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  • Always Female: The Slayer is always a girl, no exceptions.
  • The Chosen Many: Initially, there was Buffy the Chosen One, the "one girl in all the world who had the strength..." However, after a temporarily clinical death, it turns out that she isn't the Slayer anymore (first Kendra, then with her death, Faith) and the line no longer goes through her. Then, in the series finale, Buffy has Willow cast a spell that would activate the powers of all potential Slayers, making an army of thousands.
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  • Cast from Calories: Hinted at on occasion. Faith casually admits that slaying always makes her "hungry and horny", and Dawn remarks at one point that Buffy is "such a pig after killing things," often going to the fridge first thing after patrolling. Writer Douglas Petrie at one point planned for a scene where Buffy ate a lunch that contained three times the normal amount of food.
  • The Chosen One: Described as such. Initially, there was only one Slayer active at a time, with a Potential Slayer being activated at random once the current one died. Subverted when Buffy is drowned by the Master in Season 1; though she was only dead for a few moments before being resuscitated, it proved sufficient for the next Slayer, Kendra, to be called. At the end of Season 7, Buffy has Willow cast a spell to activate all Potential Slayers worldwide, turning them into The Chosen Many.
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  • Death Seeker: According to Spike in "Fool for Love," this is why most Slayers tend to die young. They work alone, and this self-imposed isolation cuts them off from family and friends, therefore making them lose their will to live.
  • The Dreaded: Most supernatural creatures are terrified of the Slayer. Even powerful vampires like Angelus and Darla preferred to avoid confronting Slayers and kept a low profile to avoid attracting their attention; Buffy even brags at one point that she's "the thing monsters have nightmares about." In demon society, succeeding in killing a Slayer is a major source of Villain Cred.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Though usually referred to exclusively as Vampire Slayers, the Slayer in fact fights against supernatural creatures in general, such as demons and witches. Buffy has gone beyond that by taking on robots and even human crooks.
  • Logical Weakness: In "Fool for Love", Spike points out a crucial disadvantage Slayers have versus vampires. For all their Super Strength and Super Reflexes, a Slayer still needs a weapon to kill a vampire, whereas vampires always have their teeth. He gains the upper hand over the Chinese Slayer (and Buffy, while relating the event) by taking advantage of their instinctive grab for the weapon at hand.
  • Resigned to the Call: In "Fool for Love," Spike argues this trope is what truly kills them; the Slayers may start out fighting for survival, then fight to protect other people, but eventually they accept their destiny (and the extremely short life-span involved) and become Death Seekers. Once that happens, it's only a matter of time until some vampire or demon gets in a lucky shot.
  • Superpower Lottery: Slayer powers include superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, durability, a mild Healing Factor, and a degree of Psychic Powers, including precognitive dreams and a Spider-Sense that lets them fight while blindfolded and sense the presence of vampires and demons.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Due to the dangerous nature of their profession, most Slayers aren't expected to live long; in "Helpless," it's outright stated that several of them didn't even make it to age 18. Buffy is stated to be the longest-lived Slayer because unlike the others, she has friends and family that love her and help her, thus actually giving her something to live for.

Slayers (pre-Season 7)

    Sineya, The First Slayer 

Sineya, The First Slayer

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"No friends! Just the kill."
Played By: Sharon Ferguson

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

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


  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Merging with the shadowy demon that turns her into the Slayer borders on rape. Buffy even refers to it as a violation.
  • Dying Alone: Sineya, being the First Slayer, adhered to a life of duty and isolation. She was an outcast from her home village, suffering a short and lonely life.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: A firm believer in this, to the point where, in season 4 when Buffy does a Fusion Dance with the Scoobies to beat Adam, she's so offended that she returns from the afterlife to try and kill them all.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She's at most, about the same size as Buffy, maybe even smaller, but she's stronger than Buffy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When Buffy uses a ritual with the help of her friends to invoke the full power of the Slayer bloodline...well, she didn't take it very well. Cue one defeat at Buffy's hands, and it looks like the original Slayer changed her tune about The Power of Friendship. Half a season later, she tells Buffy that her self sacrifice out of love for her sister will save the world. In the comics, we see that activating every potential Slayer and turning them from a lone warrior into a sisterhood was met with zero consequences. She even allows a boy with absolutely no connection to the slayers into their collective memory.

    Xin Rong 

Xin Rong

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"Tell my mother I’m sorry."
Played By: Ming Liu
Appears In: "Fool for Love"

A Chinese Slayer active during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. She is the first Slayer killed by Spike.


