun! Then there's his Skipverse counterpart, who's a good fighter and formidable fencer with only one arm.
    • Heartbroken Badass: There's no doubt about this one.
    • Took a Level in Badass: In Buffy, he was a bumbling, stuffy guy who never disobeyed the rules. In his first episode of Angel, he wore a leather jacket and called himself a "Rogue Demon Hunter." Of course, he was still bumbling and didn't really become Badass until after his throat was cut — which also explains why he stopped shaving.
  • Better as Friends: He and Cordelia come to this conclusion after the Mother of All Awkward Kisses.
  • Brains and Bondage: Eek.
    Angel: Who do we know that has handcuffs?
    Wes: Well, I — ! ...wouldn't know.
  • British Stuffiness
  • Captain Obvious
  • Chekhov's Skill: Specifically, darts.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Wesley can be surprisingly ruthless, willingly sacrificing his allies or sending men to their deaths as part of a grand design. In his own words:
    "You try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everybody killed."
  • Cunning Linguist: With mixed results. You try arguing prophecy with a giant hamburger.
  • Dating Catwoman: Lilah Morgan, whom he later beheaded. Ah, love.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very Britishly so.
    Client: (upon learning she's not alone in having superpowers, turns to Cordelia) So what's wrong with you?
    Wesley: Where to begin?
  • Death Seeker: Whenever he's morally conflicted, Wesley is uncomfortably reckless with his own life.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight/Dies Wide Open: In the final raid on the Senior Partners, Wesley is assigned to take out Vail, the sorceror. Vail runs him through with a knife, and Illyria is left to tearfully cradle his body.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: As creepily as the show can manage. When he's not being turned into a misogynist rage monster and attacking Fred, he's casually dropping death threats to Gunn, his romantic rival.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Develops an obsessive need for the juice to counter the melancholy of Fred's death. He is seldom entirely sober, as Spike sniffed out.
    • Maybe not drowning, but he certainly takes his sorrows for a swim after his split from AI.
  • Dynamic Character: We see glimpses of his dark side in Pylea (Season 2) and in an alternate universe where the team soldiers on without Cordelia (Season 3). His near-death experience changes him for the worse.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He was "Head Boy" at Academy.
    • Wesley seems blissfully unaware of the connotations - which is understandable, as Head Boy (and Head Girl) is an extremely normal title in British schools.
  • Emergency Impersonation: In the episode "Guise Will Be Guise", where he is forced to impersonate Angel. Right down to quaffing a glass of blood.
  • Ensign Newbie: Wesley's only encounters with vampires thus far have been under "controlled circumstaces"; basically, he's in over his head from the get-go.
  • Eureka Moment: Lampshaded by Angel.
    Lorne: You mean he actually says "Eureka"?
  • Exalted Torturer: He's awfully handy with a knife. Or scalpel. Or arrowhead.
    "I avoided the major organs. He'll probably live."
  • Extraverted Nerd: His character sheet entry reads, "Thinks he's Sean Connery when he's pretty much George Lazenby."
  • Foil: To Giles. The curmudgeonly Watcher never forgot the grief he suffered under Wesley, as Andrew later reports in Season Five of Angel.
  • Fanservice Pack
  • Fatal Flaw: Mistrust of others, and compulsively hoarding every secret to himself.
  • Fate Worse than Death: His ghost is still stuck working for the Senior Partners in Hell.
  • Fire-Forged Friends/Salt and Pepper: With Gunn in Angel Season Two.
  • Geek Physiques
  • Genius Bruiser
  • The Glasses Gotta Go
  • Good Is Dumb: The least trustworthy member on Angel's team is also the smartest. What are the odds?
    • Played with. For one thing he's only the smartest if you don't count Fred, for another the reason he's untrustworthy is because he follows his own moral compass even when it conflicts with his loyalty to the team. In some ways he's actually the most moral and selfless of anyone on the team including Angel.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Demonstrated this more and more as time went on, but there are hints as early as his appearances in Buffy.
  • The Gunslinger: Type C: The Woo. Wes is generally the guy with guns, though Gunn and Fred occasionally use them. The showy moves are strictly his department, however.
  • Guttural Growler: Justified in the aftermath of his throat-slitting. He adopts a sotto voice for the remainder of the show, and the scar remains visible for a long time.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Stealing Angel's baby, then going solo for a while.note 
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Collapsible wrist-mounted swords.
  • Insistent Terminology: In his first Angel appearance, wants to make sure everyone knows that he's a rogue demon hunter.
    Cordelia: What's a rogue demon?
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: It eventually came back to bite him in Season Three.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: In the comic, he is permanently-bound to one of his old Buffy-era suits. Wesley surmises the Senior Partners are just finding new ways to torment him some more, since the suit and glasses are a reminder of his past self that he left behind.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Becomes fond of these after his Character Development sets in.
  • Jaded Washout: In slow-motion. Wesley is basically the same guy from before the Watcher's Council fired him. On the other hand, he's not eager to rejoin those officious windbags, even when bribed. Over the course of years, he grows so detached from his old values that the demolition of the Council building doesn't even upset him.
  • Klingon Promotion: Became Illyria's de facto consort after shooting the first one.
  • The Klutz: In his early post-Buffy appearances. For the love of god, don't let him near an ax.
  • The Lancer: When Fred is playing the Smart Guy role.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Cordelia.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Famously gets conked out by a single punch during the Sunnydale High siege.
