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A Japanese Slayer activated by Willow's spell, Satsu joined the Slayer organization and quickly became one of Buffy's best and most reliable fighters. Satsu then fell in love with her, and they slept together twice before Satsu took over the Toyko base of operations after Buffy told her that while what they had done was nice, it wouldn't go any further.
- Action Girl: She basically saves Buffy's life decked out in similar special forces gear Kennedy wears.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Swell": Vamp versions of Hello Kitty and trying to be steered from trying to turn Buffy gay.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Promoted to head of the Tokyo squad because of how great a fighter and leader she is.
- Badass Adorable: Prefer army girls or geishas? Satsu dresses as both.
- Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Rowena, her, and Leah.
- Can't Believe I Said That: While fighting the Japanese Vampire army, The Dragon Raidon is about to kill Buffy and drink from her, saying that he bets she tastes sweet. Satsu stakes him from behind, saying he has no idea, and then remarks she can't believe she said that out loud.
- Chekhov's Lip Gloss: How Buffy realized it was Satsu whose kiss had woken her from a mystical coma. See: True Love's Kiss below.
- Demonic Possession: When a vampy cat crawls down her throat and takes control of her body. Kennedy is kind enough to kick her in the gut, and cause her to vomit it up. Satsu then gives the cute little evil thing a good swording.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Buffy and Kennedy steer her towards letting go, after both tell her it's not gonna work.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Buffy or so Buffy claims...
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: One of the reasons Buffy gives Satsu for why they cannot be together.
- The Lancer: Buffy often puts her in command when she isn't around, and takes her with her on important missions.
- Meaningful Name: When written a certain way in Japanese, her name means "slay" or "kill".
- Noodle Incident: She somehow wound up stealing a Korean submarine from a group of vampires.
- Oh, Crap!: When she jumps to catch the scythe, succeeds, and then realizes she is about to fall down to the street from the top of a Tokyo skyscraper. Fortunately, Buffy and Willow are there to help.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Briefly, after seeing Buffy and Angel, who had just been revealed as Twilight, having sex. She came back when demons started pouring through dimensional rifts.
- Smells Sexy: Among a list of reasons why Buffy says she's flattered by her interest, is that she smells nice.
- Tears of Joy: When she was activated as a Slayer.
- The Bus Came Back: She crops up in issue 21 of the comics looking like an escapee from GTA Online: fluffy pink ball earrings, a Japanese figurine bracelet and a Hello Kitty Mexican face mask. Oh, and full body armour.
- True Love's Kiss: Used to wake Buffy after she was put in a mystical coma.
- Weapon of Choice: A katana.
Another new slayer activated by Willow's spell, she and Xander developed a mutual attraction to each other. They were going to begin dating, but Renee was brutally killed by a vampire during a battle in Tokyo.
- The Bait: Served as it willingly to lure a vampire into a trap.
- Black and Nerdy: Learns about comics in order to better relate to Xander.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: While posing as bait.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Does this to a Tokyo vampire to capture him.
- Mission Control: She often served at this post at Slayer HQ.
- My Greatest Failure: Views hers as not noticing a horde of zombies approaching the Slayer castle while on watch, which led to several Slayers being killed.
A Scottish Slayer in Buffy's Slayer squad, often seen hanging out with Rowena.
- Those Two Girls: With Rowena.
A German Slayer in Buffy's squad, often seen hanging out with Leah.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up with her squad to save Xander, Dawn and their demon allies from a reptile demon ghost army.
- Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Her, Satsu and Leah.
- Heroic BSoD: Nearly suffers one after the missile attack on the castle, but Xander pulls her back from it.
- The Lancer: Whenever Satsu isn't availible, Buffy puts Rowena in charge.
- Nice Hat: Rowena is never, ever seen without a blue or red baseball cap on backwards.
- Oh, Crap!: When the Mecha Dawn arrives in Tokyo.
- Those Two Girls: With Leah.
A British Slayer who joins a group of other Slayers being mentored by Faith in London. She lost her entire squad during the Twilight crisis, and will stop at nothing to find and kill those responsible.
- Ax-Crazy: Due to her Berserker tendencies. She's put several normal humans in the hospital.
- The Berserker: She charges around during battle with no plan, and when she goes too long without a fight, she will seek one out, even if it with humans. She realizes its a problem, and wonders what is wrong with her. It gets bad enough that she starts attacking her own allies when they attempt to stop her from beating up humans.
- But Not Too Foreign: A native of Britain with Indian heritage.
- Gotta Kill Them All: Her goal is to hunt down and kill Pearl, Nash, and Angel for their part in killing her squad.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It is very easy to set her off. By Season Ten she has moved on.
