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Principal R. Snyder
The conservative, paranoid, and authoritarian Principal of Sunnydale High from 1997 to 1999, following the death of Principal Robert Flutie.
In direct contact with the Mayor of Sunnydale, Principal Snyder spent a good deal of his efforts covering up the otherworldly occurrences that took place in the school through contrived and flimsy explanations. Aside from that, Snyder was also keen on maintaining and improving the school's image without any real concern for the students that went there.
- Adults Are Useless: And in Snyder's case, they're actively opposing you.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Early in Season 3, his reasons for not letting Buffy back into Sunnydale High, even after she was found innocent of Kendra's death, are her poor grades, spotty attendance record, and, above all else, "tingling pleasure" that he didn't have to put up with her anymore.
- Asshole Victim: After three seasons of being a dick to Buffy and actively trying to have her expelled, not one crap was given by any of the characters when Snyder was eaten by the newly-Ascended Mayor Wilkins.Xander: (to Snyder in a dream sequence) You know, I never got the chance to tell you how glad I was you were eaten by a snake.
- Child Hater: Likens his students to locusts.
- Day in the Limelight: Band Candy was the episode that feature him more than any other, albeit completely out of character. Makes one wonder what happened to him to have messed up him so much.
- Death by Irony: In the episode where he first appears, he talks about how the previous principal got eaten. Guess what happens to him in the Season 3 finale.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:Snyder: You really have faith in those kids, don't you?
Giles: Yes, I do.
- Evil Gloating: He takes the time during the season 2 finale to rub Buffy's expulsion in her face, outright stating that the police are "deeply stupid" and would never find out that Buffy didn't beat up her friends or kill Kendra. Contrary to his expectations, the cops do find out that Buffy was innocent during the Time Skip between seasons 2 and 3.
- Freudian Excuse: It's hinted that he had Mommy Issues. Also, there's this:Buffy: You never ever got a single date in high school, did you?Snyder: Your point being?
- Insane Troll Logic: Uses plenty of this to pin trouble on Buffy.
- Jerkass to One: While he's a Sadist Teacher and Child Hater in general, Snyder focuses quite a bit of his venom on Buffy and the Scooby Gang. He's always fully prepared to believe the worst in Buffy, to the extent that he admits to getting "tingling pleasure" out of messing with her. It's to the extent that in the season 2 finale, when Buffy is believed to be a murder suspect, Snyder, despite full knowledge that she didn't kill anyone, lies to the police and says that Buffy is always behind any trouble.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He explicitly refers to himself as this.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Decides to try shouting at the newly ascended Mayor to be quiet. It goes about as well as you'd expect."You're on my campus buddy and when I say I want quiet I want-"
- Last-Name Basis: We never find out his name though it starts with an "R".
- Meaningful Name: Snyder — snide.
- Mole in Charge: He's working for the Mayor, acting as a banal antagonist to Buffy and the Scoobies. Snyder is fully aware of the Hellmouth, although he isn't clued into the Mayor's actual plans.
- Sadist Teacher: He hated Buffy from the minute he saw her and constantly tried to get her expelled, succeeding at the end of season 2 when circumstantial evidence led the police to think Buffy had murdered Kendra and beaten up her friends. After she was cleared of all charges, Snyder still refused to let her back into Sunnydale High simply because he was glad that she was gone, but the school board, along with physical and professional threats from Giles, forced him to change his mind.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When transformed back into a teenager ("Band Candy"), he was shown to be a relatively friendly dork and seemingly looked up to the Scoobies. He even liked Oz's Cool Hair!
- Secret Keeper: He knew about the existence of the Hellmouth all along - and was even charged to keep it a secret from as many people as possible by the Mayor himself. That said, he was completely oblivious to Buffy's identity or the Scooby Gang.
- Smug Snake: He's a banal antagonist to the Scoobies, but he's far too pleased with himself. He takes deep satisfaction in victimising Buffy but he himself is just pawn of the Mayor.
- Swallowed Whole: By an ascended Mayor.
