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- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Zigzagged. After being chipped and rendered unable to harm humans in Season 4, Spike becomes ecstatic when he discovers that he still has the capacity to harm other demons and vampires, and is subsequently ostracized by Sunnydale's demon population for it, to the extent that a group of demons at Willy's bar beat him bloody and throw him out for it. Of course, given all the demon-on-demon violence we see throughout the series, and even more mentioned in backstories, it seems that the demon community's real problem with Spike's actions is less that he's killing other demons and more that he keeps helping the Slayer.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Most modern day demon species have some degree of human DNA, the result of the Old Ones interbreeding with humans before their banishment.
- Our Demons Are Different: In the Buffyverse, demons are non-human creatures separate from the animal kingdom; the term is used to describe any creature who isn't a god, robot, unmodified human, or even a standard terrestrial animal.
Recurring Demons and Monsters
Clement / Clem
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.
- Beauty = Goodness: Completely Subverted. He's a deformed demon with bizarre skin and quite possibly the friendliest disposition in the series.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Harmony.
- Characterization Marches On: He was kind of a jerk in his first appearance. On the other hand, it could just be that kittens are his preferred meal.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Angel & Faith #6, he actually beheads a bunch of vampires with his tentacled face.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He's in love with Harmony.
- Emotion Eater: His kind feed on emotions, specially embarrassment.
- Hugh Mann: When Spike brings him to Buffy's birthday party; he doesn't even bother with a disguise. No one is suspicious until other supernatural happenings start going on.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Played for Rule of Funny — Clem is first seen gambling over kittens so he can eat them.
- Nice Guy: Easily one of the friendliest characters in the series.
- Nightmare Face: He showed this to the potentials in "Potential".
- Non-Action Guy: Clem is very much not a fighter, never raises a hand against anyone, and skips town when The First gains ground in its fight with the Scoobies.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He leaves Sunnydale along with most of its population as the power of the The First grows.
Anya's friend and fellow vengeance demon. Her specialty is answering wishes from children to punish bad parents and parental figures—which is bad when Dawn's issues reach boiling point.
- Affably Evil: Acts quite sweet, calls Willow "lemon drop," etc. Genuinely friendly to Anya, and is in fact her only real friend in demon-dom.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Related to the above, being a seemingly sweet-natured guidance counselor who is really a vengeance demon. Also, her insinuations against Xander to Anya.
- Blatant Lies: Halfrek claims that vengeance demons are actually known as "justice demons" to justify her own actions. Neither Anya nor D'Hoffryn make any such claims, and Anya's reaction to it implies that the whole claim is just something Halfrek says to make herself feel righteous in her actions.
- Daddy Issues: According to Anya.
- Evil Counterpart: Has no empathy for her victims. She is essentially Anya before becoming human.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: In "Older And Far Away," she tries to teleport away dramatically (twice) but her own spell keeps her in the house.
- Famous Last Words: "Anya...?"
- Friendly Rival: To Anya.
- Game Face: She can appear human if she needs to, but she most commonly appears as a vengeance demon.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: In "Older and Far Away," she grants Dawn's wish that nobody would leave her by casting a spell so that anyone who entered Buffy's house would be trapped inside. She teleports in to gloat about how none of the Scoobies noticed Dawn's abandonment issues and they all deserve to be trapped for ignoring her, and then tries to dramatically teleport away... only to discover she's fallen victim to her own curse; much to her own annoyance, Halfrek is forced to break the spell in order to leave.
- Pet the Dog: She seemed to genuinely care about Dawn's problems and thought she was doing the right thing.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Halfrek is more easygoing and worldly compared to the workaholic and awkward Anya.
- Rich Bitch: As Cecily.
- Villain Teleportation: One of the standard powers of a vengeance demon. Unfortunately for Halfrek, it doesn't work when she cast a spell on the Summers house to keep anyone from leaving.
- You Look Familiar: Kali Rocha played Cecily, the woman who spurned Spike when he was William the human poet. The inspiration for the famous "My heart expands, 'tis grown a bulge in it, inspired by your beauty, effulgent." Halfrek and Spike recognize each other, then embarrassedly deny knowing each other. Word of God confirms that Halfrek = Cecily. Although, when speaking to Anya, Halfrek mentioned "...that thing during the Crimean War. We laugh about it now." The Crimean War happened before Spike was turned, so either Cecily was already a vengeance demon in disguise or there's Time Travel involved.
A werewolf singer with an interest in Oz.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Had bit parts in "Living Condition" and "Beer Bad" before making a full appearance.
- Enthralling Siren: Oz is very clearly attracted to her when he sees her on stage; it seems like she's singing directly to him.
- Evil Counterpart: To Oz; both are werewolves in a band, but whereas Oz chooses to control his werewolf side with the help of his friends, Veruca gives into her dark side.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: Veruca enjoys being a werewolf, and embraces that side of herself.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she transforms.
- Held Gaze: With Oz, in the Bronze.
- Lady in Red: While playing the part of Enthralling Siren at the Bronze.
- Love Before First Sight: She claims this for Oz."I've wanted you even before I ever saw you. I sensed you. Did you sense me?"
- Monster of the Week: Joss Whedon's original plan was for the Willow/Oz/Veruca triangle to span most of Season 4 but she ended up the villain of only one episode. Nevertheless, her actions significantly alter the course of other characters' storylines.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tries to kill Willow so she can have Oz to herself and make him embrace being a werewolf.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only has bit parts in two episodes before becoming the Monster of the Week in "Wild at Heart," but her actions in that episode for Oz to leave Sunnydale to find himself.
- The Vamp: She uses her womanly wiles to seduce Oz away from Willow and to try to convince him to come around to her way of thinking. Her attractiveness—or rather, Oz's werewolf attraction to her—is her main weapon to achieve her goals.
Norman Pfister is the name by which the second of the assassins of the Order of Taraka identified himself.
- Achilles' Heel: Pfister can only be killed in his disassembled state, which Xander and Cordelia do by tricking him into disassembling and squirming right into a glue trap, whereupon they stomp him.
- Bounty Hunter: For the Order of Taraka.
- Offscreen Teleportation: One of his abilities due to the whole worm thing.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Pfister looks like a typical, dorky salesman which belies his true nature as an evil demon.
- The Worm That Walks: He's actually thousands of worms acting with some kind of Hive Mind.
An ancient demon sent to wipe out humanity. Drusilla and Spike assembled him and brought him to life.
- Chekhov's Gunman: According to Word of God, the Judge was created specifically so the audience would know Angelus wasn't just Angel pretending to be evil, in the scene where he can't burn the goodness out because there's none there.
- De-Power: When he awakens, he's too weak to zap his victims like he once did. He has to physically touch them.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first act upon resurrection is to disdainfully burn up Dalton just because the poor bastard reads.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Fitting a demon of his stature, the Judge has a very deep voice.
- Famous Last Words: Perhaps some of the best in the series when he's faced with a rocket launcher."What's that do?"
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Having been dismembered and buried underground for hundreds of years, the Judge is quite unfamiliar with modern weapons and technology. When Buffy whips out a rocket launcher to blow him to smithereens, he has no idea what it is and just stands there like an idiot while Angelus and Drusilla get the hell out of Dodge.
- Good Hurts Evil: The Judge dislikes being around human emotion, hence his desire to purge the world of it.
