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Professor Maggie Walsh
"It's only our methods that differ."
Played By: Lindsay Crouse

"I'm Professor Walsh. Those of you who fall into my good graces will come to know me as Maggie. Those of you who don't will come to know me by the nickname my T.A.s use and think I don't know about: the Evil Bitch-Monster of Death."

Professor Maggie Walsh was a UC Sunnydale professor, teaching Introduction to Psychology, and Director of The Initiative. She was also the mentor of Riley Finn, who served as her Teaching Assistant, and the creator of Adam.

  • Death by Irony: She's talking about taking down Buffy when she least expects it...and is suddenly killed in the way she least expects.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Walsh has a dry sense of humor that Buffy doesn't always get simply due to her deadpan she is.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Walsh recurs pretty heavily for the first half of Season 4; she's presented as the Director of the Initiative, she's shown to have sinister goals and becomes an increasingly potent threat. However, just as she seems to solidify her status as Big Bad by declaring war on Buffy, she's killed by Adam.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She created Adam as a prototype for an entire race of cybernetically-enhanced human/demon Frankenstein Super Soldiers. Within minutes of activation, Adam kills Walsh and seizes control of her plans. The US government themselves come to this conclusion by "Primeval."
    Mr. Ward: Maggie Walsh's vision was brilliant, but ultimately insupportable. The demons cannot be harnessed, cannot be controlled.
  • Evil Mentor: To Riley Finn. She was carefully manipulating him into becoming her right-hand man, considering him her favorite.
  • For the Greater Good: Her claimed motivation for ordering Buffy's death, but it's due to jealousy of her relationship with Riley more than anything.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Murdered by Adam, her favorite creation.
  • It's All About Me: Despite the fact that Buffy clearly showed her skills and experience at hunting demons, Walsh tried to have Buffy killed just because she recognised that Buffy wouldn't do things her way.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In the middle of a rant about how she'll take down Buffy, Adam skewers her from behind for no reason.
    "All right, fine. If she wants a fight, we'll give her one. Won't we, Adam? I've worked too long, too long to let some little bitch threaten this project. Threaten me. She has no idea who she's dealing with. Once she's gone, Riley will come around. He'll understand. It's for the greater good. He'll see that. And if he doesn't...Well, first things first. Remove the complication, and when she least expects it—"
  • Mad Scientist: Somehow, she came to the conclusion that creating a virtually unstoppable Mix-and-Match Man composed of human, demon and machine parts was a good idea.
  • Motherly Scientist: Head scientist of the Initiative and creator of Adam, who certainly considers her a mother.
  • Oedipus Complex: Inverted. Part of what spurs her to try and kill Buffy is watching in jealousy as the two have sex.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Adam brought her back as little more than one, to help with his Evil Plan.
  • Parental Substitute: She acts as a surrogate mother to Riley and Adam; the latter even refers to her as "mother."
  • Red Baron: The Evil Bitch Monster of Death!
  • Sinister Surveillance: She jealously watches Riley and Buffy have sex on multiple screens.
  • Stern Teacher: She makes this very clear in her first scene.
    "I'm Professor Walsh. Those of you who fall under my good graces will come to know me as Maggie. Those of you who don't will come to know me by the name my TA's use and think I don't know about, 'The Evil Bitch Monster of Death.'"
  • Underestimating Badassery: Prior to meeting Buffy, the Initiative thought that the Slayer was a myth. As a result, Walsh thinks that sending Buffy off against a demon with a defective weapon will be enough to kill her. Instead, Buffy defeats the demon and calls Walsh back to taunt her over a public broadcast just as Walsh was informing Riley of Buffy's "death".
  • You Got Spunk!: Her response to Buffy telling her off in "The Initiative" is "I like her."


Forrest Gates
"We take care of our own."
Played By: Leonard Roberts

"This is the burden we bear, brother. We have a gig that would inevitably cause any girl living to think we are cool upon cool. Yet, we must Clark Kent our way through the dating scene, never to use our unfair advantage. Thank God we're pretty."

A friend of Riley Finn and member of the Initiative. Like his teammates Riley and Graham, Forrest leads a double life, balancing his military service with his cover as a student at UC Sunnydale. He is the quintessential rule-following soldier, and while initially he likes Buffy and encourages Riley to pursue a relationship with her, her effect on Riley makes him angry and suspicious of her motives.