  • Morality Chain: Resigns himself to helping Illyria be a good citizen, despite being a pretty lousy role model himself.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's an ex-Watcher, seems to come with the territory.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Two big examples:
    • When Faith begins to go rogue in Buffy season 3, Wesley, after finding out by eavesdropping on Buffy and Giles, calls in a special ops team and arrests her, unfortunately ruining Angel's plan to reach her just as he was beginning to get through to her and kicking off a series of events which leads to Faith becoming Mayor Wilkins' second-in-command. Buffy and the Scoobies already disliked him before, and he only further cements their hatred of him with this screw-up.
    • Then, in Angel season 3, he's fooled by a fake prophecy that claims that Angel will murder his own son, and makes a deal with Angel's enemy Holtz to take him to safety, only for Holtz's second-in-command Justine to slit his throat and steal the baby herself, resulting in a sequence of events that led to Connor being trapped in the hell dimension Quor'toth, where he undergoes Training from Hell and emerges as an Ax-Crazy Antagonistic Offspring. Fake prophecy or not, Angel was understandably anything but pleased with Wesley.
    • Angelus summed it up best:
    Angelus: Good old Wes. Always count on him to tackle a bad situation and make it worse.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Again — Collapsible wrist-mounted swords.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Brought back in After the Fall by the Senior Partners. This is doubly ironic, as Wesley is bound to a "standard perpetuity clause" in his contract, the same as Holland Manners and Lilah. Furthermore, he now serves as liaison to the Senior Partners, taking over from Hamilton (whom Angel killed in the series finale).
  • Perma Stubble: After he Took a Level in Badass.
    Willow: Oh, and it's the Marlboro man.
  • Pragmatic Hero: "You try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everyone killed."
  • Properly Paranoid: Wesley is never entirely at ease with a vampire boss, and is always preparing countermeasures against Angel's heel turn. His background as a former Watcher ensures this kind of thinking.
  • Reality Ensues: Before he was assigned to be Buffy and Faith's Watcher, his only encounters with vampires were brief and, in his own words, "under controlled circumstances," arrogantly declaring himself to be capable in the field. Needless to say, when he gets in a real fight later on, he turns out to be completely useless and Giles has to save his ass.
  • Refused by the Call: Wesley's fatal flaw has always been that he considers himself The Hero of the piece. From as early as B3 to as late as A4, Wes has trouble conceiving the basic notion that the story does not revolve around him. He takes it upon himself to make hard choices, and do make what he thinks are the right plays regardless of what others tell him, because at a fundamental level, he's certain that that burden of responsibility for saving the world and protecting everyone falls on his shoulders moreso than anyone else's. Basically every mistake he made through his entire character history has been rooted in this one flaw, from abducting Faith to stealing Angel's son.
  • Replacement Flat Character: To Giles, who groans that Wes has "the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone."
  • Scars Are Forever: It takes approximately one Season for that neck scar to disappear.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Wesley and Spike seemed to be shaping into this by the time the show was canceled.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His trusty Mossberg 12-gauge. Manages to land only one hit with it, alas.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Due to his own feelings for Fred, isn't particularly fond of her relationship with Gunn, and even less so of her semi-flirtation with Knox. He gets the girl in the end, though.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Spot of Tea: "You know, there's something about brewed tea you simply cannot replicate with a bag."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Fred.
  • Stalking Is Love: Fred goes for him in the end.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He is this in spades after the events of season 3.
  • Together in Death: In her final scene with Wesley, Illyira allows one selfless gesture by taking Fred's shape, then consoling Wesley that they will be together in the afterlife.
    • Subverted (of course) in After the Fall, wherein Wesley is stuck working for the Senior Partners in Hell for all eternity.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • TV Genius
  • Turn Coat
  • The Unfettered: Wesley does what is right. It doesn't matter if he has to betray his friends, torture witnesses, sacrifice his chances with the woman he loves, shoot his father dead in cold blood, resurrect his friend's evil alter ego or risk his life and sacrifice his chance at a career to protect a woman who was sadistically torturing him hours before. If Wesley thinks he knows what is needed for the greater good, there is no emotional attachment he won't sacrifice, no anguish he won't suffer, no underhanded method he will not use to achieve it.
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • We Used to Be Friends
    Wesley: I have no idea where Angel is, Lilah, or what happened to him. And I really couldn't care.
    Lilah: Wow. That was cold. I think we're finally making progress. Come on. Doesn't it bother you just a little bit? The not knowing?
    Wesley: That part of my life is dead. Doesn't concern me now.
    • Subverted: He was looking for Angel the whole time.
    • Double Subverted: After he finds him, he still stays the hell away.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: When he becomes the leader of Angel Investigations during Angel season 2, he calls his father up in the hopes on getting his approval... only to discover that dear ol' Dad is more concerned with when, what, and how he'll screw up next.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed
  • Zen Survivor: His new, grizzled look is a perfect fit for Los Angeles under permanent midnight. He gets even more philosophical when he's deep into the whiskey.