- Tagalong Kid: After regressing to his adolescent self. ("Band Candy")
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Flutie is killed, Snyder takes control and Sunnydale High becomes an even worse place to send your kids.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Mayor promises him a reward for his services. A few hours later, he eats him.
Principal Robert Flutie
The principal of Sunnydale High when Buffy Summers arrived in Sunnydale.
- Character Death: Flutie is killed and eaten by a group of students possessed by hyena spirits.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Literally eaten alive by some troublemakers.
- Mauve Shirt: This guy wasn't introduced in The Pack; he was in the first four episodes. Thus his death has more impact than previous ones.
- Nice Guy: Well-meaning, but bumbling and largely incompetent.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He tries to come down on troublemakers and is willing to give Buffy the benefit of the doubt.
Principal Robin Wood
The principal of the rebuilt Sunnydale High School. He was a freelance vampire hunter, seeking revenge on the vampire that had killed his mother, the Slayer, Nikki Wood.
- Badass Normal: Despite having no extraordinary powers, Wood is a solid badass: he's well-trained, rarely shows fear and is capable of killing multiple vampires with relative ease. He doesn't match up to Buffy, but who does?
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's become this, now that he's leading a Slayer squad in Cleveland, location of a second Hellmouth
- Beware the Nice Ones: Wood is one of the coolest and nicest guys you could meet, but there's a great deal of unresolved rage bubbling beneath the surface that is terrifying when released.
- Best Served Cold: He's been planning his revenge since 1977.
- Birds of a Feather/Opposites Attract: When he goes on a date with Buffy he reveals that he is the son of a former slayer. Later Faith would sleep with Wood.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 9. Buffy seeks out his advice after finding out she's pregnant.
- Brooklyn Rage: He's originally from New York City.
- Disney Death: In the Series Finale, which he does on purpose to freak Faith out.
- Foil: Could arguably be considered one to Daniel Holtz, one of the Big Bads of Angel season 3. Both lost their families to vampires (the vampires in question are Angel and Spike, respectively) and sought vengeance. Like Holtz, Wood found positively no solace in Spike's ensoulment or remorse and only cared about his revenge. However, Robin eventually managed to let go of his hate and become a trusted friend and ally to the Scooby Gang, whereas Holtz was single-mindedly consumed by his desire for vengeance to his last breath.
- Heartbroken Badass: His mother's death spurred him on to become an intensely cool badass.
- Hot Teacher: Buffy and Faith most certainly think so.
- Last Minute Hookup: With Faith. This is over by Season 8, though they remain friends and allies.
- Last-Name Basis: Most of the Scoobies just call him "Wood."
- Muggle Born of Mages: His mother was a Slayer. Although he has no powers himself, he's still a damn good fighter.
- Nice Guy: Although far from a doormat, Wood is an all-round decent guy who treats others with compassion and consideration.
- Put on a Bus: This happens in S8 in an identical way to how many Fanfics do it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is about as far removed from Principal Snyder as it is possible to get; understanding, in touch with the students, not remotely condescending and eager to see his students reach their full potential. And he can deal with the trouble-makers very effectively too.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In his twenties, he spent all his time trying to hunt down and kill Spike, until realizing that it was hopeless. While he continued killing vampires and demons, hoping he would eventually come across Spike, he did so in a less reckless manner.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: While principal of Sunnydale High.
- You Killed My Father: To Spike, who killed his mother Nikki.
Dr. Stephen Gregory
The science and biology teacher in Sunnydale High.
- Cool Teacher: He doesn't condescend to Buffy while also making it clear that he thinks she has great untapped potential.
- Nice Guy: Gregory was a Stern Teacher, but everyone liked him and Giles considered him a "civilized man" who had no enemies.
- Off with His Head!: The She-Mantis eats his head.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's one of the few teachers who sees great potential in Buffy and gives her firm encouragement.
- Red Shirt: Gregory appeared very briefly earlier in Season 1, before being killed in "Teacher's Pet".
- Stern Teacher: He doesn't suffer fools or accept excuses from his students, but he wants to see them succeed.