- Level Grinding: He gets stronger with each life he takes.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He cannot be harmed by forged weapons, and he was only mildly inconvenienced when Angel made some scaffolding collapse on him. In addition, cutting or blasting him to pieces doesn't kill him, and his pieces will reattach if brought together.
- One-Hit Kill: He can nearly instantly incinerate any being with a trace of goodness within them. The only being shown to be immune is Angelus, who is pure evil.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He showed himself capable of destroying multiple people at once, and he wasn't at full power. Giles states that at full power, he would have been able to incinerate humans by merely looking at them.
- Unskilled, but Strong: So used to curb-stomping entire armies and never having to worry about dodging or fighting beyond "point and kill it", that when Buffy uses a rocket launcher, he doesn't even know to dodge.
A demon that was once sent to bring about the end of the world.
- Dug Too Deep: Acathla's statue was uncovered in an archaeological dig.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Acathla has no ability to influence the world, around him, but he poses a serious threat in the Season 2 finale thanks to Angelus' aim of releasing him to swallow the world.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Once Angelus starts awakening him, Acathla's eyes start glowing red.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped in a statue of himself. Angelus comes close to letting him out, but Buffy manages to ensure that he stays sealed away.
- Taken for Granite: Sealed in a statue long ago. Angelus' goal in "Becoming" is to undo this.
A 3000 year old Mok'tagar demon who disguised herself as a human so that she could attend UC Sunnydale.
- Apologetic Attacker: She somewhat halfheartedly apologizes for trying to steal Buffy's soul."I'm sorry, OK? I left my dimension to go to college and they sent these guys after me."
- Faux Affably Evil: Kathy is smiling and pleasant, but it's little wonder she gets on Buffy's nerves even before she's revealed to be a demon.
- Immortal Immaturity: She might be centuries old, but she's basically a teenage runaway. As she says to her father:Kathy: I'm 3000 years old! When are you going to stop treating me like I'm 900?
- Latex Perfection: Wears a convincing fake skin mask over her demon face. Buffy rips it off when they start to fight and is happy to finally have it confirmed that Kathy isn't human.
- Loud of War: In her war-of-the-roommates with Buffy, she uses Cher to devastating effect.
- Monster Roommate: Quite literally, to Buffy.
- Passive Aggressive Combat: In the timeless manner of forced roommates across the globe, she engages in this with Buffy.
- Really 700 Years Old: Seemingly a young woman, she's actually 3000. But of course, demons have a different level of maturity.
- Your Soul Is Mine: She slowly steals portions of Buffy's soul over several nights; as her kind can recognize each other even in human disguise due to their lack of a soul, she expected that her parents would take Buffy instead of her.
A troll who was once human, a tenth-century Viking who apparently often hunted trolls and was the lover or husband of Aud; he cheated on her with a "load-bearing" bar matron, and Aud punished him by transforming him into a gigantic hammer-wielding troll.
- Baddie Flattery: To Xander, who he compliments...kind of."YOU FIGHT WELL, ALTHOUGH YOU ARE A TINY MAN!"
- Baleful Polymorph: When he was first turned into a troll, he was very unhappy about it. He's adjusted by the present day, but still holds a grudge against Anya for making him a troll in the first place.
- Big Beautiful Woman: He cheated on Aud/Anya with a barmaid who was 'load-bearing'.
- Blood Knight: He quite enjoys battle.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Olaf is very expressive about his abilities, but he isn't lying about them.
- Drop the Hammer: His most powerful weapon is his hammer.
- Eats Babies: It's never seen, but he does make reference to going out and finding some babies to eat.
- Gigantic Gulp: He drinks an entire keg in a single swig.
- Insane Troll Logic: He's the Trope Namer.
- Large Ham: Olaf went to the BRIAN BLESSED school of enunciation.
- No Indoor Voice: OLAF SHOUTS ALL HIS LINES.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in two episodes, but he's very important to Anya's backstory (her turning him into a troll is what convinced D'Hoffryn to recruit her as a vengeance demon), and his hammer ends up being critical in the Scoobies' final showdown with Glory.
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheated on Anya while they were together, hence she turned him into a troll.
A Sex Bot created in Buffy's likeness by Warren at Spike's behest.
- Bond One-Liner: She tries throughout "Bargaining," but never gets it quite right.Buffybot: That'll put marzipan on your pie plate, Bingo!
- Chekhov's Gunman: It proves useful to the Scoobies in "The Gift" and "Bargaining," being reprogrammed by Willow to perform Slayer duties.
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Giles gripes that Spike hasn't programmed the Buffybot to say his name correctly, pronouncing it "Guy-els."
- Replacement Goldfish: Serves as this in "Bargaining." Dawn curls up in bed next to it as it recharges. Giles finds himself teaching the bot Eastern martial arts philosophy until Anya calls him on it. Averted with Spike who refuses even to look at it, and the Scoobies all agree that it could never replace the real Buffy.
- Retargeted Lust: The entire reason Spike had it created; if he couldn't have the real Buffy, he'd have the next best thing.
- Robot Me: A robotic duplicate of Buffy.
- Sex Bot: Its entire purpose is to be this to Spike.
- Spot the Imposter: Despite the Buffybot's strange behavior, the Scoobies completely fail to notice that it's actually a robot, much to the real Buffy's annoyance. Especially jarring, since they were able to realize right away that April was a robot.
- 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 (1999Present). 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.
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Justified; Spike gets off on fighting the Slayer as much as having sex with her, so Buffy's strength and combat abilities are part of the package.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In contrast to her treatment of April, Buffy is repulsed by the existence of the Buffybot and outright refers to it as a "thing" and an "it".
The leader of the Hellions demon biker gang that briefly took over Sunnydale when they discovered that the Slayer was dead.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Razor and his gang are clearly modeled after Hell's Angels.
- Arc Villain: Of the Season 6 two-parter dealing with Buffy's resurrection.
- Badass Biker: The guy rips off a vampire's head and crushes it into dust with zero effort.
- Character Death: Tara axes him in the back for threatening Willow.
- Fantastic Racism: Demons typically don't get along swimmingly with vampires either, but Razor takes it to a new level when an annoying vampire tries to join his gang by ripping his head off mid-sentence with a snappy one-liner.Vampire: Hey look, I know you guys don't usually let vampires join the gang, And I got the whole sunlight issue. But I was thinking, you know, as thanks for the 4-1-1, you could let me go—Razor: [crushes his head] I'll think it over.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: By Tara, with an axe! Beware the Nice Ones indeed."So, witch, got a little power after all. Well, let's see what tricks you can manage while I choke the life outta"
- New Era Speech: He gives one to his gang after they invade Sunnydale.Razor: This here is a momentous occasion, the beginning of a new era. Now, no question, the open backroads and highways have been good to us. But we've got ourselves a juicy little burg here, just ripe for the picking. And I ain't in no hurry to leave it, you? (demons all yell "NO!") So I figure, what better way to kick off our ... semi-settling-down, than with a little christening? A symbolic act commemorating the new order around here ... and ridding ourselves of any not-so-pleasant reminders of the old.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Razor threatens the Scooby girls with rape, one of few demons to do so. Most of them are into decent, old-fashioned murder. Razor is just that extra bit creepier."Now let me tell you something, children. We're not gonna fight you. We're just gonna hold you down and enjoy ourselves for a few hours. You might even live through it. Except that certain of my boys got some...anatomical incompatibilities that, uh, tend to tear up little girls."
- Wolverine Claws: He appears to have placed metallic extensions on his regular claws.