  • Attack Backfire: He tasers Adam, only for the Demonoid to absorb the energy with a polite 'thank you'.
  • Back from the Dead: Forrest is killed by Adam, but he's resurrected with additional demon parts and placed under Adam's control.
  • Bald of Evil: After being transformed.
  • Came Back Strong: Forrest was tough before, but with Adam's upgrades he becomes exceptionally powerful.
  • Came Back Wrong: The resurrected Forrest is not the same Forrest as before; the human Forrest would have hated the idea of working for Adam or being augmented with demon parts, and wouldn't have turned on Riley. Adam's control is a terrible thing.
  • Death by Looking Up: He sees too late that Riley threw him a tank of flammable gas.
  • Degraded Boss: His cyborg self is reduced to a type of mook in the game Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.
  • The Dragon: To Adam in the Season 4 finale.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Riley; they were both good soldiers who were well-respected within the Initiative, but Riley grew to see that Just Following Orders led to dark places. Forrest remained loyal to the bitter end, and his blind obedience cost him dearly.
  • Eye Scream: Spike put out one of Forrest's eyes with a cigarette.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was more Knight Templar when he was still a "good guy."
  • Fantastic Racism: It doesn't much matter to Forrest whether a demon is good or evil, he'll kill it just for being inhuman. As he puts it:
    Forrest: I see a demon, it dies. End of story.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Despite being a good friend of Riley and Graham, neither seem to mourn him Forrest after he had been turned into a cyborg and had to be killed by Riley.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: After Maggie's death, he becomes increasingly violent and angry, becoming every bit as bad as the supposedly evil demons he fights. Adam eventually turns him into a literal monster, and in a subtle twist he can't question orders...not that he ever did when he was human.
  • Hot-Blooded: As seen by his Tantrum Throwing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Adam impales him on his Polgara skewer.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Forrest blatantly ignores or excuses all of the Initiative and Maggie Walsh's horrible acts, such as trying to kill Buffy, secretly drugging their troops and creating Adam, while blaming Buffy for everything they did wrong.
  • Knight Templar: Forrest is a fervent believer in the Initiative and Maggie Walsh in particular. He never questions orders and easily excuses even the most morally questionable aspects of the Initiative.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: What Adam turns him into.
  • Playing with Syringes: Adam turns him into a duplicate of himself.
  • Reforged into a Minion: After he's killed, Adam augments his body with demon parts to turn him into a last-minute dragon.
  • Scary Black Man: He shows some slight hints of this, but becomes this fully after Adam turns him into a Mix-and-Match Man. Of course, it can be debated whether or not he's still a man after this.
  • Super Serum: Like the other Initiative soldiers, he's routinely drugged with 'vitamins' that increase his physical prowess.
  • Super Soldier: Due to the Super Serum the Initiative was drugging him with.
  • Super Strength: Pre- and post-transformation.
  • Tantrum Throwing: When he and Graham don't find the Polgara, he shows his blatant hatred of demons and smashes Spike's TV out of pure rage.
  • Those Two Guys: Initially with Riley, but as they grow apart he becomes this with Graham.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Forrest was fun, snarky and a loyal friend to Riley but after Walsh's death he becomes increasingly angry.


Graham Miller
"Maybe she's Canadian."
Played By: Bailey Chase

A friend of Riley Finn and member of the Initiative. He is played by Bailey Chase. Like his teammates Riley and Forrest, Graham leads a double life, balancing his military service with his cover as a student at UC Sunnydale. Whereas Forrest is a rather brash person, Graham is more calm and collected.

  • Token Good Teammate: He lacks the conflict of Riley or the Hot-Blooded ruthlessness of Forrest, managing to be a good example of a professional soldier.
  • The Stoic: Graham is generally straight-faced and laid back at all times.


Colonel McNamara
"I know everything that goes on around here. A tick on a mouse couldn't get in without my knowing it. And if Adam wants to try, we're ready for him."
Played By: Conor O'Farrell

The United States Army officer appointed by Mr. Ward and the Pentagon to oversee The Initiative.