Coach Carl Marin
A Sunnydale High coach.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to say he didn't deserve his fate 100%.
- A Father to His Men: What he pretends to be, saying he cares about his boys by feeding them after their transformation. If he gave a damn about them in the first place, he wouldn't have been exposing them to steroids.
- Faux Affably Evil: Marin tries to act like a typical hardass but caring coach. He's actually deeply insane.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Buffy escapes the rape attempt and the monsters go for the coach instead."Wow...they really love their coach."
- Just Desserts: He's eaten by his 'boys'.
- Meaningful Name: Karl MARIN. (as in MARINe biologist)
- Self-Disposing Villain: While trying to kill Buffy, he falls into the pit he's been keeping his fish monsters in.
- Skewed Priorities: The Coach believes it's important to win...even if this means continually exposing teenagers to a steroid gas that transforms them into vicious, mindless beasts.Buffy: Why?
Marin: What kind of question is that? For the win! To make my team the best they could be! Do you understand we have a shot at the state championship?
Buffy: Do you understand that I don't care? It's over! There's not gonna be any swim team.
Marin: Boy, when they were handing out school spirit, you didn't even stand in line, did you?
Buffy: No. I was in the line for shred of sanity.
A Sunnydale High teacher in 1955.
During her time at the school she began an affair with honor roll student James Stanley, but when she attempted to break it off to give him a chance at a normal relationship James lost his temper and shot her, subsequently taking his own life in grief.
Jennifer "Jenny" Calendar AKA Janna of the Kalderash
A computer science teacher at Sunnydale High. She was also an ally of the Scooby Gang and the love of Rupert Giles.
She hid from all of them that she was a member of Clan Kalderash sent to watch over Angel, and went by the name Jennifer Calendar.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Giles, at first.
- Finding Judas: She lied to them about Angel and the curse, but she didn't mean anything bad to happen.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played with. Her demise at Angel's hands is mentioned several times in Seasons 2 and 3, both in Giles' mourning of her and Xander insisting to Buffy that Angelus needs to die for it. After "Amends," when the First assumes Jenny's form, she's never explicitly mentioned again for the rest of the show.
- Hidden Depths: She goes from a normal high-school computer teacher/"techno-pagan" to a Romani woman sent to watch over the vampire her people cursed with a soul.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Though without the associated stereotypes.
- Hot Teacher: Giles is very attracted to her (and so is Xander a bit). Robia LaMorte is certainly easy on the eyes.
- Hot Witch: Actually a techno-pagan, because her powers aren't strong enough to make her a fully-fledged witch.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She was only told to keep Buffy and Angel apart; she wasn't informed that Angel's happiness with Buffy would be his Curse Escape Clause until after the damage was already done.
- The Lost Lenore: To Giles after her death.
- The Mole: Sent to Sunnydale to keep an eye on Angel.
- Neck Snap: How Angelus kills her.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: See Giles' Eye Take when he hears about Jenny's nude mud dance at Burning Man.
- Opposites Attract: Her idea of dating spots with Giles are a football game and monster truck rally.
Nurse Ruth Greenliegh
The Sunnydale High nurse.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Being eaten alive in gruesome fashion by the swim team.
- Heel Realization: Comes to see that the experiments she and Coach Marin are doing on the students are wrong after seeing the full effects of the mutations they are undergoing. Unfortunately, Marin remains unconvinced by her pleas.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When she tells Coach Marin of her concerns, he gleefully pushes her into a pool with his boys. She's subsequently eaten.
The Sunnydale High guidance counselor.
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Unlike other examples of this trope - Platt, despite not knowing the specifics of what happened to Buffy, is able to figure out the basics what happened to her, empathize with her pain and offer good advice. From Debbie's words, he was also able to figure out the basics of her and Pete.
- The Confidant: Unwilling to share her secret re Angel with the Scoobies, Buffy goes to confide in Platt as he appears to be quirky enough to listen. Unfortunately Pete has got there first.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: An adult who seems to genuinely try to engage with Buffy and get her to open up about what is dwelling on her (specifically about her relationship with Angel).