Quentin Travers (Harris Yulin)

"The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument with which we fight. The Council remains. The Slayers... change. It's been that way from the beginning."

Leader of the Watchers Council. A traditionalist who doesn't like the way Giles and Buffy does things. First fired Giles for being too close to Buffy, and tried to replace him with Wesley for both Faith and Buffy. Then, two years later, made them go through a review in order to see if the Scooby Gang was worthy of their intel on Glory. Two years after that, Quentin, and the rest of the Watchers Council, are killed by Caleb shortly before their rallying to war and fight the First.

The Shadow Men (Geoffrey Kasule, Karara Muhoro, Daniel Wilson)

"We cannot give you knowledge. Only power."

A trio of African shamans who created the first Slayer to combat the forces of evil and were the precursors to the Watchers Council. They only appear in one episode, season 7's Get It Done.

Merrick

Buffy's first watcher before Giles. He introduced her to the supernatural world around her before she moved to Sunnydale. Only appears in the movie, origin comic and flashbacks. In both contnuity's he dies to protect Buffy from Count Lothos

     Government and Law Enforcement 

Samantha Finn (Ivana Milicevic)

Government demon hunter and spy, married to Riley.

Kate Lockley (Elisabeth Rhm)

" Well, you see, the thing about "detectives" is, they have rsums. And business licenses. And last names."