  • Asshole Victim: He ends up as chow for the demons Adam unleashed.
  • Colonel Badass: Major dick though he may be, McNamara didn't hesitate to pick up a weapon and fight alongside his men.
  • Jerkass: Bull-headed, sexist, irritable, grumpy, trigger-happy. That's Colonel McNamara.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: After the deaths of Walsh and Angleman, McNamara arrives to take control. Of course, Walsh and Angleman were worse tyrants than him, so this is subverted. McNamara might be a jerk of titanic proportions, but he doesn't try to kill his own people.


Dr. Francis Angleman
"Adam. Maggie would want you to stand down."
Played By: Jack Stehlin

A scientist at The Initiative and one of the few, perhaps the only one besides Maggie Walsh, aware of the 314 Project.

  • Back from the Dead: Adam resurrects him as a largely brainless henchman.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Adam, with his trademark skewer.
  • Mad Scientist: When you think it's a good idea to piece together a monster from human, demon and machine parts it's likely you aren't playing with a full deck.
  • Meaningful Name: Angleman is just about the Pig Latin of Mengele, the Nazi "scientist" who experimented on the victims of concentration camps.

The Knights of Byzantium


General Gregor
"You've no idea what you've gotten yourself into."
Played By: Wade Williams

"Dissension in the ranks. Seldom a harbinger of glad tidings."

The leader of the Knights of Byzantium.

  • The Corrupter: Gregor tries to convince Ben to kill Dawn, and although he fails, he does give a convincing argument.
    " Unimaginable legions will perish, including everyone here. You can stop this. You can save all their lives by ending one. The little girl. The Key. Destroy it, and the will of the Beast will be broken, she will fade. A distant memory...and all of this madness will end."
  • Facial Markings: Like many of the other Knights, he has intricate tattoos marking his face.
  • A Father to His Men: Gregor truly does care for his men; when Orlando's sanity is sucked out by Glory, he has him rescued and returned to the fold. He treats Orlando warmly with some sadness at his mental illness, instructing his men to make sure he's comfortable while swearing revenge.
    Gregor: Welcome home, Orlando. I swear by my sword your sacrifice will not go unavenged.
    Orlando: [playing with Gregor's medallion] Shiny.
    Gregor: [beat] Yes, I suppose it is.
  • The Fundamentalist: Like the rest of the Knights, he's a religious fanatic who claims to perform the will of God.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's the general of the Knights of Byzantium, and is a more than competent fighter. Of course, being human, he's no match for Buffy or Glory.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a very foreboding, deep scar down the side of his face.
  • Knight Templar: Gregor is a devout believer in his cause. He refuses to let anyone get in the way of his righteous crusade.
  • Mr. Exposition: While held hostage by the Scoobies, he helpfully fills in the blanks about Glory, where she came from, what she's trying to do, what the key does and what will happen if Glory is successful.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's perfectly willing to murder innocents, but only to prevent Glory from opening the portal to her home dimension and thus dooming reality itself.


"Shall we test your faith now?"
Played By: Justin Gorence

A member of the Knights of Byzantium.

  • Fate Worse than Death: He was prepared to die...but he wasn't prepared for Glory to destroy the person he was by sucking out his sanity.
  • Knight Templar: Orlando is entirely willing to kill or die to stop Glory.
  • Mercy Kill: He's killed by Dante so that he will not become another slave to Glory. Considering he had dedicated his life to stopping Glory and more than once expressed his willingness to die for his cause, it's likely what he would have wanted.


Dante Chavalier
"There's nothing to fear, my brother. The Beast may have taken your mind, but I swear to you... she will never know the taste of your heart."
Played By: Karim Prince

A member of the Knights of Byzantium.

  • Mercy Kill: He tearfully kills Orlando to prevent him from becoming another one of Glory's slaves.
    "There's nothing to fear, my brother. The Beast may have taken your mind, but I swear to you, she will never know the taste of your heart."

Other Characters


Oliver Pike
"Buffy, you're the guy. You're the Chosen guy."
Played By: Luke Perry

A troublemaker at Buffy's old school in Los Angeles, and a former lover.


"I work in mysterious ways. Also some fairly straight-forward ones."
Played By: Nathan Fillion

"You girls are just burning with righteousness, aren't you? Problem is, you think they're blazing like suns, when really you're matchsticks in the face of the darkness."