  • Action Girl: Like all Slayers.
  • Cool Sword: Her sword is magic, which allows it to give Spike a permanent scar.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Her weapon of choice is a Chinese sword.
  • No Name Given: She is only credited as "Chinese Slayer" in the TV show and named in the comics.
  • Noodle Incident: Her last words to Spike are "Tell my mother I'm sorry." We never find out what her dispute with her mother is.
  • Super Strength: Like all Slayers

    Nikki 

Nikki Wood

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"The mission's what matters."
Played By: April Weeden-Washington (Season 5), K.D. Aubert (Season 7)

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


  • Action Girl: She was definitely a good fight for Spike, even if she was on the losing end.
  • Badass Longcoat: Which Spike took.
  • Blessed with Suck: One of the many Slayers to die an early death, despite having been one of the few to make a life for herself.

    Kendra 

Kendra Young

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"You talk about slaying like it's a job. It's not. It's who you are."
Played By: Bianca Lawson

"In case the curse does not succeed, this is my lucky stake. I have killed many vampires with it. I call it Mr. Pointy."

A Slayer from Jamaica who was activated in 1997 by Buffy Summers' temporary death. Trained since birth to be the Slayer by her Watcher Sam Zabuto, Kendra was completely dedicated to her calling — which did not stop her from getting killed mere months after being chosen.


  • Action Girl: Due to being the Slayer...or a Slayer.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: The Gender Flipped version — she has trouble talking to men who aren't her Watcher or a vampire, presumably because she grew up being forbidden to do so. Her obvious attraction to Xander, and the fact that she literally cannot voice her interest in him, only makes her eventual fate that much more painful.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Hypnotized and rendered helpless during her duel with Drusilla, who casually slits her throat with one fingernail.
  • I Call It "Vera": She has a stake named "Mr. Pointy".
  • Irony: In response to Buffy's insistence that she do things her own way rather than follow orders, Kendra cynically retorted, "No wonder you died." In the Season 2 finale, her complete adherence to protocol and inability to not follow orders makes it all the easier for Drusilla to hypnotize and kill her.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in her debut episode.
    "That's me favourite shirt! That's me only shirt!"
  • Mauve Shirt: Since she died in her third appearance.
  • No Last Name Given: Kendra specifically says she has no last name. An unproduced Watcher supplement would have revealed it to be "Young," though. Presumably she didn't know it because she was raised by her Watcher instead of her parents.
  • No Social Skills: Kendra was raised in a bubble and so she lacks any social skills whatsoever. She's abrupt, rude, cold and has no idea how to interact with the opposite sex.
  • #1 Dime: Her lucky stake, "Mr. Pointy." Though the stake itself is lost for good, Buffy borrows her nickname for it.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Supposedly the accent was a last-minute addition, and the dialect coach taught Lawson an accent from a very specific, obscure area of Jamaica. To both viewers and crew it just sounded like a lame Jamaican accent.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She seems to be blue to Buffy's red because she's a more classically trained by-the-book slayer yet her lack of experience and gung-ho attitude puts her on the red.
  • Salt and Pepper: Buffy and herself.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Kendra spent her whole life training as a potential Slayer, and when she's finally chosen, doesn't last a year.
  • Shrinking Violet: Oh man. When a young boy - say, Xander - goes anywhere near her, she goes way into this trope.
  • Slashed Throat: By Drusilla.
  • Straw Vulcan: Buffy eventually taught Kendra that human emotion wasn’t necessarily a hindrance to being a Slayer.
  • There Is Another: Another Slayer, to be exact, which causes massive confusion among the Scoobies until Buffy figures out what really happened.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Buffy is the chosen Vampire Slayer who cares about boys, clothes, and cheerleading. When the other Slayer Kendra shows up she is seen as the perfect Slayer: solemn, respectful, and efficient. The fact that this "perfect Slayer" ends up dead and forgotten in record time while Buffy goes on to be one of the greatest Slayers in history says a lot.
  • Weak-Willed: Effortlessly hypnotised by Drusilla while they were actually fighting; it's implied that her training and upbringing has left her with little ability to resist orders.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears in one two-parter and dies in the first part of the next two-parter, for a grand total of three appearances.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: As she's from Jamaica — or at least, that's what her accent's supposed to be.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: She and Giles hit it off straight away, much to Buffy’s annoyance.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: It's specifically stated that Kendra's fighting technique is slightly superior to Buffy's due to the fact that training and studying demonology are literally all she's ever done since childhood. But as the above entry notes, while a Buffy vs Angelus or Buffy vs Spike fight is sure to be an epic brawl, Kendra vs. Drusilla was a disappointing defeat for the forces of good. Kendra goes down like a Red Shirt.

    Faith 

Season 7 Potential Slayers

Not all of these Potential survived to become Slayers, but they are all grouped here by association.