- Mission Control: Becomes Angel's one in Season Ten, delivering him cryptic messages from "the Magic" of Magictown to guide him.
- Not So Different: To Drusilia. Yes, that psychotic and violent Drusilia, who entered the comics to Angel's horror sane, using a demon to heal herself and others she gives comfort to in a coven. Nadira does much the same thing, Angel is disturbed by it and had she also used demons he might well have seen it as Mind Rape and people should suffer for their actions, much like he did for Dru.
- Sole Survivor: Her squad was wiped out by two of Twilight's minions.
- Survivor Guilt: She's haunted by the death of her 'sisters' at the hands of Pearl and Nash.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Takes a mountain sized one when she watches over Magic Town and becomes a Friend to All Living Things, especially Angel whom she swore to kill. Near the end of the Drusilia arc it gets to the level where how much Faith had improved, how forgiving Buffy had been, simply cannot compete: she intends to save the King of Hell. Dayum.
- Two-Faced: Just physically, as a result of having half her body burned by Pearl and Nash. By Season Ten, her burned half has become solid black with green lines as a result of being infused with magic from Whistler's magic bomb.
- Was It Really Worth It?: She spends most of the first season's run singlemindedly obsessed with getting revenge on Angel, Pearl, and Nash for their slaughter of her Slayer squad, of which she was the Sole Survivor thanks to Willow's intervention. In the final issue, after being nearly burned to death by Nash and killing him in turn with Faith's help, Faith tries to comfort Nadira by assuring her she had finally gotten her revenge, but Nadira has realized that it was never worth it in the first place and tells Faith as such.
Another British Slayer being mentored by Faith, she is more easygoing than Nadira.
- Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by Eyghon alongside a few other London Slayers.
One of Buffy's roommates in San Francisco, she is revealed to be a Slayer after saving Billy from a pack of zompires. She claims that she is part of a group of concerned Slayers loyal to Buffy and was assigned to secretly help keep Buffy's life in order and protect her from threats.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Although most of her bodyguarding comes in areas that Buffy doesn't have much experience in, like paying bills, buying food, etc.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes out of nowhere to rescue Billy from the zompires.
- Hidden Depths: Initally just one of Buffy's roommates, she was in the background for most of Season 9 before The Reveal about her being a Slayer.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Willow engenders this reaction from her.
Lady Genevieve "Gigi" Savidge
A rich British Slayer and daughter of a powerful noble, she is recruited by Roden to kill Buffy and take over the Slayer Organization in order to impose their rule on the world. She is befriended by an undercover Faith, who foils her attempt to kill Buffy and is then accidentally killed by Faith as she attempts to redeem her.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She is a strong Slayer who puts together a credible plan to kill Buffy, but she is easily bested in battle by Buffy and was an Unwitting Pawn for Twilight in the first place.
- Blue Blood: Genevive is British nobility.
- Dartboard of Hate: Has a picture of Buffy in a closet with several knives thrown into it.
- Driven by Envy: Genevieve can't believe Buffy, a colonial commoner, is the leader of the Slayers and wants to kill her to take over.
- Evil Brit: She's a British noble seeking to kill our heroine due to the manipulations of Roden and who trains for her attack on her by trapping Slayers and hunting them like animals.
- Friendless Background: Due to being homeschooled.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She thinks that Roden actually cares for her.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Other Slayers, as training to kill Buffy.
- In-Series Nickname: "Gigi"
- Past Experience Nightmare: She is plagued by the memories of past Slayers and their deaths. One of the reasons she wants to kill Buffy is because Roden lied and told her the dreams would end when Buffy was dead.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Does not consider anyone who is not nobility to be worth her time, and considers anyone from the "colonies" to be worth even less.
- Prepare to Die: Says this in a really fancy way to Buffy.
- Unwitting Pawn: To both Twilight and Roden.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers one after discovering that "Hope" is not who she claimed to be and she fails to kill Buffy.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What she thinks she is, planning to kill a "misguided" Buffy and install Slayers as leaders of a corrupt world.
A young detective on the San Francisco Police force who is partners with Detective Cheung. Dowling and Cheung's cases led them to investigate Buffy. Dowling learns about vampire-fighting from Spike to handle the city's zompire problem and is placed in charge of a police task force to deal with them.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Buffy and Spike from Severin by shooting him.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Cheung gets killed.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one after Cheung gets killed, and it gets worse when she turns into a zompire and slaughters dozens of people, including several other cops. He manages to put her down, but most of the other cops in his department have a hard time dealing with the fact he staked his own partner, causing him to try and resign and take up vigilante vampire hunting.