Caleb was a misogynistic defrocked preacher and serial killer who served the First Evil as its leading enforcer during its crusade in 2002-2003 to end the Slayerline.

  • Ax-Crazy: Is a violent sadist that happily partakes in wanton torture and murder with nothing but fondness.
  • Badass Preacher: Despite his choice of clothing, Caleb is no longer a priest. However, he is a spiritual leader among the Bringers due to his chosen status as the First's vessel and his talent at public speaking.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: A temporary side effect of merging with the First. His eyes also become pitch black when he's badly wounded.
  • Blood Knight: When he fights, he's usually laughing in glee and smiling wide.
  • Christianity is Catholic: He dresses like a Catholic priest, though there are a few protesant denominations (and Caleb's southern accent leans that direction) that share that garb.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Caleb faces off with the entire Scooby Gang, all the Potentials and Faith. He demolishes them all with minimal effort and a smile on his face.
  • The Dragon: He didn't emerge until the second half of Season 7, but it became clear he was the First's right-hand man for a long time. The First can't touch anyone or really do much of anything besides a good verbal Mind Rape. As a result, Caleb does the heavy lifting and much of what takes place in Season 7 is due to him working behind the scenes until his first physical appearance. He organized the Harbingers into systematically eliminating the Potential Slayers around the world, he was responsible for the destruction of the Council in England and he arranged for an inmate to target Faith while she was in prison.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He rescues a Potential from the Bringers, posing as a good Samaritan, then slowly reveals his true colors, stabs the girl in the stomach, and leaves her on the side of the road to bleed. When talking about this to Buffy later on, Caleb complains that the girl's blood ruined his floor mats.
  • Expy: Of Reverend Harry Powell, minus the greed.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Buffy cuts him in half. From the groin upwards.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Caleb presents himself with a polite, disarming demeanor but his folksy mannerisms and downhome accent are fooling nobody. He's more of a monster than most monsters.
  • Fusion Dance: He does one with The First to gain a small portion of it's power, hence his incredible strength.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Heck, his evil lair is a wine cellar!
  • Groin Attack: He gets the mother of all Groin Attacks.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Buffy bisects him from the crotch up. Ouch.
    Angel: All right, where is he?
    Buffy: [indicates Caleb's severed halves] He had to split.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Caleb is a raging misogynist who sees all women as corrupt whores, frequently voicing his hatred of and disgust for women. He considers Buffy and the other Slayers to be a blasphemy because they are girls with Super Strength.
  • Hero Killer: In his debut episode, he kills the Potentials Diane and Molly, breaks Rona's arm, tosses Buffy, Faith, and Spike around like they're nothing, and blinds Xander in one eye by jamming his finger into it. Earlier in the same episode, it's established that he was the one who blew up the Watchers Council at the end of "Never Leave Me".
  • Holier Than Thou: Caleb considers women to be lower than dirt, and himself to be above them as a matter of fact. The existence of Slayers, women with great power, is especially galling for him.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Even before joining up with the First, he was a He-Man Woman Hater and Serial Killer responsible for the deaths of at least two girls. The fact that he, a human, serves as Dragon to the Ultimate Evil of the Buffyverse speaks volumes for just how monstrous Caleb really is.
  • Humanoid Abomination: After merging with the first.
  • Implacable Man: After Glory, he's the most physically powerful villain the gang faces.
  • Karmic Death: Caleb is split in half by Buffy, neutering him in the process. It's fitting for such a misogynist.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    Caleb: You'll never stop me! You don't have the b-! [Buffy slams the Scythe into his crotch]
  • Large Ham: Due to his background as a preacher, Caleb tends towards long sermons and quasi-Biblical quotes. He loves the sound of his own voice.
  • Neck Snap: He seems to enjoy killing people this way, doing it both to a Potential and to the Hellmouth's Guardian.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Buffy might have never gained the scythe that she eventually killed Caleb with if he hadn't dug it up in the first place, for the purpose of keeping it from her. Really, all he did was help her out.
  • Nothing Personal: A really horrific version of the trope. He's so deeply misogynist that he hates all women impersonally. They're all filthy sluts that need to be "cleansed". The vampire big bads kill everything because of Horror Hunger. The Mayor didn't really want to kill at all, only had to because he was on a quest for personal power. Adam was programmed to create an army and didn't really have a choice. Glory didn't care, she just wanted to get back to her hell dimension. The nerds didn't even really want to kill. Caleb wants to kill women. Young women.
  • Offhand Backhand: A Potential swings a sword at him from behind, only for him to block it without looking and subsequently kill her.