A member of the LAPD, Kate first encounters Angel when both are on the trail of a serial killer with Kate unaware that the killer is a demon. After this, she becomes Angel's friend on the force, though relations turn frosty when she finds out what he's fighting and exactly what he is. Leaves in the second season but returns and joins Angel Investigations in the comics.
  • Action Girl: She can go toe-to-toe with vampires.
  • Agent Scully: Before graduating to a full-fledged Mulder (this is lampshaded by her dull-witted partner).
    "Scully's the skeptic. (Beat.) Mulder's the one who wants to believe. Scully's the skeptic."
    "...Scully's the chick, right?"
  • Badass Normal
  • Cowboy Cop: When she mistakenly believes that Angel is the Serial Killer she's looking for, she has absolutely zero qualms against searching the Angel Investigations offices without getting a warrant beforehand.
  • Economy Cast: The show eventually got around this by turning Kate Inspector Javert. It's mentioned that she spends all hours of the night listening to the police scanner, which would explain why she's always first on the scene.
  • Fair Cop
  • Friend on the Force
  • Happily Failed Suicide: In the second-season episode "Reprise."
  • Inspector Javert: Ends up this towards Angel to the extent that, after a Back from the Dead Darla tells her that Angel was behind a string of murders, Kate unhesitatingly storms the Hyperion with a SWAT team to have him arrested. However, she is forced to accept the truth when Gunn points out that Angel, being a vampire, couldn't possibly have just stormed in and killed someone in their own home unless he was explicitly invited or the residents were already dead.
  • Occult Detective
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Put on a Bus: After Rhm left the show to join Law & Order.
    • She quit fighting supernatural crime in the West Coast to fight normal crime in the East Coast.
    • The Bus Came Back: In the comic, at least.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Lampshaded by Kate after her superiors take exception to her growing interest in the macabre. She's later bounced off to the filing room, or something.
  • Super Cop
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: In her first appearance ("Lonely Hearts").
  • Weak, but Skilled: She knows that she isn't strong enough to fight vampires head-on, so she uses pragmatic tactics to gain the upper hand.
  • What Could Have Been: Kate was originally supposed to be a deep undercover cop posing as a prostitute. And a drug addict. Because why not? Executive Meddling led to this grimdark script - the episode called "Corrupt" - being shelved and rewritten into the much Lighter and Softer "Lonely Hearts."
    • Kate's bitterness at her father's death was to have led to her becoming Holtz's disciple. Once Rhm was unavailable, Kate's fate was changed; her backstory and thirst for vengeance was transplanted onto Justine.

     Supernatural Creatures 

Whistler

A balancing demon sent by the Powers That Be. Whistler guides Angel into meeting Buffy, and also tries to assist her in stopping Angelus. Later reappeared during the Twilight crisis and its aftermath.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: What he seeks to maintain.
  • Bigger Bad: He is behind the whole Twilight thing in season 8.
    • Big Bad: Steps into this role for Angel & Faith.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seemed like a pretty harmless 'spiritual advisor' type, but come Season Nine and he's showing off sufficient power to leave Nash and Pearl quivering in fear and punching holes through Angel.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Pretty much all he ever says.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's quite a sarcastic fellow.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: When Angel makes it clear that he will not support Whistler's methods, Whistler loses his temper, puts his fist through Angel's gut, and comes dangerously close to staking him before managing to stop himself, remarking that even after everything that's happened, Angel is still his "favorite kid" and he doesn't want to kill him. However, he nonetheless departs while warning Angel to stay out of his way or he would be forced to.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • I've Come Too Far: After releasing a magic plague over London, causing people to painfully mutate into monsters, Angel forces him to look at what he's done to innocents in an attempt to get through to him. While he is briefly swayed and appears unsure, Whistler brushes it off, telling Angel that no matter what, he's come too far in his plans to stop now.
  • One-Winged Angel: He can take after his demonic parent too, if he feels like it...
  • Nice Hat
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: He is the product of an Interspecies Romance between a pure-blood demon and an agent of The Powers That Be (basically an angel, although not depicted with wings). The Powers and the demons banded together to kill his parents for their transgression, but the Powers spared Whistler to serve as an agent of balance.
  • Precognition: Although it is "all outta whack" after the destruction of the Seed of Wonder.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Sanity Slippage: Angel bluntly tells him that he believes that being separated from The Multiverse and the Powers since the Seed was destroyed have made him crazy. And he may have a point.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season Nine.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His plan to restore magic, as well as the Twilight arc, would have and will kill billions, but he legitimately believes it's the only way to save the rest of the world.
  • Wild Card

Clement / Clem (James C. Leary)

A friendly and mild-mannered demon who befriended the Scoobies in season 6. Eventually hightailed it out of Sunnydale as the showdown with The First drew closer.