Jinx, Murk, Dreg & Gronx
Glory's Minions, commonly known simply as Minions and at one time called "Scabby Boys", were a species of demon native to Glorificus' home dimension and who worshiped her. In spite of all of their blind loyalty to her, Glory largely did not appreciate their help, and they often received a lot of abuse (both verbal and physical) from her, either out of their failures or simply during Glory's temper tantrums.
- Butt-Monkey: Every single one of them lives in service to Glory, Bad Boss extraordinaire. As such, they are routinely abused in a number of ways by both Glory and Glory's enemies. Glory herself considers them fodder that wait on hand and foot for her. They tend to die quickly, and are just as likely to meet their end at Glory's hand as their enemies. Independently of Glory (sort of), Jinx ends up being beaten up and later stabbed by Ben.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: Dreg does this with Ben, but he's really no danger to him at all for a variety of reasons.
- The Leader: Jinx holds some position of leadership among Glory's minions. We later see a High Priest who appears briefly.
- The Nicknamer: They frequently address Glory with grovelling titles of their own invention, like "the Glorious One", "Her Splendiferousness," "Her Sparkling Luminescence", "Oh Sweaty-Naughty-Feelings-Causing One", "Most beauteous and supremely magnificent one", "Most tingly and wonderful Glorificus", "Shiny special one", "Your terrifically smooth one", "Most silky and effervescent Glorificus", "Your most fresh and clean-ness, it's just a matter of time", "Your creamy coolness", "Most glamorous yet tasteful one", "glittering, glistening Glorificus" and "Your new and improved-ness" among others.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Every other word out of their mouths is a word of hopelessly devoted praise directed toward Glory.
- Undying Loyalty: Every single one of them is slavishly devoted to their beloved Glorificus.
- The Smurfette Principle: Aside from Gronx, the rest of Glory's minions (that are seen) seem to be exclusively male.
- With All Due Respect: When Gronx speaks to Ben, although she adds "...and a fear of sharp objects".
An eccentric old man who is actually a reptilian demon with vast knowledge of the dark arts.
- Affably Evil: Due in no small part to being played by Joel Grey, Doc comes across as an eccentric, grandfatherly type. Even when he's slicing up a young girl and tossing people off a tower, he's unfailingly polite.
- Badass Boast: When Spike makes one, Doc returns with one of his own.Spike: This won't take long.Doc: No, I don't imagine it will.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes terrifyingly turn black when Dawn shakes his hand.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In his fight with Spike on the tower, who he runs circles around with ease before tossing him off the tower. He winds up on the receiving end from Buffy, who casually pushes him off the tower without breaking stride.
- Disney Villain Death: Invoked: Buffy pushes him off the tower but we never see him land.
- The Dragon: He turns up as a last-minute dragon for Glory.
- Dressed to Kill: Doc turns up in his Sunday best for Glory's big day.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: More like Dropped From A Bridge. Buffy simply pushes him from Glory's tower structure.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Doc has no idea why Spike gives a damn about saving Dawn.Doc: I don't smell a soul anywhere on you. Why do you even care?Spike: I made a promise to a lady.
- Evil Old Folks: His appearance is that of an old man.
- Obfuscating Disability: He plays the part of a slow moving old man. He turns out to be quite agile and strong.
- Overly Long Tongue: Has an extendable tongue he employs as an offensive weapon.
- Never Found the Body: After being thrown off by Buffy we don't see him again. Thus we don't know if impact from the fall was enough to kill him or if he simply fled.
- Not Quite Dead: Spike seemingly kills him in "The Weight of the World", but he wakes up shortly afterward and turns up later in "the Gift" none the worse for wear.
Spawn of Sobek
A cobra altered through transmogrification. Glory converted a cobra to find The Key.
- Chain Pain: How Buffy tries to kill it.
- Eye Awaken: When Buffy stops strangling it, believing it's dead.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Buffy winds up beating the damn thing to death.
- Playing Possum: Showing surprising cleverness for a giant snake-demon, it pretends to be dead while Buffy is choking it with a big chain.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When it identifies the Key, it's eyes glow red.
- Snake People: Although the only human thing about it is it's arms, which snakes... y'know, don't tend to have.
- Super Window Jump: It just smashes it's way into the Magic Box via window.
One-shot Demons and Monsters
The She-Mantis A.K.A. Ms. Natalie French
A sentient giant female praying mantis. She assumed the appearance of a beautiful woman to seduce young virgin men to reproduce and kill them.
- Attempted Rape: She tries to mate with a very unwilling Xander and Blayne.
- Artistic Licence Biology: It's something of an urban myth that Mantises eat the heads of their mates; it's seen in the lab, but not in the wild. She also makes a sound like a cicada, presumably for a more horrifying effect.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The clue is very much in the name; she's a giant praying mantis.
- Conceive and Kill: Her modus operandi.
- Exorcist Head: She can rotate her head 180 degrees. It's described accurately by Buffy as a "full-on Exorcist twist".
- Horrifying the Horror: A vampire is about to attack her when it realises she isn't human and runs for its life. Buffy witnesses this, and it's what tips her off that something isn't right about her.
- Hot for Teacher: Every boy at the school (and Giles) is enchanted with her.
- I'm a Humanitarian: As would be expected of a giant praying mantis, she eats people.
- Living Aphrodisiac: Due to the pheromones she secretes. Being seriously hot is probably a bonus, though.
- Little Black Dress: She wears a very cleavagey one when seducing Xander.Xander: It's the most beautiful chest... dress I've ever seen.
- Logical Weakness: The She-Mantis may be a demon, but it's still a bug. The Scoobies are able to ward it off using cans of bug spray, and Buffy plays recorded bat sonar to paralyze it, since bats pray on mantises and hearing their sonar makes their nervous system "go to hell."
- Monster of the Week: For the episode "Teacher's Pet". She's referenced from time to time later in the series.
- Mrs. Robinson: She seduces young, male virgins to mate with and then eat. She accomplishes this by using her sex appeal to easily seduce them into coming willingly to her house.
- Sexy Walk: As seen in her slow-motion entrance.
- Slipping a Mickey: She drugs her victims to get them in her cage.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It is implied she raped Dr. Gregory, and she definitely wasn't interested in whether or not her victims consented to mating with her.
Moloch the Corrupter A.K.A. Malcolm Black
A demon who charmed and mesmerized his victims with promises of love, power and knowledge.
- Bad Boss: As soon as he's free, the first thing he does is kill his blindly loyal minion Fritz for the sheer joy of it.
- The Corrupter: He's so known for this that he's earned it as part of his title.
- Digitized Hacker: When the book he's sealed in is scanned by a computer, he's released into the Internet.
- Horned Humanoid: In both his original and mechanized form.
- Killer Robot: Gets trapped inside his Moloch robot body.
An unidentified demon, the last member of the Brotherhood of Seven who posed as a Sunnydale High student.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While in his human disguise, Marc presented himself as a bumbling, dorky magician. He's actually a vicious demon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The guillotine he was using to try and kill Giles is ultimately used on him, taking off his head.
- Karmic Death: Killed with his own guillotine.
- Monster of the Week: For "The Puppet Show".
- Off with His Head!: How he's killed.
- Organ Theft: He harvests organs from people (a heart, a brain) to replenish himself.
The Ugly Man
- Attack Its Weak Point: Buffy finally defeats him by snapping off his club-arm.
- The Juggernaut: He's pretty unstoppable for a non-existent manifestation.