  • Oh, Crap!: He begins taunting Buffy, daring her to try to pull the scythe from its pedestal. Once she does without any trouble, he immediately shuts up and visibly freaks out.
    Caleb: You don't know what you got there.
    Buffy: I know you're backing away.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Women stir his rage and terrify him at the same time.
    "Now, I know what you're thinking. Crazy preacher man spoutin' off at the mouth about the whore of Babylon or some-such. That ain't me. I'm not here to lecture you. I mean, what's the point? My words just curdle in your ears. Wouldn't take in a thing. Head's filled with so much filth that ain't no room for words of truth. Well, you know what you are, Shannon? Dirty...Now, now, now. There's no blame here. You were born dirty, born without a soul. Born with that gaping maw wants to open up, suck out a man's marrow. Makes me puke to think too hard on it."
  • Psycho Supporter: Of the First, whom he basically sees as bigger than God.
  • Reminiscing About Your Victims: As is fitting for such a deeply creepy man, Caleb spends his spare time roleplaying his past murders with the First.
  • Rousing Speech: He's very good at giving evil sermons.
    "Now, it's a simple story. Stop me if you've heard it. I have found and truly believe that there is nothing so bad it cannot be made better with a story. And this one's got a happy ending. There once was a woman, and she was foul, like all women, for Adam's rib was dirty, just like Adam himself for what was he, but human? But this woman, she was filled with darkness, despair, and why? Because she did not know. She could not see. She didn't know the good news, the glory that was coming. That'd be you. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. You show up, they'll get in line. 'Cause they followed her. And all they have to do is take one more step, and I'll kill them all. See? I told you it had a happy ending."
    "You're everywhere. You're in the hearts of little children. You're in the souls of the rich. You're the fire that makes people kill and hate. The fire that will cure the world of weakness. They're just sinners. You are sin."
  • Sadist: Caleb takes genuine pleasure in the suffering of others, especially women.
  • Serial Killer: Prior to becoming the right-hand man of the First Evil, he was responsible for the deaths of at least two girls, whom he lured with his stirring sermons and masculine charm. One of these was Betty; the second girl was apparently a choir girl in Knoxville. However, the First referred as well to "all these girls" who followed him, implying many more were killed.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Everything he hates about women, young women, is sexual. Particularly "the nothing" they got that devours a man.
  • Sexy Priest: His good looks and natural charisma are how he lured his victims in originally.
  • Sinister Minister: A psychotic misogynist and serial killer who used his sermons to lure impressionable young women to him and then brutally murder them. This was before he became The Dragon for the First Evil, who granted him super-strength and an army, then tasked him with massacring the Slayer Potentials and the Watchers. He took to his mission with sadistic glee, reciting twisted prayers and Biblical references as he casually broke arms, snapped necks, and put out eyes. Caleb was, bar none, the single vilest villain in the canon, even surpassing Angelus in depravity and pure hatred.
    • Joss Whedon defended himself from backlash by pointing out that the Church had kicked Caleb out.
    • And for those who would doubt the above statement about Caleb being worse than Angelus, bear in mind that Angelus is a vampire. He has no soul whereas Caleb has no such excuse for his evil. Angelus killed for the kill, for the cruelty and artistry of it; Angel is unaffected by a Hate Plague because there was never any hate in either Liam or Angelus. Caleb kills because because he hates women.
  • Smug Super: Caleb is shamelessly confident in his superiority over his enemies, and he has the power to back it up.
  • The Sociopath: One of the most blatant examples in the series. Caleb is sadistic, cruel, self-important, superficially charming, and, although he hides it pretty well, he has a very short fuse.
  • Super Strength: He's able to shatter solid concrete with his bare hands, snap people's necks with ease and send an opponent flying dozens of feet with a single blow.
  • Super Toughness: His empowerment also allowed him with superhuman durability which borders on near invulnerability. It allows him to survive lethal injuries, as demonstrated when he revived after being severely wounded with the Scythe. Because of how powerful he was, it took cutting him in half to kill him completely.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Buffy guts him with the scythe. He gets back up, eyes streaming black ichor, growling "That all you got, bitch?"... then Buffy gives him the julienne.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Buffy gets the scythe, he shows fear and is later outraged by his own failure. After being mortally wounded by Buffy, he practically starts frothing at the mouth in disbelief and anger. He also had an off-screen breakdown at a Monastery; after not finding what he wanted, he became upset and killed everyone there.
    Priest: He was going on about this ancient inscription. [...] He read it and he didn't like what it said. His temper...He was the purest evil I've ever seen. He burned his mark upon me. And then I ran and I hid and I listened to the others die.
  • The Worf Effect: In his first appearance he kills two Potentials and seriously injures another, breaks Rona's arm, takes out Xander's eye, and effortlessly defeats Buffy, Spike, and Faith in combat. Hell of an introduction.