Merl (Matthew James)

Jesus, man! I mean, can't you, you know, knock?
You don't make that funny expression when I knock. Or if you do, I don't see it.
—Merl and Angel

An unlucky snitch who hangs around Lorne's bar, Caritas. Instead of giving Merl monetary payment, however, Angel frequently intimidates Merl into giving him the necessary information, similar to how Willy the Snitch was regularly beaten up by Buffy for information.

Gwen Raiden (Alexa Davalos)

"[Realizing Angel has no reflection] OK. After I kick your ass, I'm gonna ask about that"

Gwen was born with the ability to generate and control electricity, with the downside being that she can't turn it off, and thus can't make contact with another person. She uses her power to work as a thief for hire, and runs into the gang when hired to steal a mystical artifact. A thief by nature, she shows up when she needs help, but always leaves before things get too hairy.

Nina Ash

A werewolf introduced in season 5. She becomes a love interest for Angel.

     Other Characters 

Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland)

"You belong at-at a good old-fashioned college with keg parties and boys, not here with Hellmouths and vampires."

Buffy and Dawn's divorced single mother, who runs an art gallery. She is originally ignorant about Buffy's activities as the Slayer but learns about them in Season 2. She still worries about her daughter and is reluctantly supportive of her work. She dies of an aneurysm in Season 5, an event which greatly affects all the Scoobies.
  • Action Mom: Only in a few episodes, but when she's confronted or Buffy's in danger, she fights back.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played relatively straight in the first season, then played with throughout - Joyce does as much as she can for Buffy, but at points it's just not realistic to help out a super-powered daughter.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Teenage!Joyce in "Band Candy."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After Joyce's death, Dawn attempts to bring her back in an episode based on "The Monkey's Paw."
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: though it served to accentuate the Death Is Dramatic nature of the episode.
  • Former Teen Rebel
  • Good Parents
  • Gut Punch: Her death in series 5 is listed as an example on this trope's main page and marked a shift towards a darker tone for the series in general.
  • High School Sweethearts: Actually, college sweethearts. Joyce met Buffy's father at a school dance, while going stag.
  • It Runs in the Family: A gift for banter and sarcasm runs deep in Summers women.
  • Mama Bear: Attacks Spike with an axe when he threatens her daughter in Season 2's "School Hard."
  • My Beloved Smother: According to Buffy.
  • Never My Fault: In "Dead Man's Party," she all but openly dismisses the fact that her ultimatum to Buffy in the second season finale was instrumental in Buffy's decision to run away. However, unlike most other examples, she admits that she reacted badly, but still states that didn't give Buffy the excuse to run.
  • Odd Friendship: With Spike. No one really gets it, but the two definitely enjoy each others company.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Her attempts to tag along on Buffy's patrols. She brought snacks!
  • Parental Obliviousness: Early in the series, until the Season 2 finale.
  • Stepford Smiler: To an extent...
    Buffy: I think she's just so wigged at hitting on one of my friends that she's repressing. She's getting pretty good at that... I should probably start worrying...
  • Talkative Loon: In "Listening to Fear".
  • Team Mom: Parental substitute for Xander and Willow to some degree.
  • Villain over for Dinner: Her and Spike on several occasions.
    Joyce: Have we met?
    Spike: Uh, you hit me with an axe one time. Remember, uh, "Get the hell away from my daughter"?

