Fanfic / The Vampire Of Steel

Buffy: I gave him the old stake treatment. It... didn’t work.
Supergirl: Didn’t work?
Buffy: It splintered all to pieces on his back. Like he was made of steel. Then he turned and backhanded me. His arm felt like it was made of steel, too. I hit a tombstone and went brain-soggy till the others found me.
Supergirl: You said... he felt like steel?
Buffy: Right. But that’s not the worst part.
Supergirl: Fill in the last details, dear.
Buffy: Just before I went out, I could swear I saw something. I saw him jump into the air. He never came down.
Supergirl: I think we have a situation here. To say the least.

The Vampire of Steel is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover written by Dark Mark.

In Chicago Crossover -which serves as a prelude to the main story-, Buffy goes to Chicago, guided by a Cordelia's vision. There, she has to deal with a mob of vampires looking to summon an Eldritch Abomination. Luckily for Buffy, Chicago is also the turf of a certain Kryptonian heroine.

One year later, Kara gets a call from Buffy: her friend has run into a super-strong and super-tough flying vampire. Supergirl flies to Sunnydale and confirms the Scooby Gang's worse fears: a Kryptonian criminal known as Zol-Am, former second-in-hand of General Zod, has escaped from the Phantom Zone and been turned into a vampire. And they have little time to stop him before he opens the Hellmouth.

Chicago Crossover and The Vampire of Steel can be read here and here respectively, and both can be found in Dark Mark’s Domain website.


Tropes:

  • Alternate Universe Fic: The setting is a Pre-Crisis-like universe that survived the Crisis on Infinite Earths and where Sunnydale exists.
  • Always Someone Better: Subverted. Supergirl is clearly more powerful than Buffy, but Buffy doesn't care. And Kara never tries to put her down. Besides, even if Supergirl is more powerful, Buffy is better at fighting magical creatures.
    Giles: With all respect, Kara, please don’t flaunt your extra powers around that much. We know what you can do, in theory.
    Buffy: Giles. I’m all right with this, okay? I know Kara can do more than I can. I’m not about to become Inferiority Complex Girl, okay?
    Supergirl: Sorry, I wasn’t trying to put anyone down by comparison.
  • Apologetic Attacker: While fighting Vladislav's vampire gang, Buffy apologizes to a vampire before feeding him to an Eldritch Abomination.
    With a cry of fury, Buffy ran back, slammed a great kick into the neck of one of the cantors, grabbed his book of spells, and sent it sailing over the edge of the roof. Then she grabbed the cantor, lifted him over her head, and ran with him protesting back inside the pentagram itself. She made sure of where she was going.
    “No!”
    “Sorry,” she said, and pitched him towards M’nagaleh.
  • Bad Boss: John Vladislav runs a vampire mob. His management style is simple. Disagree and he'll stake you. Screw up and he'll feed you garlic. And THEN he'll stake you. Run away and he'll tear you to pieces.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Supergirl has a very strict Thou Shalt Not Kill policy, but she gives the Gang a piece of Kryptonite as a last resort to deal with Zol-Am. They had no means to depower him and she wouldn't risk sending him back to the Phantom Zone, so she conceded, albeit reluctantly, that he mustn't be allowed to live.
  • Big Bad: In the first story, vampire mob boss John Vladislav intends to open a Hellmouth in Chicago and summon an Eldritch Abomination. In the second story, vampire Kryptonian Zol-Am assembles an army of vampires and demons to wipe out the Scooby Gang and Supergirl and then opening the Hellmouth.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Supergirl saves Buffy from two armed vampires in Sears Tower. Not that Buffy needed saving, but she was grateful anyways.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Kara vomits blood after being on the receiving end of Zol-Am's punches.
  • Body Horror: His first night out, Zol-Am runs into two vampires who "had misshapen heads and hands that simply weren’t right".
  • Body Snatcher: Buffy possesses Kara's body via a Willow's spell during the final battle.
  • Bond One-Liner: Zol-Am to two vampires who looked to have him for dinner:
    Zol-Am: Never hunt on an empty stomach. You get careless that way.
  • But Now I Must Go: Supergirl must leave Sunnydale after the defeat of Zol-Am. Kara doesn't want to go but Buffy warns her the Powers That Be might hurt her if she stays, and asks her Kryptonian friend to trust her to deal with Sunnydale.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Supergirl catches Buffy when she gets thrown off a window.
  • Celebrity Paradox: At one point, Buffy tells Supergirl that her favorite comic book heroine when she was a kid was Power Girl (SG's alternate self). Yet Buffy never wonders why her newest friend looks right like Power Girl.
  • Combat by Champion: In the final fight it's Buffy, Supergirl and the Scooby Gang against an army of vampires and demons led by a Kryptonian vamp. In order to even the odds, Kara demands a duel. Zol-Am is forced to accept.
    Zol-Am: With your death, the new era begins. Soldiers, destroy the guerillas. We’ll see which of us gets finished first.
    Supergirl: Hold! Zol-Am... Personal Combat Challenge.
    Random Demon: Say what?
    Buffy: What’re you talking about?
    [...]
    Zol-Am: No combat till we have this sorted out. It is our law.
    Bill Goodwin: Sir, beggin’ your pardon, but is this really a decision you wanna go through with? I mean, that’s just not the way things are done down here.
    Supergirl: Let me explain, for those of you who weren’t born where we were. The Personal Combat Challenge is a form of military conduct that was implemented on Krypton. It allows a soldier to make a challenge to another soldier, regarding personal battle. If the challenge is accepted, nobody else can interfere in the fight. I’m challenging Zol-Am right here, right now. The rest of you, back off. Nobody on my side or your side will fight till we’re done. If your commander is too scared to face me one-on-one, I’ll understand.
  • Complexity Addiction: The vampire mob has managed to capture both Buffy and Supergirl and disable the Girl of Steel's powers. Yet Vladislav doesn't still want to kill them because he needs a sacrifice to open a portal and summon some Lovecraftian horror. When one of his underlyings is about to just shoot them, Vladislav goes mad.
    “All I want to know is what this setup is all about,” said Supergirl. “If we’re going to be the main course for this vampire or whatever you’re going to be hosting, just call me curious.”
    “Call you dead,” said the guy with the bucket, and drew a .38.
    Vladislav slapped his hand, then slapped his face. “How many times do I got to tell you? How many times? How many?”
    “No more, boss, no more,” pleaded the vamp. “I understand. I understand. I swear on my father’s coffin.”
    The fangfather buried his hands in his underling’s turtleneck. “I don’t really have time for this aggravation, Lester. You got me?”
    “Gotcha, boss.”