- We Hardly Knew Ye: In just one scene, he seems to actually get through to Buffy and helps her come to an easier mental place after returning to Sunnydale, and Buffy comes away appreciative that there's someone willing to hear her out without harshly judging her. Unfortunately, he's almost immediately killed off by Pete Clarner afterward.
A brawny and generally unpleasant Sunnydale High student involved in sports.
- Armored Closet Gay: Larry covers up his hidden homosexuality by being an overly macho bully who frequently leers at female students. He even sexually accosts Buffy during gym.
- The Bully: Perhaps not to the extent of some others as he's seen occasionally getting along with Oz and Xander prior to taking a level in kindness, but he doesn't hesitate to use his fists on weaker students.
- Bury Your Gays: Poor Larry is killed by a transformed Mayor, who swipes him off his feet with his tail. When Larry lands, he breaks his neck.
- Jerk Jock: As part of his armored closet; he's a talented football player and a bully to go with it.
- Lovable Jock: After he comes out and his subsequent level in kindness, he becomes this.
- Straight Gay: There's very little to indicate his sexuality except for his admission.
- Took a Level in Badass: He actually steps up when the time comes to do battle with the Mayor, and is a member of La Résistance in the Wishverse.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After coming out and making peace with who he is, Larry becomes a much nicer, even sweet guy who is considerate of others.
Cassandra "Cassie" Newton
A Sunnydale High student with psychic abilities and a friend of Dawn Summers.
- Face Death with Dignity: She makes it clear that she doesn't want to die, but has to accept it because You Can't Fight Fate.
- Nice Girl: Cassie is soft-spoken, insightful and very sweet.
- Not So Stoic: Cassie isn't quite stoic, but she's sweet and mild-mannered and isn't prone to excessive emotion. She does have one memorable outburst, however, that shows how much she's hurting."You think I want this? You think I don't care? Believe me, I want to be here, do things. I want to graduate from high school, and I want to go to the stupid winter formal. I have this friend, and it would be fun to go with him. Just to dance and hear lame music to wear a silly dress and laugh and stuff. I'd like to go. There's a lot of stuff I'd like to do. I'd love to ice skate at Rockefeller Center. And I'd love to see my cousins grow up and see how they turn out 'cause they're really mean and I think they're gonna be fat. I'd love to backpack across the country or, I don't know, fall in love...but I won't. I just never will."
- Prophecies Are Always Right: She foretells her own death, and it happens.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Cassie is doomed to die; she foresees it and knows she can't prevent it.
Kyle DuFours, Tor Hauer, Heidi Barrie & Rhonda Kelley
A group of bullies, plus Xander Harris, who were unwittingly possessed by the spirits of a pack of hyenas.
- All There in the Manual: The Sunnydale High Yearbook reveals Heidi became a vegetarian after the possession ordeal.
- Gang of Bullies: Even before being possessed, Kyle, Tor, Heidi and Rhonda are a group of jerks constantly bullying other students
- I'm a Humanitarian: They eat Principal Flutie. They just...freakin' eat him.
- Jerkass: Even before they get possessed by hyena spirits, they're a nasty group of malcontents.
- Teens Are Monsters: They're already mean before the transformation.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no word on what happened to them after they're de-hyena'd, and the fact that they have to deal with the memory of eating a living human being. Supplementary material reveals that all four of them survived until Graduation and Heidi became a vegan.
David "Dave" Kirby
A Sunnydale High student and one of the prized pupils of Jenny Calendar alongside Fritz Siegel and Willow Rosenberg.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Refuses to go along with Moloch's order to kill Buffy, as he can't justify murdering an innocent bystander (not even knowing that she's the Slayer). Moloch makes sure punish Dave before he can impede things any further.
- Never Suicide: Moloch sends Dave's parents a fake suicide e-mail to deflect any suspicions after Fritz kills him.
- You Have Failed Me: Moloch has Fritz kill him because Dave refuses to kill Buffy.