Hank Summers (Dean Butler)

Buffy and Dawn's father (though he may never have actually met the latter outside of their fake memories); divorced Joyce some time pre-series, and was infrequently in and out of his family's life after that before apparently running off to Spain with his secretary and not getting back in touch until months after Joyce's death.
  • Amicable Exes: We're never given an opportunity to see him and Joyce as anything but this. The only fight that we see between the two is during a flashback from when they were still married, and the two are extremely cordial in Hank's few appearances in the show. And while Season 3 begins the trend of underlining some of Hank's less than virtuous features, Joyce still speaks fondly of him as late as Season 4's "Fear Itself", even reassuring Buffy that her father loved her very much. It's only really after Joyce's death that his status as a deadbeat is fully implemented.
  • Characterization Marches On: Outside of Buffy's bad dream turned reality in "Nightmares", he seemed like a decent enough guy before turning into a zero responsibility zone offscreen. Granted, his actual screentime was minimal.
  • Disappeared Dad: The start of a trend in the series.
  • Foreshadowing: Became the person in Buffy's nightmare in "Nightmares".
  • The Ghost: After Season Two, the exceptions being "The Weight of the World" (in a flashback) and "Normal Again" (in the Cuckoo Nest).
  • Jerkass
  • Sexy Secretary: Apparently ran off with one.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: "Nightmares".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?
  • Your Cheating Heart: Implied.

Anne Steele (Julia Lee)

"You're not afraid of me."
"Well, I've seen worse things since. I've seen a fourteen-year-old girl sitting in her own blood after a rough trick and dozens of people just walking right by, so no, vampires, demons, even lawyers pretty much don't impress me."
Angel and Anne

Ex-vampire groupie whose romanticism came to an abrupt end during a run-in with Spike & Drusilla. After migrating to L.A., she adopted the name "Anne" — in honor of her two-time rescuer, Buffy Anne Summers — and opened a teen shelter, which is how she came into acquaintance with Gunn and his boys. Herself a teenage runaway, Anne is passionately (some might say stupidly) idealistic in her job. She represents an 'on the street' parallel to Angel's mission.
  • Ascended Extra
  • Back for the Finale
  • Characterization Marches On
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror
  • Damsel in Distress: Twice over on Buffy. She's a good deal tougher on Angel.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer in her early years.
  • The Determinator
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After discovering that "Chantarelle" is a type of fungus.
  • Have We Met?: Defied In "Blood Money", neither Angel nor Anne recognize one another, despite having met briefly three years earlier. For Angel, who spent centuries in a Hell dimension inbetween, it's been even longer than that. Writer Mere Smith explains: "Joss was like, 'Do you remember everybody you met three years ago, and shared three sentences with?' And I was like, 'Oh, fine, use logic.'"
  • I Have Many Names: As a teen, she became attached to a cult led by a "loser preacher" who dubbed her "Sister Sunshine". Afterward, she reinvented herself as "Chantarelle" and became a regular at the Sunset Club. Next, she drifted to Los Angeles and took on the name "Lily Houston". It was during this time that she ran into Buffy, who was herself a runaway and going by an alias: "Anne." Buffy's heroism so inspired her that she decided to adopt Buffy's middle name as her own.
    • The shooting script for "Lie to Me" gives her birthname as Joan Appleby, but this didn't make it into the cut. Ironically, not only did Anne take her name from Buffy, but Buffy briefly and unwittingly takes her name from Anne after becoming amnesic ("Tabula Rasa").
    Buffy: I like it. I feel like a "Joan."
  • Little Hero, Big War
  • Nave Everygirl
  • Of Corsets Sexy: As "Chanterelle."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We've never found out her actual name.
  • Perky Goth: Used to be a regular at The Sunset Club, a gothic night club for vampire poseurs and wannabes. However, most members had never actually seen a real vampire, and thus they naively believed them to be gentle, misunderstood beings, referring to them as the "Lonely Ones."
  • The Runaway
  • Shout-Out: When Angel examines her driver's license, Anne's address is listed as "Willoughby Ave." Anne Steele and John Willoughby are characters in Sense and Sensibility.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist

     Other Buffys 

Wishverse Buffy

"The universe is what it is. We fight. We die."