    “I said we don’t shoot the women, and we don’t shoot the women. We need them for later. Got that?”
    “Got it, boss.”
    “Now get out of my sight.”
  • Cooldown Hug: When Kara is grieving her homeworld's loss, Buffy tells her to come down and then hugs her.
    Without a word, Supergirl flew down and lit on both feet before Buffy. The Slayer reached out, embraced her, and hugged her firmly. “Kara, I may not come from outer space, and I may not have powers like yours. But I know what it’s like to lose people. Not like you, but... you know.”
    Supergirl hugged her back, gently. “Thanks, hon. Sorry to get so sloppy-sentimental there for a moment.”
  • Crossover: Blends the Superman and Buffy universes.
  • Damsel out of Distress: A crowd of vampires capture and tie Buffy and Kara up. Both girls manage to cut to their shackles and fight the vampires off.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Buffy is a big one:
      Yeah. One vamp with powers to change the course of mighty graveyards is all we need for now.
    • And so is Supergirl, per canon:
      To Linda, this whole scenario was making less and less sense in one way and more and more in another. Either Buffy was lying about being connected with drugs, or, worse, she could be a courier carrying something for the Outfit. Further out, she might be connected with some new wacky super-villain who decided to turn up in town for this month’s battle. Well, at least she could probably rule out Ambush Bug.
    • And Giles:
      Supergirl: Something wrong, Mr. Giles?
      Giles: I was just reflecting on some truly horrible movies that I used to watch as a child. Mostly, we saw them on TV... we had "Creature Features" in Britain, too. They must’ve been made in the Fifties and early Sixties. Monsters or aliens would land in a small town, a bunch of teenagers would be the only ones who knew about it, and they’d be forced to defeat the monster. Then they’d go back and hit the malt shop afterwards. When I got out of my youth, I thought those were the stupidest movies I’d ever seen. And now, God help me, it seems they’re a preparatory text for my life.
  • Death World: Kara takes M'Nagaleh to the anti-matter Earth of the universe of Qward. M'Nagaleh bursts into flames right away and Supergirl has to leave as soon as possible because not even she can survive there for longer than a few seconds.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Vladislav abuses every one of his subordinates. When Supergirl and the Slayer bust his operation, his mook Robert Platt takes advantage of the chaos to stake him.
  • Dynamic Entry: Two vampires are trying to gun Buffy down when Supergirl barges in and pummels them.
    All that went through her mind the instant between the click and the sound of breaking glass.
    Sunlight streamed in through a broken window and torn draperies. The two gunmen leaped back, avoiding the rays. A speeding figure was already inside the hall. Buffy saw a blur of blue reaching out to the guy who had been behind her, tearing the gun from his hand, compacting it impossibly into a small sculpture of twisted metal, and backhanding him so hard he somersaulted down the hall.
  • Eldritch Abomination: M'Nagaleh, a cosmic horror summoned by a mob of vampires checks most of Lovecraftian traits: Completely alien thought processes? Check. Humongous? Check. Gelatinous? Check. Tentacles? Double check. It's even called "a glob of whatever-it-was".
    An aperture was opening in the very air above them, and something was tumbling out. Something glistening, gelatinous, tentacled, eyed, and alive. It settled around the towers, but there was more of it coming out.
  • Grand Theft Me: Buffy takes over Kara's body in order to fight Zol-Am.
  • Honor Before Reason: Zol-Am's army is about overrun Supergirl, Buffy and the Gang until Kara demands a personal duel with Zol-Am. Zol-Am accepts because it's Kryptonian law, and he actually incinerates one of his soldiers when he tries to interfere.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Both Kara and Buffy remember what to be a normal, powerless teenager was like; and often they'd like to be normal again.
    Supergirl: Sorry, I wasn’t trying to put anyone down by comparison. I know what it’s like, believe me. I didn’t always have powers.
    Buffy: Neither did I. Sometimes I think I’d like to be back there.
    Supergirl: That makes two of us.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Zol-Am. Buffy-In-Supergirl's-body slams him into a stake with the impact of a moderate earthquake.
  • Improvised Cross: Zol-Am isn't Christian but Raotian, so crosses don't work. Kara has to borrow several sun discs from a Kandorian church.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Being magical creatures, vampires can actually hurt Kryptonians. Kara learns this first-hand when a vampire bites her and it hurts.
    Willow: Well, Supergirl ought to be safe from everything. Except maybe Kryptonite.
    Supergirl: No, Willow. Kryptonians are vulnerable to magic. If you performed the right spell, even you could hurt me.
    Willow: Then you mean, like... well... vampires...
    Supergirl: Yes, dear. Vampires can hurt me. The last time I met Buffy, they did, several times. But I go where the job takes me.
  • Kryptonite Ring: Supergirl lends her friends a chunk of Kryptonite in the event that things go South.
  • Lovely Angels: Buffy and Kara are a surprisingly good fighting team.
  • Masquerade: Buffy talks Kara out of calling the Justice League because the Gang needs to keep the existence of vampires a secret.