    Kennedy 

Kennedy

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

Potential Slayer, self-professed brat from a rich family, and love interest for Willow in Season 7. Also noteworthy as being part of the first lesbian sex scene on network television (with Willow). Willow breaks up with her at the end of Season 8, and in Season 9 Kennedy starts a company which employs Slayers as bodyguards.


  • Action Girl: If her being one of the most capable Slayers does not give a hint the comics have her dressing in combat gear that wouldn't look out of place in BattleField, Rainbow Six or Modern Warfare.
  • Back from the Dead: Sometime before Season 8, Kennedy was killed. While the details are unknown, Willow specifies that it was a mystical death and only lasted a month before she was able to bring her back.
  • Brutal Honesty: Immediately stands up to Buffy on fighting the First Evil, later calls her out during her bitch out to end all bitch outs and again when the group turns on her. She calls out Buffy again on trying to put the moves on her girlfriend, Willow for still being upset about Tara, Satsu for thinking she could turn Buffy gay, Buffy again for trying to be The Hero instead of doing her job, and for being afraid of being only good at acting like she's the One True Slayer.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She get's upset that Willow acts like she's ashamed of people knowing she's her girlfriend, and that she still thinks about Tara. She later threatens Buffy after she looks like she is into Willow, and goes after Satsu who experimented with Buffy leading to the altercation where Kennedy thinks she's a threat to her and Willow.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To quote Joss Whedon:
    Kennedy is, as she herself said, a bit of a brat. What I wanted was an anti-Tara. I wanted somebody who was as different from Tara as possible. Tara was very reticent, and she was somebody that Willow caused to blossom. What I wanted was somebody who was further on down in dealing with her sexuality than Willow ever was. Somebody who was totally confident, who was totally not earthy-crunchy, who was a completely different person.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Played for Laughs such as when she quickly figures out Buffy and Spike were an item and asks just how she found out his crypt was comfy when it's brought up, and Played for Drama when she snides about Willow not being over Tara.
  • Death Is Cheap: Died for a month before being brought back by Willow, pre-Season 8.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Buffy may be bad at leading, but at least she doesn't have blood on her hands. Kennedy thought it'd be cool to refer to the other potential Slayers as maggots.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Some of her behavior can come across as this: facing the Ultimate Evil the other potentials didn't seem to have much of a clue and the regular cast seemed to be carrying the Idiot Ball.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Upon arriving at the Summers house, she has a dismissive reaction to meeting Buffy, demands to be given weapons and hits on Willow.
  • Good Counterpart: To Simone in season nine. One of the reasons why Simone has an ax to grind is over Buffy keeping them defenseless. Rather than killing her and turning Slayers into vampires, Kennedy loads them up with guns and gives them real world training to defend themselves and others.
  • Jerkass: Ramped up when she felt she was Surrounded by Idiots, see below, and somewhat flanderized. Exhibit A from the motion comics when Willow discusses Tara's death.
    "You know when I said I was open to a threesome I had something more fun in mind." Nice.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Questions the leadership qualities of Stalin!Buffy and the psychotic Faith, as well as how best to deal with the Ultimate Evil. In the comics much of her pissy attitude revolves around the idea of trying to turn someone who is straight (Buffy) gay, as opposed to genuinely being that way, something of a sticking point for LGBTs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's generally nice unless someone is being a cocky dumbass, and once she stopped trying to emulate Buffy's style of leadership mellowed considerably.
  • Jumped at the Call: Very eager to step up and be a leader, even taking cues from Buffy, which was probably not the smartest move she made.
  • Karma Houdini: Her Drill Sergeant Nasty attitude indirectly led to Chloe's death. She is never called out on this, nor does she express any regret. Buffy at least regretted speaking ill of her.
  • Kick the Dog: In Season 9, she gives Buffy a What the Hell, Hero? after for leaving Theo Daniels behind despite Theo urging her to do it so they could regroup, ranting that Buffy gets so caught up in saving the world that she forgets about the "little guy" and lets other people die, just like she did with Giles at the end of Season 8. Buffy promptly decks her in the face and gives her a black eye, and Kennedy admits later that she was out of line.
  • Military Brat: Showed clear signs of this in the series with her...enthusiasm for the Drill Sergeant Nasty trope and in the comics is full commando.
  • Moment Killer: Jealous!Kennedy when Buffy hugs Willow, after just getting back from the future having had to kill her dark self.
  • Noodle Incident: The above mentioned death.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When in charge of Slayer bodyguards she was nice enough to offer Buffy a job, and was quite tolerant of her, given she screwed up royally in her training, was going to abandon working for her, and later punched her. Later Faith screws up just as bad and tries to leave, instead she gives her a important assignment involving Riley going missing.
  • Rich Bitch: She used to be this, as she comes from a wealthy background and is used to getting her own way.
  • Royal Brat: Lampshaded by Kennedy herself, as she comes from a rich family with multiple mansions. Wait, is she one of those Kennedys?
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Ignores the idea of not being allowed to engage in corporate warfare to take down a company ran by Wolfram & Hart. Given at this stage she thinks she's MacMillian it makes sense.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Bratty, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful and dismissive, she yearns to be the Slayer without putting the work in, preferring to throw her weight around rather than learning and questioning the authority of people with way more experience and seniority than her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's very similar to Cordelia - rich, bratty, outspoken, tactless and self-centred, only minus the Character Development and Hidden Depths.
  • Super Strength: A given being a Slayer.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Willow dumping her was, in Kennedy's own words, the best thing to happen to her. Much of her Jerkass behavior revolved around Willow and having split up she mellows considerably and acts much nicer.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Knew how to use a crossbow since she was eight years old.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She acts very rude and dismissive to Buffy, even after having her life saved.