When Cordelia wishes that Buffy never came to Sunnydale Anya creates an alternate world where she instead operates over the second-rate hellmouth in Cleveland. Buffy eventually makes her way to Sunnydale, after Giles tries contacting her, where we quickly see that she's...changed.
  • Anti-Hero: Type three. That's not even open to debate.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, she sports a scar running across her lips, like Melaka Fray.
  • Braids of Action: Wears a single braided ponytail, as opposed to the normal Buffy's twin-braid style.
  • Broken Pedestal: Built up to be the one to save the world. Not only is she personally not nice, she fails.
  • Cleveland: Buffy fought there due to there also being a hellmouth. Given her attitude it hadn't changed much.
  • The Cynic: She makes Faith look sunny and sweet.
  • Dark Action Girl: To the point where Faith is Lighter and Softer
  • Darker and Edgier: One of if not the darkest heroes in the Buffyverse.
  • Death Seeker: Deprived of anything to fight for or live for, Wishverse!Buffy is just an emotionless killing machine waiting for the moment when it all ends. This is more or less exactly what Spike said was normally the fatal-flaw of Slayers: the urge to find death after a lifetime of dealing it. It's main-universe-Buffy's friends that set her apart from virtually all other Slayers. This one doesn't live long enough to form such bonds.
    Buffy: World is what it is. We fight, we die. Wishing doesn't change that.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: It brings out her Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
  • Foreshadowing: Before the Wishverse, Buffy and Willow discuss how in different circumstances she might have become Faith. Turns out without her friends, she's even worse.
    • Wishverse!Buffy is foreshadowing for Spike's Breaking Speech in "Fool for Love", where he tells Buffy that without her connections to the world (family and friends) she'd be a Death Seeker.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Or even helpful, for that matter, instead expecting people to point her in the direction of what needs killing.
  • I Work Alone: Wishverse!Buffy isn't big on the teamwork.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Master, leading to questions on a Wishverse!Kendra, or *shudder* Wishverse!Faith.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Rather than try and help Giles find a way to reverse the wish her idea is to just stake Anyanka.
  • Neck Snap: The Master does this to her.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: She's basically every thing Spike says of the death wish of Slayers, having given up on life to become an emotionless killing machine.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: This is what Buffy might be like had Todd Mc Farlane or Mark Millar gotten their hands on her.
  • Rugged Scar: Used to show that she's much more gruff and combat-oriented than the main universe Buffy.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Averted; Wishverse!Buffy doesn't recognise Angel (saying crudely "Is this a 'get into my pants thing?'" when he starts talking about destiny), is fully prepared to leave him chained up when she discovers he's a vampire, and has absolutely no reaction when Angel dies saving her life.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: She does not take well with being worshiped as The Slayer.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her basic attitude is to kill anything bad, kill anyone in her way and disregard everyone else.
  • What Could Have Been: Initially Buffy was going to be decked out in more military style clothing, with a larger cross. The writers must have thought it would look silly so they went with a grittier, harder version of Buffy's normal dress sense.

The Buffybot (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

Xander: Hey, I know this. You're both Buffy.
Buffy: No, she's a robot. You couldn't tell me apart from a robot?
Buffybot: Oh, I don't think I'm a robot.
Anya: She's very well made.