    Buffy: Okay. All right. Let’s admit defeat. Let’s just go ahead, call in the troops, and let them raze Sunnydale. I have enough of a time keeping my own activities a secret, Kara. Do you honestly think we can keep the lid on things when the Justice League come to town?
    Supergirl: Start making sense.
    Buffy: I am! Do you know how strong most people’s sense of denial is? In some cases, it’s the only thing that keeps them going. Look. What do you think would be the effect when people all over the country learn that vampires really exist?
    Supergirl: They already know a lot of evil things exist, Buffy. Super-villains, criminals, alien enemies from dozens of planets.
    Buffy: True enough. But supposing they learn that there are really things out there in the night that want to kill them, suck their blood, and make them like a recruiting poster with Dracula pointing at ‘em and saying, ‘I Vant You’?
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Robert Platt gets fed up with his boss' Vladislav's abuse and kills him.
  • Mook Depletion: When Buffy and Kara move in on Vladislav, he finds he has run out of mooks. Buffy slew those ones he didn't kill personally.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Subverted. Two vampires ambush a seemingly ordinary bystander at night. Said bystander is Zol-Am, a Kryptonian who can kill them in the twinkling of an eye. But he gets cocky and although he rams his arm straight through the chest of one of them, the second bit his neck and left him dry.
    • Played straight shortly after when two vampires assault him. Two heat beams rather they were two bodies littering the ground.
  • Must Be Invited: When Kara goes to Sunnydale, the Gang puts her through several tests to ensure that she can get in and out of their houses without permission. Kara gets pretty appalled.
    “X-ray vision,” said the Englishman. “Just had to make certain. There are, you see, certain things that cannot get inside one’s house unless one invites them.”
    Supergirl considered that. She’d read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, like a lot of kids her age did, when she was in Midvale Orphanage. But to think that ‘enter freely, and of your own will’ had some bearing in the real world... She shuddered. Well, if vampires existed, at least they weren’t rude enough just to barge in your front door without an invite.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Kara mentions she used to live in California, a few hundred miles from Sunnydale.
    • She also tells Buffy about her boyfriend problems with her high-school sweetheart Dick Malverne, Jerro the Mer-Boy and Brainiac 5.
    • She also brings up her time playing “Margo Hatton” in “Secret Hearts”.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Zol-Am is a Kryptonian vampire.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Kara baits Zol-Am into accepting her challenge by adding "If your commander is too scared to face me one-on-one, I’ll understand."
  • Noodle Incident: When Buffy brings Jenny Calendar up, Kara doesn't know what they're talking about. She guesses she's better off not knowing.
    Rupert Giles said, “Buffy, I believe that’s enough. I would really rather you didn’t get into further details, if you please.”
    Buffy shot him a look. “Should I tell her about Jenny Calendar?”
    “No, absolutely not.”
    Supergirl looked from Buffy to Rupert and back again. She had a feeling that, even though she’d seen more than either of these two would in a lifetime, there was something she’d missed. Like lifting up a board in an empty lot and seeing the beetles, grubs, and worms burrowing about. Something from which she’d possibly been shielded before. She had better sense than to ask about Jenny Calendar.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Buffy and the Gang aren't equipped to deal with a Kryptonian vampire, so she calls Kara.
    Giles: As powerful as the likes of the Master are, or were, a being from another planet is outside of our experience. But not outside hers. However, we have shown ourselves adaptable to many sorts of dangers, not a few of which, though you know it not, have threatened our very world.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Kara tells Zol-Am something during their duel. Given his reaction, the Gang deduces it was insulting.
  • Portal Door: A group of vampires opens a dimensional rift on top of Sears Tower to summon M'Nagaleh, an otherwordly cosmic horror.
    An aperture was opening in the very air above them, and something was tumbling out.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: To Cordelia's disbelief, Buffy quotes Clint Eastwood before engaging an army of vampires:
    Buffy: You want to open the Hellmouth? Make my day, punks!
  • Primary-Color Champion: Buffy recognizes Supergirl for her blue-and-red costume.
    By that time, the figure was no longer in motion. Buffy looked at her, taking her in as quickly as possible. A very pretty blonde woman in her late twenties or early thirties, in a blue and red outfit with a red cape. But she didn’t have to rack her memory files very hard for an I.D. Everybody knew who this woman was. Even if you were an out-of-towner.
  • Properly Paranoid: Before opening the suitcase containing anti-Kryptonian weapons, Supergirl looks around using both X-Ray and telescopic vision. As she says, "I can’t afford to open this without making a check first."
  • Psychic Powers: M'Nagaleh is able to minds-peak. It tries to dominate Kara's mind telepathically.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Robert Platt slays his boss Vladislav and tries to cut a deal with the Slayer and Supergirl, claiming he did "their work for them". Buffy stakes him.