- Right Hand of Doom: His main weapon is his club-hand, which he uses to pummel the hell out of people.
- Screaming Warrior: Aside from repeating "Lucky Nineteen" in his booming voice, the Ugly Man largely communicates through scream-shouts.
A Sunnydale High student who died in a rock climbing accident, but was brought back as a sentient undead by Chris, his younger brother. In life he had been a running back for the Sunnydale Razorbacks, one of the most talented and popular football players in the school.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Multiple cheerleaders in one, actually.
- Came Back Wrong: Death didn't exactly do wonders for his psyche.
- Monster of the Week: For "Some Assembly Required".
- Lovable Jock: In life, he wasn't just athletic and popular but a really nice guy, by all accounts. In death, not so much.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Daryl rushes into a fire to save his 'love', dying in the process.
- Shout-Out: His entire character is the Buffyverse version of Frankenstein's Monster.
- Tragic Villain: It's hard not to feel a little sorry for him considering his death at a young age, tender relationship with his brother and the way he forlornly watches the sport he loved that he can no longer play.
- Unwanted Revival: After being resurrected, Daryl very much wishes he was still dead.
- Would Hit a Girl: Then again, that girl is the slayer.
"Inca Mummy Girl" a.k.a. Ampata Guttierez
An undead Incan princess who was accidentally released.
- Affably Evil: Ampata is willing to kill, but in her view it's necessary and she's otherwise a charming young woman who's easy to like. She has no taste for murder, it's just the only way she can survive.
- Aliens Speaking English: She learned the language after all the years that she was toured all over the country.
- And I Must Scream: She was imprisoned in her own corpse.
- Anti-Villain: Ampata died young, an unfair and innocent victim of her people's culture. Even when resurrected, all she wants is to live the life that was taken from her. She's not sadistic or cruel, just desperate to keep on living even at the cost of the lives of others.Guardian: You are already dead. For 500 years.Ampata: But it was not fair. I was innocent.Guardian: The people you kill now ,so that you may live? They are innocent.
- The Chosen One: In her time, she was chosen as a sacrifice to ward off the powers of evil.
- Dead Person Impersonation: "Ampata" was the foreign exchange student that was supposed to stay with Buffy for two weeks.
- Evil Counterpart: To Buffy. They both yearn for normality, but fate and circumstance put a stop to their hopes. Admittedly, Ampata got a pretty raw deal in contrast to Buffy.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: To a terrifying extent.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: For Ampata, it really does.Ampata: She was 16, like us. She was offered as a sacrifice and went to her death. Who knows what she had to give up to fulfil her duty to others? What chance at love?
- Kiss of Death: How she drains life from her victims.
- Monster of the Week: She's the titular "Inca Mummy Girl" of the episode.
- Necessarily Evil: Ampata has no higher goal or evil plan, she just wants to live and have a normal life. Unfortunately, she needs to drain Life Energy from other people. It's not something she particularly relishes.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She was imprisoned within her own corpse for thousands of years.
- Seductive Mummy
- Tragic Villain: She didn't end up a life-draining mummy by choice, and at heart, all she wants is a normal life, something that she ends up being denied at every turn.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sure, she kills with a Kiss of Death and is certainly dangerous, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her considering her tragic origins. She was just a girl not unlike Buffy who was chosen against her will to endure a horrible fate for centuries, given no chance at a normal life.
An enormous snake-like demon worshiped by the members of the Delta Zeta Kappa fraternity.
- Human Sacrifice: Machida demands girls to eat, which the frat boys happily give him in exchange for future wealth and riches.
- Monster of the Aesop: He could be seen as a metaphor for Date Rape and the dark underside of frat culture. A snake is kind of Freudian.
- Monster of the Week: He's the titular "Reptile Boy" of his episode.
- People in Rubber Suits: There's a very noticeable cut-off between the human inside the suit and the rubber tail.
- Snake People: He is one; he has a scaly upper body, but then the rest of him is just snake.
Eyghon the Sleepwalker
A ancient demon who was worshipped by Giles and Ethan Rayne during their youth alongside several other magic users.
- Body Surf: It sails from body to body in order to survive.
- Demonic Possession: It can inhabit any unconscious or dead body in his vicinity.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: If you're possessed by Eyghon, your features gradually become more demonic.
- Evil Sounds Deep: No matter who it's possessing, it can speak with a very deep voice.
- Eldritch Abomination: It's a powerful and ancient demonic being that can raise the dead and has a true form that is seriously wrong.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: One of the symptoms of possession by Eyghon.
- Gotta Kill Em All: Its ultimate goal is to kill everyone who initially summoned it.
- Implacable Man: Eyghon can be stopped, but it's far from easy. Even killing its host body doesn't put an end to it, as it just jumps to the next one.
- Mark of the Beast: Handily known as "The Mark of Eyghon".
- Monster of the Week: Initially, but it becomes much more important in Angel & Faith.
- Possessing a Dead Body: It can do this, but the corpse will eventually break down.
- Troll: As evidenced by its attempt to seduce Giles while possessing Jenny, it just loves to fuck with people.
- Your Soul Is Mine: His followers' souls go to him after they die. This is why Angel is convinced he can revive Giles, since his soul is tied to Eyghon, who is on Earth.
The Mother Bezoar
A prehistoric parasite whose offspring were capable of attaching themselves to other creatures and taking control of their motor functions via neural clamping.
- Combat Tentacles: Her main weapon.
- Giant Eye of Doom: Only a small part of the Bezoar is seen, part of which is a big ol' eye.
- Puppeteer Parasite: She sends out her little babies (somehow) to attach to people like some kind of horrific tramp stamp, thus taking control of them.
- Sound-Only Death: We do see her eye close, but otherwise all we hear is a roar of pain and Buffy emerging covered in inky blood.
- Swallowed Whole: How she kills Tector, dragging him down and eating him.
A demon that preyed on sick children.
- Bald of Evil: When Buffy knocks off his Nice Hat, he's bald beneath.
- Child Eater: His whole schtick is the devouring of children's energy.
- Evil Laugh: He has a very creepy chuckle.
- Eye Scream: Der Kinderstod's method of eating is his eyes, which emerge from the sockets on stalks and open up to reveal little, lamprey-like mouths.
- Invisible Monsters: He's only visible to children and the very ill. Otherwise he can't be seen, which is his main power. Without it, he ain't so tough.
- It's Personal: Despite his small role, he may very well be the first demon Buffy had ever encountered, when he killed her cousin Celia right in front of her as a child.
- Monster of the Week: For "Killed by Death"
- Neck Snap: How Buffy kills him.
- Nice Hat: He has a hat which he's very fond of.
Sunnydale High Swim Team/Gill Monsters
A race of half-human/half-fish creatures. The monsters were the result of steroids administered by Coach Carl Marin. He managed to find the solution to old Soviet Experiments on the DNA of fish such as tarpon and mako shark to improve the performance of Olympic swimmers. Even though the formula was successful on the Sunnydale High Swim Team, extended use eventually led to the boys transforming into large, humanoid fish-like monsters. When transforming, the person's skin would completely shed off, leaving a mindless beast with a taste for human flesh and the capability of breathing both underwater and on land.
- Attempted Rape: Cameron tries to get too frisky with Buffy, only for her to break his nose. Later, the transformed members of the team resort to their animal instincts with Buffy. It doesn't go any better for them than it did for a pre-transformed Cameron.