    Annabelle 

Annabelle

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"You must learn to control your fear."
Played By: Courtnee Draper
Appears In: "Bring on the Night"

One of the Potential Slayers who arrived in Sunnydale, and the first to die at the hands of the Turok-Han.

  • Dirty Coward: After going on to the other Potentials about "controlling" their fear, she loses her cool and makes a break for it...and gets torn to shreds by the Turok-Han for it.
  • Hypocrite: She repeatedly tells the other Potentials that they have to stay calm and not let their fear control her... only to prove to be a Dirty Coward and try to run away.

    Vi 

Vi / Violet

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"My Watcher once showed me a photograph of [a vampire]. A blurry photograph."
Played By: Felicia Day

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


  • Bad "Bad Acting": Her Slayer recruitment commercial in Season 8, where she plays a typical suburban housewife-type who tells her husband (played by Andrew) about her sudden super strength and mystical Slayer dreams.
  • Captain Obvious: Upon arriving at a demon bar: "They're demons! It's a demon bar! It's like a gay bar, only with demons."
  • Cute Bruiser: A cute, somewhat demure girl whose a gifted fighter.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She has a sense of innocence and confusion about the whole affair at first.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Vi, in the TV series. In the comics they made her full name Violet and had her go by that, because comics are written in all caps and they didn't want readers thinking her name was "6".
  • Shrinking Violet: Stops being one after becoming a Slayer.

    Rona 

Rona

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"You sayin' I'm gonna get attacked again?"
Played By: Indigo

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


  • Action Girl: She's fairly competent by the finale and goes not to become a senior Slayer.
  • Black Dude Dies First: She was terrified of this being the case, and thinks it is why Spike went after her first on a training exercise. Luckily for her, she's Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • The Eeyore: Whenever she speaks, she's either grumbling or complaining about something.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She's very frusturated with her duties and situation as a slayer;
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There's no two ways about it: Rona is an asshole. But when the chips are down, she shows her bravery and spirit.
  • Only Sane Woman: Part of what makes her such a jerk is that she considered herself this, when she was far from it.
  • Refusal of the Call: She hated being called, but ultimately learned to embrace it.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Blunt, sarcastic, outspoken and somewhat tactless.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Doesn't matter how many times Buffy saves her life, Rona will still treat her with nothing less than pure hatred and disrespect; it's to the extent that when the Scoobies force Buffy out of the house in "Empty Places", Rona goes so far as to quip, "Ding dong, the witch is dead", prompting Dawn to threateningly shut her up.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In season 8, she reassigned Simone Doffler to Andrew's squad in Italy, hoping that a less urban setting would soften her "rough edges" (though Buffy saw it more as just Rona sick of dealing with Simone and "passing the buck" on to Andrew). Instead, Simone found Andrew so annoying that it cemented her decision to go rogue.

    Molly 

Molly

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"Crossbow! Gotta love it. Feels like I’m storming a castle."
Played By: Clara Bryant

One of the three original Potentials that Giles brings to Sunnydale with him. She speaks with a cockney accent and is pretty excited at the idea of becoming a Slayer. However she's killed by Caleb just before the Final Battle. Her death is one of many reasons people start questioning Buffy's leadership.