  • Right in Front of Me: Kara in her Linda Danvers identity used to play a shrew-like character in the soap opera "Secret Hearts". At one point, Kara tells Supergirl she hated the actress who played Margo Hatton.
    Buffy: Yeah. Sorry. Um, I was watching soaps.
    Kara: That’s cool. Did you ever get into ‘Secret Hearts’?
    Buffy: Kind of before my time. And anyway, I could never stand that woman who played Margo Hatton, you know? She was such an irritating bitch.
    Kara: Uh.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When a vampire sees what they're summoning, exactly, he decides to hightail it. Vladislav executes him immediately.
    “Mr. Vladislav,” shouted one of the vampires, “I’m gone!” He shifted into bat-form, tried to get away. Vladislav snapped his fingers. Two others, gifted with form-shifting, turned into bats, went after him, grabbed him, dragged him back to the gangboss.
    With terrible efficiency, Vladislav tore the offending bat to pieces with his bare hands.
  • Sharing a Body: At one point, Buffy magically possesses Kara's body to fight Zol-Am.
    <Kara?>
    <Yes, Buffy?>
    <We’re finished.>
    <Good. I want my body back.>
    <With pleasure. But I gotta tell you, you’ve got a really great setup here. Do you think, maybe, sometime...>
    <BUFFY.>
    <All right, all right.>
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham:
    • When Kara figures out what is going on Sunnydale she wants to call the Justice League and stomp the place flat. Buffy pleads with her to not do it because people are better off not knowing vampires are real.
    • In the aftermath of the battle, Buffy asks Supergirl to leave and trust the Gang to handle Sunnydale.
      Kara: Then, what am I supposed to do? Just go, and pretend that none of this exists?
      Buffy: No. You’re supposed to go, and leave it to us. We’re the trained professionals in this thing. We know what to do, Kara. Just like... and, well, you know I hate to bring this up... just like when I was in your body. I don’t know that much about super-heroing, but I’ll bet that Batman doesn’t call you up every time the Joker and he have a throwdown. You all have your spheres of influence. So do we. That’s why we’re here, Kara... and that’s why you’re there.
  • Super Senses: Supergirl uses her super-vision to keep watch over Buffy.
    Super-vision could help her keep track of Buffy Summers, even 108 stories up, even through stone and steel.
  • Super Speed: Supergirl, as is par for the course:
    In the space of a second, Linda stripped out of her pajamas, found the place where a costume compressed to the size of a pea was located, expanded it, put it on, ran a special comb through her hair to change the shade from brunette to blonde and style it a different way, located the place where she’d stashed a pair of flat items that rapidly unfolded to boots, put them on, checked herself in the mirror, loaded her cape pouch with such things as she might need if she needed them (such as her i.d. card, some American money, and her own choice of lipstick in a friction-proof tube), opened the window, tripped the inside lock, exited, and shut the window before the lock had time to catch on nothingness instead of a metal catch, and, moving too fast for the unaided eye to see her, flew into the sky.
  • Symbol Swearing: Kara forces Zol-Am into a duel. He doesn't take it well:
    Zol-Am: R** damn you!
  • Talking to Themself: In the Sears Tower, Buffy is running from several guards after blowing her cover. She chides herself... and then chides herself for wasting time on chiding herself.
    Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid stupid.
    Shut up, mind. Do your job. Find me a way out of this.
  • There Was a Door: When two vampires attempt to kill Buffy, Kara bursts into the place through a window.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Buffy possesses Kara's body to kill Zol-Am. Supergirl understands the necessity of it, but she still feels guilty.
    Supergirl: Neither I, nor Superman, take human life. I know Zol-Am wasn’t technically alive. I know he was post-human. But still... These hands destroyed a thinking being. I realize why it had to be done. I destroyed M’nagaleh, when we last met. But it’s not something I’m proud of.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Subverted. Supergirl refuses to kill but she won't stop Buffy from slaying vampires. She also killed an eldritch abomination, although she didn’t like it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Supergirl tries to dissuade the Gang from engaging the Kryptonian vampire on grounds of being powerless to fight someone who can disintegrate them in a split-second. Nonetheless, the Gang proves to be crucial to defeat Zol-Am.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Supergirl is -obviously- massively more powerful than the Slayer, but Buffy knows how to fight vampires. And it shows.
  • Use Your Head: Buffy head-butts Zol-Am during their fight.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Supergirl is serious about not killing. Vampires, though? She'll not slay them but she won't stop Buffy from doing so.
  • Wooden Stake: Regular wooden stakes can't pierce Kryptonian's skin, not even magically-enhanced. Kara gets stakes carved of Kandorian trees since anything from Krypton becomes indestructible on Earth.

“Yeah,” Buffy said to herself. “Me. Slayergirl. Dauntless defender of non-vamps.” Then she thought. “Nah. I really don’t go for capes.”

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