- Body Horror: Their transformation is so gruesome that the Scoobies initially assume that they've been brutally attacked and killed. In reality, they're transforming in a way that involves their skin shedding in an extremely painful way.
- Bullying a Dragon: It was a terrifically bad idea for Cameron to try his aggressive schtick with Buffy. She effortlessly breaks his nose off his own steering wheel.
- FaceMonster Turn: Their transformation reduces them to mindless beasts without an ounce of the person they were. Considering they weren't great people to begin with, they actually become a little more sympathetic post-transformation. At least their deadly actions can be excused by them just being animals.
- Fish People: Let's just say they would not look out of place at ol' Innsmouth.
- I'm a Humanitarian: After transforming fully into Gill Monsters, they develop a taste for human flesh.
- Jerk Jock: All of them. Each one is nasty piece of work; stuck-up, bullying, entitled and even mildly sadistic. Special points go to Cameron, for being a self-absorbed budding rapist.
- Monster of the Week: For "Go Fish".
- Slut-Shaming: Cameron blames Buffy for his borderline Attempted Rape, saying she was 'leading him on'.
- Soviet Superscience: Their origins can be traced back to old Soviet experiments which were somehow uncovered by Coach Marin. He and Nurse Greenleigh cracked the formula, although they're likely less responsible than the Hellmouth's mystical influence.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: When Angelus tries to sire Gage, he's surprised and repulsed by the taste and abandons his recruitment. This is pre-transformation.
The leader of the a group of enslavers using a Los Angeles shelter called Family Home.
- Bad Habits: Ken runs a Red Cross-esque quasi-religious homeless shelter called "Family Home"; in reality, it's a front for a demonic workhouse.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: A sadistic lesson he imparts to Buffy and Anne/Lily.Buffy: You didn't choose me.Ken: No. But I know you, Anne. So afraid. So pathetically determined to run away from whatever it is you used to be. To disappear. Congratulations. You got your wish.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ken initially appears to be a sweet, thoughtful, mildly bumbling fellow who's genuinely trying to help out the young runaways of Los Angeles. The truth is that he's a sadistic demonic slave-driver who lures vulnerable young people to his shelter, traps them in his world and works them until they're too old before letting them out to wander the streets of L.A.
- Breaking Speech: After capturing Buffy and Anne/Lily, he turns up at their cell to go a bit of gloating. Buffy has seen worse, but Anne/Lily takes it hard."You see, Lily, you'll die of old age before anyone wonders where you went. Not that anyone will. That's why we chose you."
- Crash-Into Hello: How he first meets Buffy.
- Determinator: Give the asshole credit; falling from a massive height that should have killed him doesn't slow him as much as it should, and even with a gate crushing his legs he continues to rant like the psychotic cock-head he is.
- Faux Affably Evil: In his human persona he's rather sweet and caring, but once he drops his cover, Ken shows himself for the sadistic monster he truly is.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The evil demonic slave-master with blood-red eyes is... named Ken. Presumably not his real name.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Buffy pummels his head into pudding off-screen.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Ken attempts this, threatening to kill Anne/Lily as punishment for Buffy's rebellion. It doesn't work.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The spiked gate to his workhouse slams on his legs.
- Karmic Death: Killed by the humans he despised and wanted to work to death.
- Latex Perfection: His human mask, which is a glued-on disguise.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After he's killed, Ken's Portal Pool solidifies and seals off Ken's world from Los Angeles.
- Made of Iron: Anne/Lily pushes him from a very tall height, injuring him severely but it doesn't kill him.
- Mugging the Monster: Ken thought he'd just grabbed one more runaway that nobody will miss or look for. He actually grabbed Buffy, and she brings his whole wretched world down around him.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Buffy shuts up his angry accusations with a big ol' stick to the head.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Buffy incites rebellion, Ken gets very unhinged very quickly, watching in disbelief and ranting helplessly."Humans don't fight back. Humans don't fight back! That's how this works!"
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: The nature of his demon workhouse.
- You Got Guts: What he thinks of Buffy."You've got guts. I'd like to slice you open and play with them."
A demon of Nigerian origin referred as a zombie demon by Rupert Giles and whose name meant Evil Eye.
- Evil Mask: It's a very evil mask with a penchant for raising the dead.
- Eye Scream: The only way to kill it is by destroying its eyes, which Buffy does. With a shovel.
- Mask of Power: Its capable of raising the dead and possessing its wearer, with glowing eyes for added effect.
- Necromancer: Its mask raises the dead.
Peter "Pete" Clarner
A Sunnydale High student and boyfriend of Debbie Foley. Scott Hope was one of his closest friends since childhood.
- Ax-Crazy: Under the influence of the serum, Pete becomes homicidally insane. Not that he's the nicest of individuals without it, mind.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Pete is insanely jealous of any man who pays attention (romantic or not) to Debbie. He kills Jeff for just being her friend, he kills Mr. Platt for being her therapist and tries to kill Oz after he sees them talking for a few seconds.
- Domestic Abuser: To his girlfriend Debbie. It's a pretty classic depiction save for the monster thing; he gets angry, strikes her, shows regret and begs for forgiveness while blaming her for making him angry in the first place.
- Game Face: His appearance post-transformation is all bulging veins, caveman brow and sharp claws.
- Gone Horribly Right: Pete started the formulas to become stronger and manlier. Unfortunately, it worked a little too well.
- Hulking Out: Pete initially used his formula to transform, but no longer needs it. His transformation is triggered by frustration, jealousy and anger.
- Monster of the Aesop: He could barely be considered a metaphor for domestic abuse considering how entirely blatant he is.
- Mugging the Monster: Pete goes after Oz as a potential victim... on a full moon. When Oz wolfs out, the rules change and Pete gets his ass rather thoroughly kicked.
- Neck Snap: Angel breaks his neck with his chains.
- Sickly Green Glow: The color of his formula.
- Super Strength: His main power from the transformation.
- Transformation Sequence: It involves a sped-up head-banging routine.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: As part of being a Domestic Abuser, Pete blames Debbie for making him angry enough to hit her in the first place.
A large snake-like demon dwelling in the sewers of Sunnydale and one of the dark forces behind Richard Wilkins' rise to power.
- Eats Babies: Lurconis demands a sacrifice of little babies to eat.
- Greed: His name means "Glutton".
- Kill It with Fire: Buffy pulls down a gas line and sets it aflame to spray in Lurconis' face.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was one of the Mayor's many demon supporters who helped bring him to, and keep him in, power, and as thus is paid a tribute.
Kulak, of the Miquot Clan
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His forearms open, and blades made of bone spring out into his hands to be used as weapons.
- I Am X, Son of Y: Kulak is a little insistent about this. Mr. Trick, being Mr. Trick, finds it weird.Kulak: I am Kulak, of the Miquot Clan!Mr. Trick: ....isn't that nice.
- Oh, Crap!: When a grenade lands between Buffy and Kulak, they both stop fighting to escape. Buffy manages to break through a window to safety. Kulak chooses a window that's boarded up from the outside, knocking him back onto the grenade. His expression is something to behold.
- Pet the Dog: One of his competitors, Frawley, gets his leg stuck in a bear trap. Kulak rather thoughtfully offers to cut the leg off. Maybe not the best suggestion for a human hunter, but Kulak seemed to be sincere.
A demon warrior. Lagos was a powerful warrior demon, dangerous and feared enough that even Angel knew of him.