  • Big Eater: In the first two episodes, she mentions how "peckish" she is.
  • Big "NO!": Sadly for her, goes hand in hand with Famous Last Words.
  • Genki Girl: She's notably bright and chipper despite the situation.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In more than one eater.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after she sees fellow Potential Diane killed. This is what then allows Caleb to kill her too.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Averted. She's a Cockney in contrast to the posher Annabelle - but she's presented as the more heroic of the two.
  • Mauve Shirt: She's one of the first three Potentials brought into Sunnydale by Giles. She's given plenty of lines and screen time, all so her death in "Dirty Girls" has some meaning.
  • Plucky Girl: While not as gun-ho as Kennedy, she's a lot more willing to be a Slayer. Notably when Buffy's about to fight the Turok-Han in "Showtime", she wants to help.

    Amanda 

Amanda

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"If we don't save the world, then... nothing matters."
Played By: Sarah Hagan

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


  • Action Girl: Due to being a slayer. Even before joining Buffy, she showed a good deal more ability than the other Potentials who were actually receiving training. As pointed out by none other than Kennedy the rest of them had trouble fighting a vamp, Amanda took one out by herself.
  • Ascended Extra: First appeared as a girl getting advice from Buffy while she worked as a school counselor, but later revealed to be a Potential Slayer.
  • Bully Hunter: Oh yeah. She thought a boy liked her because he picked on her, so she ambushed him in the parking lot and attacked him to show that she liked him back.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Right before The Reveal that she's a slayer, she mentions that she's in Swing Chori, which involves choreography and is a bit in lien with the kind of combat skills Slayers practice.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She suggested letting a vampire attack the marching band because they picked on the swing choir (of which she was a member).
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Has her neck broken and is apparently killed with little fanfare during the climatic battle.
  • Jumped at the Call: Amanda was cautious but still pretty excited to be called as a Potential.
  • Neck Snap: A Turok-Han snaps her neck in the battle at the Hellmouth.
  • Not So Different: To Buffy, a long time Bully Hunter herself and as she discovers Amanda has to undergo counseling after attacking a boy picking on her. When she finds out The Slayer is asked whether to keep pounding on him: Buffy can only stammer as she struggles to keep from laughing.
  • Super Strength: After being made a Slayer.
  • Trademark Clothing: Maybe not a specific set of clothing, but a favorite kind of clothing. She's always seen with a t-shirt on.

    Chao-Ahn 

Chao-Ahn

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"I don't understand a word any of you are saying."
Played By: Kirsty Wu

    Chloe 

Chloe

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"Chloe loved Winnie the Pooh."
Played By: LaLaine

The Watcher's Council

    In General 

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  • Armchair Military: They believe themselves to be the ones actually fighting the good fight, and the Slayer just a tool.
  • Black and Grey Morality: They stand against the forces of evil and are certainly morally straighter than their foes, but employ harsh methods and their own conduct leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Black and White Insanity: They say all demons are evil. Of course, this is first disproved by the vampire with a soul Angel, and then the soulless vampire Spike, who actually goes and gets a soul for love. Not to mention Clem, a demon so non-evil that not only does Buffy trust him with Dawn, but Dawn is able to push him around (and he comes to Buffy's birthday party). Not to mention that the Slayers themselves have powers that are demonic in origin.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: What a good chunk of their power is. While the Watchers are versed in at least theoretical self-defense and magic, and have a good amount of resources regarding demonology, they have seemingly limitless pull within governments (Giles mentions that they could easily have him deported) and presumably vast sums of money, and they use all of the above to keep the Slayer and her Watcher in line. It takes Buffy making it abundantly clear that she has the actual power in the relationship to make them quit getting in her way.
  • The Remnant: After Caleb blows up the Watchers' Council on the First's orders, only a few scant survivors, like Giles, Wesley, and Wesley's parents, are left alive, with Giles also training Andrew as a Watcher; come the Season 8 comics, Giles states outright that for all intents and purposes, he is the Watchers' Council. By the time of the Fray comics 200 years later, all that's left of the Council is a few insane zealots, one of whom immolates himself in front of Fray after revealing her destiny. During Season 12, when the Scoobies briefly travel to the future and see how far the Council has fallen by that point, Giles and Andrew dedicate themselves to rebuilding it.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Near the end of Season 3, when Angel was poisoned by Faith, the Council flat-out refused to help Buffy cure him despite Angel possessing a soul on the grounds that he was a vampire, and helping vampires is against their policy; this is the final straw that leads Buffy to sever all ties with the Council.
  • We Have Reserves: Their attitude towards the Slayer. This is best shown with the Cruciamentum, a test every Slayer faces come their 18th birthday which involves them being Brought Down to Normal and facing a particularly dangerous vampire to see if they can defeat them using their wits. In fact, it's eventually revealed earlier that the Council prefers to lose Slayers at a relatively young age, as Slayers get more powerful the longer they are active, and they prefer young and naïve girls they can control, rather than strong and independent Slayers that may strain against their authority; in "Checkpoint," Buffy does exactly that once she realizes that the Council needs her more than she needs them, and thus, she can make them make them answer to her rather than the other way around.
    Travers: The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument with which we fight. The Council remains. The Slayers... change. It's been that way from the beginning.