A Sunnydale High student and one of the star pupils of Jenny Calendar, along Willow Rosenberg and David Kirby, although his enthusiasm for computers bordered on obsession.
- Kubrick Stare: He has this often because he's a nut and Moloch's brute.
- Madness Mantra: His loonyness can be seen by him repeating "I'm jacked in. I'm jacked in. I'm jacked in."
- Neck Snap: At Moloch's hands, or claws, or...hydraulics, whichever.
- Self-Harm: Fritz carves an "M" for Moloch into his arm out of devotion/obsession.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Moloch kills him after he stops being relevant, just to experience what it's like to kill again.
A Sunnydale High student who became invisible.
- Air-Vent Passageway: She lives above the school's music room in a space accessible only by climbing up through the drop ceiling.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Poor Marcie was shunned so much she turned invisible.
- Batter Up!: Her first victim is beaten with a baseball bat.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for her actions and brutality is because literally everyone ignored her to the extend that the Hellmouth turned her invisible. Buffy is initially sympathetic, but upon seeing how crazy Marcie is and how far she's willing to go to get back at those who snubbed her, she drops it.Buffy: Y'know, I really felt sorry for you. You've suffered. But there's one thing I really didn't factor into all this. You're a thundering loony!
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Now here's an interesting example. She was so ignored by her peers that, with some Hellmouth magic, she eventually became literally invisible to them - and it took the Scoobies to even notice she was gone. Being alone in her invisible world only made Marcie that much more unhinged, as Cordelia finds out the hard way.
- Insane Equals Violent: Marcie is crazy and is all about using violence to achieve her batshit insane ends.
- Invisibility: Her entire schtick. She was such a wallflower, that the Hellmouth turned her gradually invisible.
- Invisible Jerkass: Upon becoming invisible, she becomes a violent psychopath who takes violent revenge against everyone who scorned and ignored her.
- Karma Houdini: After having brutally beaten a guy with a bat, asphixiated a teacher, tried to disfigure Cordelia and tried to stab Buffy, she gets rewarded with a training in assassination and infiltration.
- Loners Are Freaks: Shee magically turned invisible from social ostracization and set out to take violent revenge on everyone she deemed responsible.
- Monochrome Past: Her flashbacks of her non-interactions with Sunnydale students.
- Professional Killer: After being apprehended, she's recruited to be an assassin for the Government.
- Sanity Slippage: After disappearing, her sanity disappeared too and she became viciously psychotic.
- To the Pain: When she has Cordelia and Buffy tied up, she waxes about how she's going to slice up Cordy's pretty face."You should be grateful. People who pass you will remember you for the rest of their lives. Children will dream about you. And all your friends who come to the coronation tonight will take the sight of the May Queen to their graves."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her training to become an assassin is set up like a Sequel Hook, yet she's never seen or heard from again.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Marcie became invisible because she was so unnoticeable, she was perceived as such by everyone around her.
A Sunnydale High student. Cordelia Chase dated Kevin, but unlike many of her other relationships, Cordelia and Kevin seemed to genuinely care for each other.
- Nice Guy: Appeared to have a genuinely kind relationship with Cordelia.
- Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Cordelia opens the door to the A/V room only to have his corpse fall out.
- Red Shirt: He exists largely to die, and has little in the way of character. Cordelia seemed to care rather deeply for him, though.
- Say My Name: Cordelia shouts his name in shock and sadness when she finds his dead body.
A Sunnydale High student and girlfriend of Pete Clarner.
- Broken Bird: Debbie has been broken down completely by Pete's violent abuse of her. He controls every aspect of her life, resulting in Sanity Slippage.
- Domestic Abuse: She's a victim of Pete's violent temper.
- Madness Mantra: After Buffy's interrogation she just starts muttering, "He does love me".
- Sanity Slippage: Pete's abuse of her has horribly damaged her, to the point where Buffy's interrogation of Debbie results in her sitting with her head bowed muttering a Madness Mantra to herself.
- Ungrateful Bastard: She knocks aside the tranquilizer rifle as Buffy is about to shoot Pete, who just blames her for bringing the Scoobies down on him.