Ethan Rayne
"I've got to learn to just do the damage and leave town. It's the stay-'n-gloat gets me every time."
Played By: Robin Sachs

Ethan Rayne was a very skilled chaos-worshipping wizard from Rupert Giles' troubled past, an enemy of the Scooby Gang, and a magical subcontractor who performed odd jobs for demons and humans alike either for money or his own pleasure.

  • Affably Evil: He might be a bastard, but Ethan is also charming, witty and a tad self-deprecating. He's upfront about his evil and is generally pretty honest about his intentions.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With The First Evil in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds; an odd example, as the Scoobies are technically working with him, as he chose them to be his competitors in a contest he challenged The First Evil to.
  • The Barnum: A trickster by nature, Ethan tends to sell people their tricks.
    Ethan: Meet the hidden princess. I think we've found a match, don't you?
    Buffy: Oh, uh I'm sorry. There's no way I could ever afford this.
    Ethan: Oh, nonsense. I feel quite moved to make you a deal you can't refuse.
  • Chaos Is Evil: He worships chaos, and enjoys causing trouble for the sake of it.
    Ethan: Chaos. I remain, as ever, thy faithful, degenerate son.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Part of why he's so loved by fans is his wonderfully dark sense of humor.
    "Now, this may sting a little, just at first. But, don't worry, that'll go away once the searing pain kicks in."

    Buffy: You sold me that dress for Halloween and nearly got us all killed.
    Ethan: But you looked great.
  • Dirty Coward: Ethan is not a man of great courage. He runs when things don't go his way, is perfectly willing to let others die so he can live, isn't above begging for his life or selling out allies and at one point he literally hides behind Buffy.
    Buffy: [pulling Ethan out of his hiding place] Look. A box full of farm-fresh chicken.
  • Dirty Old Man: While having a drunken night out with Giles, he gives his number to a much younger (and disinterested) waitress.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Season 8, when he's killed by General Voll and then ceases to be acknowledged in any significant way.
  • Enemy Mine: With Buffy in Season 8, when he wants to help her succeed against their common enemy.
  • Evil Brit: Due to being an Evil Counterpart of Giles.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Giles. Both were troubled youths who got deeply involved with dark magics; whereas Giles went on to make something of himself and tried to put his past behind him, Ethan sank even deeper and began to worship chaos.
  • Evil Former Friend: For Giles, although Ethan was still pretty evil when he and Giles were close. It's just that Giles cleaned up his act, while Ethan went in the opposite direction.
  • Evil Gloating: Ethan loves to lord his successes over others, inevitably meaning those successes are fleeting. He does realize this, but can't help himself.
    "I've really got to learn to just do the damage and get out of town. It's the "stay and gloat" - gets me every time."
  • Evil Sorcerer: Ethan is an experienced sorceror, and his power comes from his magical ability.
  • For the Evulz: He's a worshipper of chaos, and freely admits that he just likes to turn up and do damage for the sheer entertainment value.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Ethan and Giles get drunk together when he turns up back in town.
  • Grave Robbing: A possessed, zombified Ethan steals Giles' body from his grave so Eyghon can make a puppet of him too.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He knew he was going to die when he helped Buffy.
  • Laughably Evil: When Ethan shows up, complete chaos ensues. Wacky, hilarious chaos. Even Spike can't help but be impressed by his antics.
  • My Nayme Is: Ethan Rayne.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Gets a cameo in Angel & Faith as a zombie puppet of Eyghon, who stole both his and Giles' souls after they died. Other than the bullet hole in his forehead he looks completely normal. Turns out Eyghon possessed Ethan's body immediately after he died, put a hat on to hide the bullet hole and strolled out to freedom all normal-like. Once Eyghon is killed, Ethan returns to being a corpse (although one presumes his soul is now free to move on).
  • Put on a Bus: He's eventually arrested by the Initiative to be rehabilitated.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His final act in life is helping Buffy.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In his interactions with Giles.
    Giles: It's sick, brutal, and it harms the innocent.
    Ethan: And we all know you are the champion of innocence and all things pure and good, Rupert. It's quite a little act you've got here.
    Giles: It's no act. It's who I am.
    Ethan: Who you are? The Watcher? Snivelling, tweed-clad guardian of the Slayer and her kin? I think not. I know who you are, Rupert, and I know what you're capable of. But they don't, do they? They have no idea where you come from.
  • Squishy Wizard: Ethan is a powerful sorcerer, but his abilities lie in ritual spells. He can't (or doesn't) use magic offensively and he's otherwise an inept fighter who relies on sneak attacks. Both Buffy and Giles beat him up with ease.
  • Villain Ball: By his own admission, he just can't stop himself from hanging around and indulging in Evil Gloating whenever he pulls off one of his schemes, which always gives Buffy and co. enough time to track him down and put a stop to it.
    Ethan: I've gotta learn to just do the damage and leave town. It's the stay and gloat that gets me every time.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Giles.
    Ethan: We used to be friends, Ripper. When did all that fall apart?
    Giles: About the same time you started to worship chaos.
    Ethan: Oh, religious intolerance. Sad, that. I mean, just look at the Irish Troubles.