    Travers 

Quentin Travers

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

A senior Watcher and later one of the last Directors of the Watcher's Council.


  • Armchair Military: Travers is so self-satisfied that he considers himself and the Watchers Council to be the ones fighting the war against evil, with the Slayer just being a tool. The reality is that the Watchers provide guidance and nothing more; they stay in their towers, often far from the fight, and let some poor girl do their fighting for them.
  • Asshole Victim: He's killed by Caleb's bomb; he was such an arse in every one of his appearances that it's hard to feel much sympathy.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Quentin rallies the Watcher's Council to fight the First Evil, seconds before a bomb goes off and kills off the entire Watchers Council.
  • Big Good: The closest thing the series has to one, for better or worse. For all their flaws, the Watcher's Council are a force for good in the world and he is treated as their face and highest authority; the critical guidance Buffy received from Giles would never have occurred without the council. He steps up in the seventh season to rally the council against the most threatening Big Bad in the series... and, if you've read to here, probably know how that turns out...
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's ostensibly on the side of good, but he's callous, manipulative and trapped in the past.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After Buffy makes it clear that she holds the power, not the Watcher's Council, he requests a glass from Giles' office bottle.
  • Jerkass: Stoical, callous and so mired in tradition that he has no consideration for the feelings of others. His dickery really cannot be underestimated; he looks down on Buffy and considers her little more than a tool that he wields from the comfort of his armchair, berating her while also being entirely out of touch with the realities she faces on the ground.
  • Lack of Empathy: Travers has very little regard for the father/daughter relationship between Buffy and Giles, describing it as "useless to the cause". He considers the emotional attachment to be a distraction and weakness. When his test goes wrong and Kralik kills his two men, Travers doesn't seem to care and simply states that the test can go ahead as planned.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Pretty much the way he is to Buffy and Giles until Season 7, where he was about to help them in the war against the First, before being killed. Prior to that, he was obstructive to the point of withholding vital information
  • Pet the Dog: A mild one, but after Buffy gives her "I have the power" speech, underlining that the Watchers exist to serve the Slayer, rather than the Slayer existing to serve the Council, because without the Slayer the Council has no meaning, he gives up the information that Buffy was looking for about Glory without complaint and reinstates Giles at her request.
  • Sedgwick Speech: He gives a rather impressive Rousing Speech to his fellow Watchers in the few seconds before he's killed.
    "Ladies and gentlemen, our fears have been confirmed. The First Evil has declared all-out war on this institution. Their first volleys proved most effective. I, for one, think it's time we struck back. Give me confirmations on all remaining operatives. Visuals and tacticals. Highest alert. Get them here as soon as possible. Begin preparations for mobilization. Once we're accounted for, I want to be ready to move. We'll be paying a visit to the Hellmouth. My friends, these are the times that define us. Proverbs 24:6. O, by wise council, you shall make your war."
  • Virtue Is Weakness: He considers Giles' parental love for Buffy to be a distraction and weakness, and fires him from the Watchers' Council for it.
  • We Have Reserves: His view on Slayers. The 'test' each Slayer is given that strips them of their powers shows just how expendable he considers them.

    The Shadow Men 

The Shadow Men

Played By: Geoffrey Kasule, Karara Muhoro, Daniel Wilson
Appear In: "Get It Done"
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"We cannot give you knowledge. Only power."

A trio of African shamans who created the first Slayer to combat the forces of evil and were the precursors to the Watchers Council.


  • Intelligible Unintelligible: When Buffy meets them, they only speak an unknown African language (subtitled, of course), but Buffy is somehow able to understand them perfectly.
  • Neglectful Precursors: Their descendants and apprentices would go on to form the Watchers Council. Good job on that one, guys.
  • Omniscient Morality License: They assume to have this, but Buffy isn't having any of it and calls them out.
    Buffy: I can't fight this. I know that now. But you guys? You're just men. Just the men who did this to her. Whoever that girl was before she was the First Slayer.
    Shadow Men: You don't understand.
    Buffy: No, you don't understand! You violated that girl, made her kill for you because you're weak, you're pathetic, and you obviously have nothing to show me.
  • Scary Black Man: African Wizards with a bit of creepiness and intimidation to them.
  • Squishy Wizard: It doesn't take much for Buffy to knock them on their keisters.