- Nice Guy: Because of how he was with Buffy, Spike of all people sees what a good person he is and encourages Dowling to pursue her, before accepting Dowling's advice to be with Buffy when she needs him. After being abandoned and forgotten about, Buffy tries to make amends, but he holds no ill will towards her and when she breaks off the relationship, he calmly accepts it, happy to still be friends.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He advocates giving Buffy a chance to help them and believing her while Cheung shoots down the idea.
- Shipper on Deck: Dowling is able to tell that Spike's feelings for Buffy are still very much present and encourages him to get back into a relationship with her in Season 10.
A detective on the San Francisco Police force who is partnered with the younger Detective Dowling. Their investigations into mysterious bodies led them to Buffy.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Due to rising as a zompire at the morgue.
- Inspector Javert: She's fully prepared to believe the worst in Buffy, to the extent that when Buffy is mistakenly believed to be a murderer, she orders all available units after her, and even calls for a SWAT team. Dowling is far more reasonable in comparison.
Oz's wife and a fellow werewolf, they met when he went to Tibet to learn how to control his transformations, and they had a child together. She helped teach the Slayer army to channel their magic into the earth to hide from Twilight.
- Action Mom: She wards off a massive werewolf using a knife while carrying a baby.
- Berserk Button: Do not try to to harm Oz.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She will offer you a place to stay, instructions on how to deal with your inner demon and a seemingly never-ending amount of butter tea. But she also won't hesitate to speak her mind or even physically defend herself if you threaten her.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: She was drawn to resemble actress Dichen Lachman, who played a character in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.
- Deadpan Snarker: One trait she definitely shares with her husband. When Willow talks about drawing less attention to themselves, Bay helpfully reminds her that "not teleporting submarines is a good first step".
- Happily Married: Oz and Bay's relationship seems to be a happy, healthy one, which is rather rare in the Buffyverse, where adversity and/or death are kind of the norm when it comes to dating.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "joyful mother" in Mongolian and Tibetan.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: She doesn't transform during the full moon, a trait she teaches to other werewolves, but still can if she really wants to. However, in direct contrast to other werewolves who do transform, she notes the full moon is when she and Oz are at their weakest.
- Technical Pacifist: She chides Willow and the others from bringing war to her peaceful home, but will use violence to defend herself and her loves ones.
Billy premiered in Billy The Vampire Slayer Part 1. Billy is openly gay and is constantly being bullied for this. He lives with his Bourgeois Bohemian grandmother after having been kicked out by his parents after coming out. His crush, "Cute" Devon saves him from a zompire and teaches him how to kill them, convincing Billy that he can be a "Slayer", inspired by the example of Buffy and her fellow Slayers.
- Badass Normal: Billy quickly learns how to fight off zompires and is in peak physical condition, despite just being a human.
- The Big Damn Kiss
- Cool Loser / Hollywood Nerd
- Empowered Badass Normal: To a point. In Season 10 the First Slayer contacts him in a dream, despite the laws of magic under the previous Seed stating that she only does this with actual Slayers. Under the new rules, which are in the process of being written by people's shared beliefs (hence the new vampires being able to turn into bats and so on), an ally identifying as a Slayer is good enough.
- Hippie Grandma
- Non-Action Guy: Billy started out like this.
- Official Couple: With Devon, his "Watcher".
- Raised by Grandparents: After coming out to his parents, he was kicked out of his home and now lives with his grandmother.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: His introduction Billy the Vampire Slayer and the concept of a male Slayer heavily implies this.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Billy is given an entire story devoted to him in his introduction, joins the main cast for the remainder of the season, returns at the beginning of the next season and isn't seen since.
A older archmage who is highly knowledgeable about both magic and hundreds of different demons. Angel and Faith turn to him for information on their current cases in London.
- Badass Bookworm: A powerful British archmage who apparently fought in a magical war and was awesome enough in it to impress Angel...
- Retired Badass: ...who now simply collects strange and nearly extinct magical creatures in order to protect them.
- Brought Down to Normal: Like so many other magic users after the end of magic.
Giles's great aunts, the sisters of his paternal grandmother Edna (who appeared as a girl in the Tales of the Vampires comic). While Edna became a Watcher, Lavinia and Sophie used their knowledge of magic for shallow purposes like staying eternally young and beautiful. They are currently staying in Giles's estate with Faith and Angel. Lavinia (the brunette) is encouraging Angel to do whatever he has to do to resurrect Giles, and Sophie (the blonde) is pushing Faith to stop Angel if he goes too far.
- Deal with the Devil: They made several to preserve their appearance.