Hank Summers
"At least when she was burning stuff down, I knew what to say."
Played By: Dean Butler

Hank Summers was the father of Buffy and Dawn Summers and the ex-husband of Joyce Summers.

  • Amicable Exes: We're never given an opportunity to see him and Joyce as anything but this. The only fight that we see between the two is during a flashback from when they were still married, and the two are extremely cordial in Hank's few appearances in the show. And while Season 3 begins the trend of underlining some of Hank's less than virtuous features, Joyce still speaks fondly of him as late as Season 4's "Fear Itself", even reassuring Buffy that her father loved her very much. It's only really after Joyce's death that his status as a deadbeat is fully implemented. Even in the alternate hallucinatory scenario presented in "Normal Again" (which takes place late in Season 6), it's implied that this version of Joyce and Hank remained together or at the very least were unified in trying to help Buffy with her mental health, and they're shown consoling each other after Buffy leaves them and returns to her own reality (thereby killing the version of her in their world).
  • Characterization Marches On: Outside of Buffy's bad dream turned reality in "Nightmares", he seemed like a decent enough guy before turning into a zero responsibility zone offscreen. Granted, his actual screentime was minimal.
  • Disappeared Dad: The start of a trend in the series.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Season 6 confirms that if he knew Dawn had no guardian then he would return to Sunnydale to pick her up and bring her into his new life. Dawn doesn't want that, however, because he left in the first place.
  • Foreshadowing: Became the person in Buffy's nightmare in "Nightmares".
  • For Want of a Nail: It's implied that Buffy becoming the Slayer ruined his and Joyce's marriage because he couldn't handle the stress and danger. He only starts being a Disappeared Dad after Buffy gets expelled and runs away for the summer, failing to pick her up to see an ice show on her eighteenth birthday. Joss Whedon confirmed that his alternate self in "Normal Again" is at least part of a parallel timeline where Buffy had no powers and instead developed an Ambiguous Disorder with hallucinations, so he would have stayed together with Joyce if only to help his daughter with her mental illness.
  • The Ghost: After Season 2, the exceptions being "The Weight of the World" (in a flashback) and "Normal Again" (in the Cuckoo Nest). He finally returns in the comics for a brief reunion.
  • Jerkass: Hank gradually cuts his daughters out of his life, not bothering to even pick up the phone after Joyce dies and essentially disappears. He finally comes to see them in the let them know he's getting remarried and Buffy is not invited to the wedding since his fiance sees her as a danger magnet. To Dawn and Buffy's faces.
  • Sexy Secretary: Apparently ran off with one.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: "Nightmares", although it isn't actually him.