An android replica of Buffy constructed by Warren at the behest of Spike during Season 5. She was later used as a decoy during the battle with Glory and pretended to be Buffy in-universe between Season's 5 and 6
  • An Arm and a Leg: Razor and his gang chain her limbs to their motorcycles. The bikes take off, and the 'Bot is neatly quartered. Yuck.
  • Acting for Two: Naturally, being a robot double and all.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Survives long enough after being ripped apart to reveal to Dawn that the real Buffy is back.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
  • Body Double
  • Bond One-Liner: Willow isn't quite able to program the Buffybot correctly in this area.
    "That'll put marzipan on your pie plate, bingo!"
  • Brutal Honesty: Played for Laughs in "Intervention", but the Buffybot's "Then why are you here?" (after the Slayer has been killed) forces Giles to realise he must move on from Buffy's death and return to England.
  • Captain Obvious
  • Catchphrase: According to Xander, she always says the pie line after slaying something.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appeared mirroring the real Buffy much more closely than her last appearance to decoy and weaken Glory.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Obsessed with Spike, chipper about slaying and much friendlier than the real Buffy, if socially awkward.
  • Deceptively Human Robot: Though she still fooled the other Scoobies, to the real Buffy's annoyance.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hugh Mann
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Pronounces it "Guy-els".
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual
  • Malaproper
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Before the demon bikers kill her, they knock her to the ground, and proceed to kick and stomp the shit out of her.
  • No Social Skills
  • Off With Her Head: How Glory deactivates her, until the Scoobies rebuild her.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Buffy gets rather miffed that her friends thought the bot was really her going through grief. Also Played for Laughs at the beginning of Season 6 when it goes to Parent-Teacher Day and no-one notices the difference. In a Fridge Logic moment the Buffybot is able to impersonate Buffy well enough to fool Glory, despite the fact that Willow was unable to get the same result after months of tweaking during the summer.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Replacement Goldfish: In "Bargaining" we see Dawn curling up in bed next to the recharging Buffybot, and Giles trying to instruct it in Eastern philosophy during a sparring session. Averted with Spike who can't even stand to look at Buffybot.
  • Robot Girl
  • Robot Me
  • Robotic Reveal:
    Glory: "The Slayer's a robot? Did everybody else know the Slayer was a robot?"
    Vampire: "You're... you're a machine!"
  • Rule of Symbolism: Buffy returns from the dead in time to see the sweet innocent Buffybot permanently destroyed when it's ripped apart by demons, showing Buffy's loss of innocence and the need to build herself anew.
  • Robo Cam: Including a drop-down menu of 'adult' options.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: "School is where you learn." Preach it, sister.
    • It helps that Warren uploaded her with banal observations about the Scoobies.
    Buffybot: ANYA. How is your money?
    Anya: [delighted] Fine, thank you!
  • Sex Bot: Spike has her built to consumate his unrequited Foe Yay for the Slayer. And yes, that does include sex.
    (Buffybot writhing on top of Spike, watched by a horrified Anya and Xander) "Oh Spike, you're the Big Bad! You're the Big Bad!"
  • Spock Speak
  • Stat-O-Vision: The Buffybot sees like this with information about Buffy's friends displayed on screen when they're in its line of sight. Having been programmed by Warren to specifications given by Spike however, the information is extremely basic or displays a laughably 2D idea of the characters. For instance, Willow's screen reads: "Best Friend. Gay (1999-Present). Witch. Good with computers.". Also displayed on screen are the Buffybot's two primary objectives in life, "Locate Spike" and "Make Spike Happy". The latter has a drop-down menu of files with titles like "kissing" and "position-1" and so on.
  • They Killed Kenny: Is horribly mangled in all her appearances.
  • Too Much Information / Sick and Wrong: The Scoobies reaction whenever the subject of Spuffybot comes up.
    Willow: (thinking she's talking to Buffy) So just this one time you just did something kinda crazy?
    Buffybot: It wasn't one time. It was lots of times, and lots of different ways. I can make sketches!
    Willow: No!
    • And later...
    Xander: Spike must have had her built so he could program her t-
    Buffy: (horrified) Oh god.
    Willow: Yikes. Imagine the things-
    Buffy: No! No, no imagining. Any of you.
    Xander: (raises his hand) Already got the visual.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Justified as Spike didn't just want the Buffybot to look like the Slayer, she had to have the same strength and combat abilities that turn Spike on.
  • Take That: Spike has his dislike of his rival for Buffy's affections programmed into the bot.
    Buffybot: Angel's lame. His hair goes straight up, and he's bloody stupid!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: It's not entirely clear how sentient she is, but the Scoobies seem a little unnervingly cavalier about how they treat her.


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