- Hidden Depths: Behind their party hearty philosophy and use of magic for superficial things lies a belief that great powers with big ideas of changing the world, like Whistler, only end up getting mass numbers of ordinary people caught in the crossfire as collateral damage.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They are kind of selfish, horrible people, but they really do care about Giles and want to save him.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Edna. Lavinia and Sophie have notable magical talent, but only use it for flighty pursuits, whereas their sister joined an organization dedicated to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. They complain that Giles thought Edna was "so morally superior, just because she got wrinkly and died".
- Also, Lavinia and Sophie are pushing Angel and Faith from opposite directions, but this is actually part of a shared plan to get Rupert back if it's possible and prevent a disaster from happening if it turns out that it's not.
- Vain Sorceress: Their primary concern is to remain young and beautiful forever.
- What Could Have Been: Lavinia and Sophie were originally intended to appear in the BBC's cancelled Buffy spinoff Ripper, played by Anthony Head's daughters Daisy and Emily.
Lake Stevens works for the Department of Defense fighting against the magic threat, having gone to Theo Daniels for his help and in turn recruit Willow to aid against vampires and demons.
- Butch Lesbian: Styles her hair short, and favors more masculine clothing on the job.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Unified Supernatural Combatant Command (USCC), which could be pronounced like "you suck". Willow points this out and Lake agrees to come up with something better when there are not more pressing issues.
- Married to the Job: Lake says this would sound badass but the simple truth is her long hours made her girlfriend pissed and she left.
- Mission Control: Serves as this for Theo's online united Initiative US Army fight against the supernatural.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Set up as Willow's new Love Interest - and then quickly dumped just before the season ends.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A far more mature, more well-meaning, and likable Kennedy, with Riley Finn's military background.
- Theme Naming: Maintains Joss Whedon's precedence for giving female characters (River, Willow) pastoral names.
A warlock in charge of a coven that Julie introduces Andrew to who then participates in the first battle with The Sculptor.
- Bald of Awesome
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Andrew.
- Closet Key: For Andrew.
- Fanboy: Appears to be one of Willow's, and is super excited at the chance to work with her.
- Nice Guy: Even when Andrew pretty much ghosted him after their kiss Clive was still genuinely worried about him and only sounded like he was being catty out of context.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Isn't seen for a long time after his and Andrew's kiss. It turns out Andrew essentially ghosted him due to Andrew not knowing what to do about the situation and Clive was genuinely hurt by it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Andrew on ghosting him and for trusting things he was shown saying about him out of context.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this sort of speech to Andrew after calling him out.
A mysterious demon with the upper body of a white-haired, green-skinned woman and lower body of a giant snake, who guides Willow during her continued magical training.
- Ambiguously Evil: While she is never seen doing anything evil, Aluywn did train crazy vampire witch Kumiko in addition to Willow.
A ancient demon who was imprisoned in a mystical prison by evil forces. After the Seed of Wonder was destroyed, he was released and began searching for Buffy to thank her for freeing him and fight alongside her.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He turns on Buffy to kill someone for the Senior Partners after they promise to name the being responsible for his imprisonment, informing her that revenge is needed to restore his honor, and supersedes his debt to her.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: But he isn't evil... maybe.
A dragon who appears as part of Wolfram & Hart's demonic army in the series finale.
- Due to the Dead: Naturally named after Cordelia that Angel knew in life before she died.
- Good All Along: After the Fall reveals he's a heroic dragon who was simply misled into serving Wolfram & Hart just as Angel was. He quickly becomes Angel's familiar.
- Last Episode, New Character: Introduced at the end of the final television episode, but becomes a regular in After the Fall.
A Splenden Beast, who resembles a large, floating Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) with telepathic powers.
- Audience Surrogate: Writer Brian Lynch admitted that he deliberately wrote Betta George as this, because he on the surface was such an inherently ludicrous character that he could easily become The Scrappy:"He's supposed to be the most normal character. Because I know that if you have a talking fish hanging out with everyone's favorite characters, people are going to not like him immediately. Because he could be Jar Jar very easily. So I try to make him the nicest, most normal character, and the one who would react like the audience would react."
- Canon Immigrant: He originally appeared in some non-canon Spike comics before appearing in After the Fall,
- Reasoning With Cthulhu: He stops Illyria from destroying all creation... by feeding her happy thoughts. Specifically, Wesley and Spike's memories of Fred.
- Flying Seafood Special: He looks like a large fish "swimming" in the air.
- Nice Guy: He's really a laid-back and non-judgmental guy.
- Non-Action Guy: Not much good in a fight, but his telepathic powers make him quite useful anyway — he's one of the very few creatures who's actually capable of reading a vampire's mind.
- Odd Friendship: With Spike. They're extremely different but get along really well.
- Telepathy: He can only communicate this way as his fishy mouth isn't built for speech.