    Special Operations Team 

Weatherby, Collins & Smith

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"We go on a job we always put our affairs in order first. In case of accident."
Played By: Jeff Ricketts, Alastair Duncan, Kevin Owers

  • Blood Knight: Going after Faith is one thing, but Weatherby was all too willing to kill Angel, Wesley, and even Buffy as well. Unfortunately for him, all four are willing to fight back and are much better at it than his team.
  • Evil Wears Black: All three wear dark clothing, although Weatherby is the only truly evil one.
  • The Fundamentalist: Weatherby.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: They all wear leather jackets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Wesley incapacitates Weatherby with the syringe that the Special Ops Team had given him to subdue Faith.
  • Knight Templar: Weatherby, the most sadistic, is a true believer who is disgusted by the likes of Faith and Wesley who he believes have 'perverted' the Council.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: These three might not be the most threatening enemies in the world, but they're no push-overs either due to their determination. They're a far cry from the bumbling, bookish and out-of-touch Watchers often seen.
  • Professional Killers: They handle 'wetworks' for the Council and are perfectly willing to kill Faith.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Collins, who just wants to do his job and doesn't hold anything personal against Faith, the Scoobies or Angel Investigations.
  • Reading Your Rights: Attempted by Weatherby.
    Weatherby: By order of the Watcher's Council, you are being taken into custody until such time—
    Collins: Skip the speech.
  • Spiteful Spit: Weatherby spits in Faith/Buffy's face.
  • Token Good Teammate: While Weatherby is a creepy sadist and Collins is a ruthless professional, Smith is much more reluctant to get violent.
  • Trespassing to Talk: They break into Giles' home and lie in wait for him so they can have a chat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They disappear form the franchise after the end of the Faith-manhunt arc, and their fate later on, after much of the Council is defeated is less clear.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: They chew out Wesley for working with Angel, despite his unique circumstances.

    Lydia 

Lydia

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"I... wrote my thesis on you."
Played By: Cynthia Lamontagne

A high-ranking Watcher who usually accompanies Travers on high-profile missions.

  • Fangirl: Of Spike: she wrote her dissertation on him, and when she gets the chance to meet him in the flesh, she's noticeably excited. Spike himself is flattered.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Downplayed, but she comes across as more down-to-earth than Travers and is shown up to date on reports from around the world and reporting them to him during the First Evil crisis.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is much friendlier than the other Watchers, and voices legitimate concerns about Buffy's methodologies without being condescending or arrogant.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Looks noticeably cuter in her second appearance without her coat and a better hairstyle.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike Travers or the rest of the Watchers, she seems to have genuinely good intentions beyond putting Buffy under her thumb, and asks fair questions to Buffy, such as why a Slayer is letting her friends (who, in her eyes, are just normal young adults without knowing about Xander's experience, Anya's former demonhood, or Willow and Tara's magic) help with patrols while seeming to pay attention to and consider what the Scooby Gang says.
  • Uncertain Doom: She's present during Travers Let's Get Dangerous! speech, right before the Watcher Council's headquarters explodes, which (assuming the explosion took place immediately after Travers speech and before anyone had time to leave) would have almost certainly killed her. She was standing the closet to the door, but given the scope of the explosion that probably wouldn't have made a difference.

    Gwendolyn Post 

Mrs. Gwendolyn Post

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"Faith, word of advice: you're an idiot."
Appears In: "Revelations"

A former Watcher supposedly sent by the Watchers Council to train Faith Lehane and also report on the performance of Rupert Giles.


  • Consummate Liar: From the second she appears, she lies with fluid ease and fools absolutely everyone.
  • Evil Brit: After she shows her true colors.
  • Evil Mentor: To Faith, who she manipulates by providing a harsh mother figure.
  • False Friend: To the Scoobies, in particular Giles and Faith.
  • Ice Queen: Strangely, she's this until she shows her true colours. Then she becomes very hammy and emotional.
  • Insufferable Genius: She's very assured of her own intelligence.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: When Post appears, she's over-critical, needlessly sarcastic and treats everyone around her like a particularly distasteful crumpet covered in urine. Then she seems to bond a little with Faith, and shows a softer side to Giles in a moment bordering on Ship Tease. It's entirely possible that she's just a Sink-or-Swim Mentor and Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Then it turns out she's evil.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tricks Faith into helping her with her objective, while pretending it's all a sanctioned mission.
  • Psycho Electro: When she gets the magic glove she's after.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in one episode, but she drives a huge wedge between Faith and the Scoobies, re-enforcing her isolation from anyone who could help her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her betrayal of Faith was a contributing factor in the latter's journey to the Dark Side. Granted, Wesley attempting to have Faith turned over to the Watcher's Council was the last straw, but Post earning Faith's trust and then calling her an idiot still helped influence Faith's decision to become evil.
  • Wicked Cultured: Due to being a Watcher.