Hans & Gretta Strauss
Hans and Gretta Strauss were the names of a pair of dead siblings found in 17th century Germany. They were the disguise of a powerful demon.
- All Myths Are True: They have a basis in the Hansel and Greta story.
- Creepy Child: Their usual manifestation.
- Glamour Failure: Thanks to Giles, its disguise fails and few people are willing to obey a big ugly monster.
- Hate Plague: It provokes paranoia and persecution against witches to cause death and suffering.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It gets impaled through the neck by the stake Buffy was tied to.
- Karmic Death: Buffy was tied to a stake for a good ol' witch-burning due to this thing's machinations, so it seems fitting that she puts that stake through it's neck.
- Regularly Scheduled Evil: They (or rather it) turns up every 50 years on the dot.
Jack O'Toole, Bob, Parker & Dickie
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Jack's attempt at intimidating Xander is ruined by both Xander's nonchalance and the ticking time bomb right next to them.
- I Call It "Vera": Jack calls his Bowie knife "Katie". Someone get that kid an undead girlfriend.
- Knife Nut: Jack, who carries around a Bowie knife like he's compensating for something.
- Just Desserts: Jack winds up eaten by a transformed Oz.
- To the Pain: Jack tries to do this, but it falls flat.Jack: I'm gonna carve you up and serve you with gravy. You piss me off, boy. Now you pay the price. First the eyes, then the tongue. I'm gonna break every one of your fingers.Xander: (indicating Time Bomb) You gonna do all that in forty-nine seconds?
- We Will Meet Again: Jack threatens this to Xander... only to get attacked rather suddenly by Werewolf!Oz.
A demon and an old enemy of Richard Wilkins.
- Ax-Crazy: Balthazar is not holding it together mentally. He alternates between soft-spoken, Suddenly SHOUTING! and killing at will.
- Bad Boss: He kills one of his vampire minions in a show of You Have Failed Me.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: At some point, he was an extremely powerful and feared demon lord. Then he got into a battle with the Mayor, who crippled him, leaving him unable to move (and subsequently, extremely fat).
- Defiant to the End: After being mortally wounded, he smugly tells Buffy that the Mayor is much worse than he was and she's not in for a good time."Slayer... you think you've won. When he rises, you'll wish I'd killed you all."
- Evil vs. Evil: He's one of the Mayor's old enemies; he's just as evil, but nowhere near as affable.
- Fat Bastard: Balthazar is enormously fat to the point where he's unable to move apart from flailing his chubby little arms. Fortunately for him, he has telekinesis.
- Honor Before Reason: Deeply averted. He tells his men to forget about honor and all those Evil Virtues; just get him his amulet."Vincent made a noble effort. Man to man, as befits a true warrior. He had courage. He had honour. And I have JACK TO SHOW FOR IT!! It has been a hundred years since my enemy crippled me! Now ultimate power is within his grasp, and I shall not let it be. Forget about honour! Forget about everything but getting my amulet! Bring the watchers to me! Find the slayers and kill them! Kill everything that gets in your way!"
- Laughably Evil: He may be repulsive in every single way, but he's kind of hilarious.
- Large Ham: Oh, so very much. He screams, he shouts, he does everything he can since he can't do much.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has very deep red eyes.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Since he's such a Large Ham he sometimes STARTS SHOUTING AT RANDOM.
- This Cannot Be!: As his plans fall through, he resorts to screaming "Unacceptable! Unacceptable!".
- You Have Failed Me: He kills one of his vampire minions out of displeasure at the failure to retrieve the amulet.
A demon living in Sunnydale. He went looking for the two Slayers, Faith Lehane and Buffy Summers, to offer them the Books of Ascension so that Mayor Wilkins would not be able to get his hands on them. He asked for five thousand dollars in exchange for the Books so he could travel away from the Hellmouth.
A species of canine-like demon. They were employed as foot soldiers and feed exclusively on brains.
- Brain Food: They feed off the brains of their victims.
Gachnar, self-styled the Dark Lord of Nightmares and the Bringer of Terror, was the demon of fear.
- Badass Boast: Most of his dialogue is this, but it falls flat due to his small size.
- Big Little Man: Hilariously done so, with Gachnar rising up from the ground, snarling and getting ready to do damage...only for him to look up at the Scoobies' incredulous faces.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Literally. Buffy just steps on him.
- Famous Last Words: His last words turn out to be eerily prophetic."They're all going to abandon you, you know."
- I Know What You Fear: What with being a fear demon and all.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: He's the one creating so much terror in the haunted Frat House.
A Native American spirit warrior of the Chumash tribe which returned to exact vengeance against those who wronged his people.
- Badass Boast: Half of his dialogue is this."I am vengeance. I am my people's cry. They call for Hus, for the avenging spirit to carve out justice."
- Ear Ache: Hus likes to cut off his enemy's ears, as part of his attempt to inflict Laser-Guided Karma.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His entire schtick is visiting karmic retribution on people for the wrongs of the past.Willow: The few Chumash who tried to rebel were hanged. And when a group was accused of stealing cattle, they were killed. Men, women and children. And for proof to bring back to their accusers—Giles: They cut off their ears?Buffy: So Hus wasn't kidding about vengeance. He's re-creating all the wrongs done to his people.
- Magical Native American: Hus is a spirit warrior of the Chumash, a Native American tribe who were particularly oppressed.
- Revenge: He's quite literally a spirit of vengeance.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of his powers. At one point, he turns into a bear, prompting Spike to hilariously comment, "You made a bear!"
The Gentlemen are coming by,
Looking in windows, knocking on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours,
Can't call to mom, can't say a word,
You're gonna die screaming but you won't be heard."
A group of demons said to originate from fairytales. They roamed from town to town, seeking out seven human hearts they required to stay alive. They were served by a group of demonic footmen dressed in straight jackets who did all the fighting and muscle-work for them.
- And I Must Scream: The way their victims die. The Footmen hold them down while the Gentlemen cut out their hearts while they're still alive. If that weren't bad enough, they can't scream at all due to having no voice but they still try.
- Bald of Evil: They're all entirely bald.
- Cold Ham: None of them speak or even change expression, but all their movements are incredibly smooth and theatrical and all of their motions are seemingly punctuated with a flourish.
- Enemy Mime: The Gentlemen do not speak, and can't survive the voices of others. Hence, they communicate with gestures.
- Faux Affably Evil: They get along well with each other; in one notable scene when a Gentleman places one of the collected hearts before the others, they gently clap while the responsible Gentleman makes gestures of, "Oh, stop, you guys, I'm blushing".
- Meaningful Name: They're dressed impeccably and are very polite and friendly to each other.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We never learn where they came from, why they came to Sunnydale, or why they need human hearts. They're more or less just there, and Giles' research claims they can appear in any town.
- Organ Theft: Their own motive. They need seven human hearts to keep alive.
- Perpetual Smiler: Their faces are permanently locked in a particularly ghoulish grin.
- Power Floats: They hover very creepily above the ground.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The Gentlemen are all dressed for a funeral, but it's a stylish funeral.
- Slasher Smile: Their default expression... with metallic teeth.
- The Voiceless: Due to their nature, they don't speak themselves and force everyone else to become The Voiceless as well.
- Your Head Asplode: What voices do to them and how Buffy defeats them.
The Footmen are thuggish demons who serve as the muscle for the Gentlemen, they do all the grunt-work for them including restraining their victims as they cut out their hearts and also fighting when necessary.
- The Berserker: Their default fighting style.