- Your Makeup Is Running: After Pete hits her. Though the massive shiner draws attention from it.
A Sunnydale High student and a warlock.
- Action Survivor: Managed to escape an attack led by his father and his friends and reached the Scooby Gang to warn them that Willow and Amy were in danger. We don't get to see his escape, but the fact that he's bloody and with a limp suggests it could not have been easy.
- Ambiguously Gay: Albeit only due to the "witchcraft = homosexuality" metaphor present in the series.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Going along with the Ambiguously Gay trope, the bullying of Michael by Roy and his cronies can be read as coding for homophobic targeting.Roy: Everyone knows he's into that voodoo witchcraft. I heard about those kids. People like him...gotta learn a lesson.
- Goth: Michael wears dark clothing and makeup, which makes him look a bit like Robert Smith.
Frederick "Freddy" Iverson
A Sunnydale High student and editor of the school newspaper.
- Caustic Critic: Appears to have this reputation with the Sunnydale student body, as he tends to have a negative response to almost everything he writes about. He even thinks up an insult about over-eager students in the classroom and then makes sure to congratulate himself with a plan to remember the put-down for later. Subverted with his scathing review of Dingoes Ate My Baby, which Oz says is a fair assessment.
- Room Full of Crazy: His office is filled with his grim editorials.
- Red Herring: He runs and hides when Oz comes over to interview him about whether or not he's the person set on harming the other Sunnydale students. Turns out he was just worried that Oz was going to pay him back for writing a negative review about his band.
- School Newspaper News Hound: Willow mentions how depressing the school paper has become since Freddy took over. Oz says that he doesn't notice, as he always skips right ahead to the obits.
A Sunnydale High student and the older brother of Andrew Wells.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Buffy asks him what kind of sicko would want to ruin the happiest night of a senior's life. Tucker glowers and says he has his reasons. Cue a Flashback Cut of Tucker asking a girl to the prom, and her flatly saying, "No."
- Foreshadowing: His very existence is one. His brother Andrew will go on to become a pretty major character.
- Improvised Weapon: When confronted, he tries to break a vase over Buffy's head, but she deftly ignores his attack. Undaunted, he then grabs a screwdriver and holds it in front of him like a switchblade. Buffy easily disarms him, then uses the extension cord from the shattered lamp to tie his hands. Later, Buffy snatches a red curtain from outside the gym and tackles one of the hellhounds, immobilizing it for a minute.
- Loners Are Freaks: Tucker is accurately described as a maladjust.
- No-Sell: He smashes a vase over Buffy's head. For a girl who has to bench 400 pounds so she can fight vampires and demons a dinky little thing like that works as well as you might think.
- You Are Too Late: Buffy closes in on him, restraining him against a wall while belittling his evil plan. "Lucky for me you're an incompetent maladjust." She prepares to lock him in the other room, but upon opening the door, she sees three empty cages with TV screens in front of them. Tucker grins evilly. Uh oh.
A Sunnydale High student and the younger brother of Lance Brooks.
- Big Brother Bully: His brother, Lance, has shades of this. He's certainly not a pleasant individual and didn't approve of his brother having geeky interests when he was younger.Lance: I gotta tell ya, there was a time I was worried about R.J. He was into comic books, Model U.N., geek stuff. No offense, Harris. One time, I found all this poetry under his bed. Turns out, he wrote it."''
- Brainless Beauty: R.J. doesn't have much going on upstairs.
- Hidden Depths: When he was younger, he was more like Xander and actually wrote poetry. Probably not good poetry, but still.
- Hot for Teacher: It doesn't bother him at all that Buffy is "like a teacher". In fact, he seems pretty into it.
- Love at First Sight: Due to the magical jacket's influence, everyone falls in love instantly.
- Sexy Man, Instant Harem: The magical jacket he wears causes women to fall hard for him. While wearing it, he captures the attention of Dawn, Buffy, Anya and Willow.
- Slow Motion: How women see him when he puts on the jacket.