    Merrick 

Merrick Jamison-Smythe

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"Your destiny awaits."
Played By: Donald Sutherland & Richard Riehle

A member of the Watchers Council and the first Watcher of the Slayer Buffy Summers. Merrick died in 1996 shortly after meeting Buffy when he committed suicide to protect her from the vampire Lothos.


  • Dark and Troubled Past: He trained five Slayers in his lifetime, all of whom he saw "ripped apart" by the dark forces they were destined to combat. Two of them were killed by the powerful vampire Lothos.
  • Demoted to Extra: His movie counterpart is practically the Big Good, and Buffy's main mentor, while Giles gets those roles in the show and Merrick is a bit character.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the movie, he was killed by Lothos. In the series and The Origin comic, he killed himself to prevent himself from becoming a vampire.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the comic, he kills himself before Lothos can turn him and force him into giving out Buffy's location.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Merrick's justification for throwing a knife at Buffy to reveal her as The Chosen One. (Buffy easily catches the weapon, but she's still mad.)
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the movie, Lothos stabs him with his own stake.
  • Reincarnation: In the movie he is reincarnated every time he dies and has to live the same life and train a new Slayer. This is not the case in the show.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His father (a Watcher himself) taught him "a lot of subtleties the Council never bothered with" regarding training, legends, and research. In the movie, as he's dying he tells Buffy to do things her own way rather than live by others' rules.

     Robson 
Played By: Rob Nagle
An old friend of Giles and the Watcher for a potential Slayer in London.
  • Badass Bookworm: Does;t hesitate to trade blows with an assassin who just killed his Slayer.
  • Failure Hero: His charge is killed, and he fails to stop her assassins.
  • Made of Iron: He survives several stab wounds.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the better watchers, although a fairly low-ranking one.
  • Unluckily Lucky: His being injured by the First Evil's Bringer likely saves his life, due to many of the other watchers stationed in London being blown up at a meeting in the next episode.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Warns this after being found wounded by Giles he warns of the need to prepare the Slayers for the coming war.
    Robson: It's started. Gather them.

     Nigel 
Played By: Kris Iyer
One of Travers' senior Watchers.
  • Armchair Military: Takes after Travers a fair bit.
  • British Stuffiness: He shows a bit of this, and declares Buffy's attempt to assert herself as "Beyond insolence" before shutting up when she throws a sword in his direction.
  • Butt-Monkey: A practice dummy gets knocked over onto him during Buffys' training session, she throws a sword into the wall next to him when he's interrupting her and his patience is clearly tried a bit while sitting through an interview with Willow and Tara.
  • Jerkass: He's better than Travers but has an air of condescension to him.
  • Killed Offscreen: He's blown up along with the others at the Watchers headquarters.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Downplayed, but he says a nervous, "Sir?" when Travers announces that they're heading to the Hellmouth in Season 7.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Willow and Tara think he's inquisitively asking about their romantic status when really he means their relationship with Buffy.
  • Token Minority: He's Indian, and the only prominent non-white Watcher in the show.

     Phillip 
Played By: Oliver Muirhead
A high-ranking Watcher often accompanying Travers.
  • The Comically Serious: As he interviews Xander and Anya with a deadpan expression.
  • Badass Mustache: He has a mustache in his second appearance, during which he comes across as more informed and diligent than before.
  • Bearer of Bad News: In season 7, he's seen urgently reporting the various attacks of the First Evil to Travers.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He attacks a blindfolded Buffy with a practice axe while Travers barks her orders in languages she can't understand. Once Buffy adjusts herself though and starts attacking through instincts, Phillip ends up knocked to the ground with a broken rib.
  • Uncertain Doom: During the explosion of the Watchers headquarters.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't hesitate to strike Buffy in the face during the combat testing.

     Mr. Zabuto 
Kendra's Watcher
  • Canon Immigrant: Gets to appear in person during the Reboot comic.
  • Foil: To Giles, taking a more direct, and arguably tyrannical role in the life of his slayer practically since she was born.
  • The Ghost: Kendra talks about him a lot and Giles talks to him on the phone a few times but he never actually appears.
  • The Handler: Acts this way, providing logistics for Kendra and sending her to Sunnydale in the first place.
  • In the Blood: Apparently comes from a long line of Watchers.
  • Pet the Dog: He did give Kendra a picture of her parents.
  • Training from Hell: Took Kendra away from her family and had her spend all her time studying demon hunting since she was a baby, while to giving her a social life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His reaction to Kendra's death, future activities, and exact fate during the Watcher Council's war with the First Evil (although members of his family were targeted) aren't shown.

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