- The Brute: They tend to work in this capacity for other demons.
- Crush. Kill. Destroy!: Their instincts are to just crush things and cause destruction, when not working for other demons with a little more brainpower.
- Dumb Muscle: From Spike's description, Fyarl demons in general aren't particularly bright.
- Horned Humanoid: They have curled horns.
- Hulk Speak: Their normal way of speaking tends to be short, terse requests for crushing time.Spike: Funny hearing a Fyarl demon say "serviceable." Had a couple of them working for me once. They're more like "Like to crush. Crush now?"
- Mook: They often work for other demons.
- Sneeze of Doom: It isn't seen, but one of their powers is the ability to sneeze a large amount of mucus.
A demon and the last survivor of the Tothric Clan.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep, intimidating voice.
- Badass Long Robe: Described accurately by Spike as 'robey'.
- Down in the Dumps: Toth spends his time in the city dump and smells accordingly.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Buffy, with a sword.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last survivor of his Clan. Of course, now they're all dead.
An extraterrestrial demon species that, oddly enough, dwelled within certain meteors. They were summoned to eliminate the insane, particularly in middle ages Europe.
A robot created by Warren Mears to be his girlfriend and inadvertently the inspiration for the Buffybot.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played with. While she definitely goes beyond Warren's expectations and does quite a bit of damage, she doesn't really go beyond the programming. Warren just didn't really think things through when he programmed her and subsequently abandoned her.
- Anti-Villain: April doesn't want to hurt anyone, and even when she does, the fault is due to Warren's short-sighted programming, not any choice on April's part.
- Bear Hug: She gives a downright dangerous one to Katrina.
- Berserk Button: Don't even imply that you're trying to get between her and Warren. Spike got himself tossed through a window, Katrina was knocked unconscious, and Buffy was nearly strangled to death.
- Cut the Juice: Buffy doesn't bring April down; her batteries just run out.
- Destination Defenestration: When Spike tries to hit on her to make Buffy jealous, April's immediate response is to bodily toss him out a window.
- Hugh Man: Her mannerisms are so stilted and bizarre, along with her Super Strength, that the Scoobies quickly deduce that she's a robot.
- Improvised Weapon: Not that she needs it, but she breaks off a part of a playground see-saw to go to town on Buffy with.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: How the Scoobies view her throwing Spike out the window. Buffy freely admits that she wouldn't give up the memory of her doing so for anything.
- Let Them Die Happy: Buffy sits with April as her batteries run out, calmly lying to her that Warren will come back for her.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Discussed; the Scoobies don't initially see April as much of a threat, since she's just looking for her boyfriend, and actually approve of her tossing Spike out the window. When Buffy talks with Warren about April to confirm it, that's when it hits her that April is a threat:Buffy: Warren, this is important. Is she dangerous?
Warren: She's only programmed to be in love.
Buffy: Then she's dangerous.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: To the untrained eye she's just an odd-mannered human girl, but the Scoobies work out what she is very quickly.
- Sex Bot: Warren made her, uh, fully functional.
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Despite just being created to be a Sex Bot, April has Super Strength, a combat mode, and only fails to defeat Buffy because her batteries run down.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Buffy certainly feels sympathy for her. Warren's treatment of April serves as foreshadowing for how he views women in general.
- Yandere: For Warren, as she's programmed to be.
I'm the twist and shout,
When you gotta sing,
When you gotta let it out,
You call me and I come a-running,
I turn the music on; I bring the fun in,
Now, we're partying,
That's what it's all about!"
A powerful demon whose mere presence could cause the inhabitants of an area he visited burst into song and dance, which would lead to some of the victims to spontaneously combust.
- Affably Evil: A fairly lighthearted and pleasant guy, despite his sadistic love of making people dance til they explode.
- Been There, Shaped History: Sweet implies that he was responsible for the Great Fire of Rome."Something's cooking, I'm at the griddle / I bought Nero his very first fiddle"
- Big Bad: Of "Once More With Feeling", and a particularly memorable one.
- Depraved Bisexual: Hinted at; upon learning that the one who summoned him was Xander and not Dawn, the former asks if he'll have to be his "bride". Sweet's response is to glance at him and say "it's tempting..." before turning him down.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Sweet has a pleasantly deep, smooth voice.
- Feet-First Introduction: His nifty tap-dancing abilities are seen before him.
- Graceful Loser: Sportingly concedes defeat simply because he doesn't want to marry Xander.
- I Have Many Names: According to him, he has 'a hundred'.
- Incoming Ham: His tapdance intro.
- Karma Houdini: Sweet blows into town causing chaos and death, but leaves unharmed and even seems to win in a roundabout way.
- Kill It with Fire: His whole singing and dancing routine results in some people combusting.
- Large Ham: He's an all-singing all-dancing demon!
- No Name Given: It's subtle, but the elusiveness of his name crops up more than once. The Scoobies do eventually find information on him, but no name, and he doesn't give a name when Buffy asks him. "Sweet" is All There in the Script, and probably not his real name if he's been around since Roman times.
- Reality Warper: His mere presence causes everyone to burst into song, complete with special effects!
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In typical Sweet hammy mode, he bids the Scoobies farewell and that he'll see them all 'in hell' before stylishly teleporting away.
- Villain Song: "What You Feel".
- World of Ham: Turns Sunnydale to this just by arriving.
Bro'os A.K.A. Teeth
A demonic loan shark with, literally, shark-like features.
- Affably Evil: Teeth is actually quite genial; he might be a glorified thug and a coward, but he doesn't forget his pleasantries and doesn't hold a grudge. All he really wants is a nice beachfront property and a good deal of kittens. He's not even excessively violent. He even insists on addressing Spike as "Mr. Spike".Vampire Minion: The boys want to taste blood, boss. They wanna break down the door.Teeth: "The boys" are barbarians. There's no need to do that.
- Dirty Coward: He pathetically tries to 'forgive' Spike's debt once the shoe is on the other foot, and he betrays his fellow demon lords to save his own life.
- Evil Is Hammy: Aside from the endless Visual Pun, Teeth is also quite a ham, acting like a 50s Chicago gangster.
- Evil Overlord: Despite not being too powerful in terms of demon strength, Teeth manages to snag a position as one of the Demon Lords of Los Angeles when he relocates.
- Karmic Death: He's murdered by the Demon Lords he betrayed to save his own hide.
- Laughably Evil: Sure, he's an evil loan shark, but he's entertaining, funny and very memorable.
- Loan Shark: Due to his entire character being a Visual Pun.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Teeth is motivated largely by self-preservation and money/kittens.
- Visual Pun: He's a shark demon... and a loan shark. Get it?
A demon, who was once a human victim of Anyanka.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Stewart is outraged to learn that Anya doesn't really remember him as anything special.
- Cursed with Awesome: Considering that many of Anya's old curses involve various types of painful death (like auto-cannibalism) he got away lightly by being transformed into a powerful demon capable of shape-shifting.
- Create Your Own Villain: Anya cursed him while she was still a vengeance demon, leading to him being transformed into a demon and tortured in a hell dimension. He returns to ruin her chances at happiness and maybe kill her.
- Disproportionate Retribution: So he slept around and cheated on his girlfriends, which is not a nice thing to do. It didn't warrant him getting turned into a demon and tortured in a hell dimension, though.
- Jacob Marley Warning: He presents a twisted, false future to Xander under the guise of this.
- Revenge: His motivation for ruining Anya and Xander's wedding, hoping to hurt her emotionally instead of just physically.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He has a one-episode appearance, and there were issues about the Harris wedding already in place, but all the same he's pretty much responsible for breaking Xander and Anya up for the remainder of the series.
- Your Cheating Heart: The reason Anya cursed him in the first place.
A worm-like demon that masqueraded as an old lady. She was a regular at the Doublemeat Palace. Unfortunately, she wasn't there for the Doublemeat Medley. This demon had a taste for the palace employees. She also enjoyed the cherry pie.
- And I Must Scream: The way she kills her victims: She paralyzes them so they can't move except maybe flaring their arms, then proceeds to eat them slowly over several hours. They can't move or speak at all but can feel everything.
- Evil Old Folks: She's an elderly lady who dines on fast food employees... of course, it's unclear if she's actually either elderly or even a lady. She's a demon in disguise.
- The Paralyzer: She paralyzes her victims so she can eat them alive.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Beneath her wig, a horrible, chestburster-esque snake lamprey-like monster thing emerges to eat people. It's quite disgusting.Willow: [describing Wig Lady to Tara] Well, let me put it this way, if I wasn't gay before...
A demon living in Sunnydale that fed on human skin and blood.
- And I Must Scream: Gnarl paralyzes its victim entirely so it can eat at its leisure, slowly peeling strips of skin away over a long feeding period. The victim can't move at all, but feels every second of agony.
- Evil Laugh: It has a tendency to punctuate its sentences with a sinister giggle.
- Eye Scream: Buffy digs her thumbs into its eye sockets.
- The Paralyzer: It uses a paralyzing poison to keep its victims alive but still, so it can eat their skin.
- No-Sell: Willow's magic is no good against Gnarl."Gnarl loves spells. He keeps them as pets. They love him, and they leave him alone."
- Monster of the Week: Of "Same Time, Same Place"
- Psychopathic Manchild: The way he talks makes him sound like this, and he is very psycho.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Gnarl tends to throw out rhymes."They don't want you. Lock you in, nice white skin... And if they do return, where will they find you? Inside me, you'll already be."
- Spell My Name with a "The": Subverted; its name is 'Gnarl' not 'the Gnarl'.
- Third-Person Person: Only refers to itself as 'Gnarl', never 'me' or 'I'.
A demon allied with the First Evil. Knowing that dark times were due to come, Lissa decided to ally herself with the First Evil and do her part by preforming a ritual sacrifice in order to raise a Turok-Han Vampire.
- Animal Eyes: She has cat-like eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Lissa initially seems quite pleasant and charming, but she's really a self-serving evil demon.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: She tries to throw in with the First Evil because she thinks that's the side that's going to win. She wants to secure her alliance now, rather than jump on the bandwagon after the apocalypse.
- Monster of the Week: For the episode "First Date".
- This Was Her True Form: Lissa partly reverts to her demon form after being killed.
The Bringers of the First Evil
The high priests and foot soldiers of the non-corporeal First Evil. These demons were seemingly former humans that had been corrupted by the First and transformed through rituals that included self-mutilation.
- Bald of Evil: They're all bald.
- Dark Is Evil: They all wear dark ceremonial robes.
- Eyeless Face: Their eyes have all been removed and replaced with carvings of demonic symbols. Caleb jokingly refers to them as the "Ray Charles Brigade".
- Tongue Trauma: The reason they don't speak is because at some point during their indoctrination, their tongues were ripped out.
- The Voiceless: Due to the aforementioned tongue ripping, the Bringers can't speak. The one time we hear a Bringer vocalize, it has to use Andrew as a proxy.
- Was Once a Man: Originally, they were humans and still look mostly human save for the eyes. They're considered by others to be demons, and a chipped Spike is able to fight them with no ill effects.
Comic Demons and Monsters
A draconic-looking Old One, Sephrilian is one of the Demon elite who walk the line between the human reality and the others. He is approached by Buffy and Willow, who seek information on Twilight. Has four un-moving faces: happy, sad, angry and fearful.
- Bigger on the Inside: Its realm is inside a small one story house, which contains an endless staircase and Sephrilian himself.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Sephrilian is an all-seeing, immensely powerful creature who resides between realities and is as old as time itself. Buffy freakin' kills him.
- Eldritch Abomination: He's an Old One, a pure demon from the beginning of time who possess reality-warping power.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Sephrilian has devil wings.
- Supernatural Elite: It doesn't get much more elite than an Old One, one of the precursors of all demon-kind.
A werewolf and former student of Oz and Bayarmaa who learned to control his transformation, but strayed off the path. Now heads a group of werewolves that share his way of thinking: the wolf is the best part of them, they should revel in it, and anyone thinking differently is to be eliminated.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He and his group slaughter an entire monastery worth of Buddhist monks because he disagrees with Oz and Bayarmaa's view on werewolves.
- Unexplained Recovery: He appears to have died after Bayarmaa rips his throat out, until he reappears two issues later. The editor even admitted they "went overboard with the blood." In the trade paperback, some dialogue is changed to make up for it, though it still doesn't explain exactly how he got better.
- Would Hurt a Child: He and his group have no qualms attacking Bayarmaa even though she is carrying an infant.
Pearl and Nash
Half-demon/half-human twins raised by their human mother to usher in the next stage of human evolution. They work for Twilight to achieve this goal, until it is revealed that Angel is Twilight and is tricking them. After that, they want revenge.
- Ax-Crazy: Oh boy, the two revel in death and destruction.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Powerful half-demons in nice outfits
- Blood-Splattered Warrior: In their first appearance. And not their own blood.
- Brother-Sister Team: They never work alone. until Nash is finally killed by Faith
- Co-Dragons: To Whistler.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Nash is partially based on David Bowie, specifically his Thin White Duke persona, while Pearl is partially based on Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Lady Gaga. Faith and Nadira both actually refer to Nash as "Bowie" in one of the last issues of Season 9.
- Cute Monster Girl: Pearl
- Emotion Eater: They both feed on strong emotions, like fear
- Energy Weapon: Both can summon two green energy swords.
- Eye Beams: Part of their powers
- Flight: Another of their powers
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When charging their powers.
- Half-Human Hybrid/Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Human mother, demon father.
- Half-Identical Twins: Pearl is a girl, Nash is a boy
- Icy Blue Eyes: Cold-hearted murderers with sky-blue eyes.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: They both procreated with several demons to produce various offspring, who were slaughtered by Alasdair Coames and his associates.
- Pointy Ears: Making them look a little bit fae.
- Power Glows: Whenever they use their energy powers.
- Sickly Green Glow: Their powers.
- Two-Faced: Pearl in Season 10.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Twilight. And they were none too happy when they found out.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Justified because the two are very thin.
- Waistcoat of Style: Nash. And Pearl too, in later appearances.
One of the Old Ones entombed in the Deeper Well. He was the progenitor of vampires. Looks like a cross between a giant gorilla and a bat.
- Back from the Dead: In Season 10, after Dracula unwittingly becomes his new embodimient temporarily. Played With in that as an Old One, he has Immortality in that his essence can re-form given the right circumstances.
- Final Boss: Of Season 9, after being released from his tomb by Simone Doffler.
- Flight: Fully capable of it.
- Monster Progenitor: He created the first vampires.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was one of the Old Ones entombed in the Deeper Well.
- Size Shifter: As an Old One, he can take on any size he wants.
- Super Strength: One of the most physically powerful beings on his own.