Enyos of the Kalderash
"This is not justice that we serve. It is Vengeance."

A member of the Clan Kalderash, the romani clan that cursed Angel with his soul and the uncle of Jenny Calendar.

  • Asshole Victim: He's a dick, no doubt about it. Still, the way Angelus kills him is very gruesome.
  • Best Served Cold: Enyos holds a grudge against Angel for his crimes committed generations ago, long before Enyos himself was born.
    "To the modern man, vengeance is a verb, an idea. Payback. One thing for another. Like commerce. Not with us. Vengeance is a living thing. It passes through generations. It commands. It kills."
  • Jerkass: He's a blunt, harsh man who blatantly doesn't care if Angel is making a difference in the fight against evil, expressly wanting Angel to suffer and keep on suffering for his century-old crime against the Kalderash. When Angel loses his soul, Enyos is quite pleased by the idea that this will likely force Buffy to kill him, showing no regard for Buffy's feelings or for the people Angelus would doubtlessly torture and kill in the meantime.
  • Karmic Death: When Angelus returned, Enyos was quite happy because it would mean that Buffy would be forced to kill him. He didn't care about all the people that Angelus would butcher his way through in the's somewhat fitting that he would become one of the first victims.
  • Knight Templar: Nothing will cause him to stray from his chosen path, not even the deaths of innocents. He's fiercely dedicated to his own cause and is a staunch traditionalist.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He never bothered to inform Jenny that a single moment of perfect happiness would break the curse and revert Angel into the evil Angelus. Fitting the trope name, not sharing this does end up killing several people, one of whom is Enyos himself.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Considering all that Angel has done, and the fact that the creature that killed the gypsy girl isn't the same thing, Enyos' passion for continuing revenge makes little sense.


Major Ellis
"It's not the Initiative, Finn. We don't do experiments. None of us gives a damn what makes monsters tick. We just stop 'em.”
Played By: Nick Chinlund

A U.S. Army officer.

  • Brutal Honesty: He doesn't mince words when he recruits Riley.
    Riley: What do you need me for?
    Ellis: I think you can handle yourself. And I always need bodies. I'm not gonna lie to you. It's the real deal. High risk, low pay, and seriously messy.
  • Guttural Growler: Due to being played by the raspy-voiced Nick Chinlund.
  • Good Counterpart: He comes across as one to Colonel McNamara; they're both high-ranking military men with a tough attitude but Ellis is much more reasonable, honest and capable. He also actually listens to his men when they give good suggestions, such as Graham's suggestion that they recruit Riley.
  • Punny Name: Major Ellis is the man sent by the government to respond to the alien. Ellis Island was a famous receiving station for immigrants, e.g. aliens.
  • Trespassing to Talk: He and his men break into Riley's apartment to talk to him.


"Don't get sniffly on me, sis. I've lived a lot longer than most demon hunters. Or Slayers, for that matter."
Played By: Tom Wyner

Sid was a demon hunter who was imprisoned in the body of a ventriloquist's dummy.

  • Amazon Chaser: As is fitting for a demon slayer, he's very much into powerful women. He's turned on by Buffy and had a prior relationship with a slayer in the 1930's.
    "Look at you — you're strong, athletic, limber...nubile..."
  • Death Seeker: Sid actually looks forward to the end of his existence; being a ventriloquist dummy isn't any kind of enviable fate, so he's cool with the idea of dying once his curse is broken.
  • Demonic Dummy: Averted; he's a demon hunter who was cursed into the body of a dummy.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His original body rotted away long ago, so breaking his curse will result in his death. However, he tells Buffy that he's accepted this fate, having already lived far longer than most other demon hunters.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sid is a lech, but he's not a bad person.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: He isn't having great fun as a dummy; he wants to finish what he started and move on.

    Gib Cain 

Gib Cain
"You're a Girl!"
Played By: Jack Conley

A human werewolf hunter. Cain hunted werewolves during the nights of full moon, skinned them, and sold their pelts in the black market, particularly Sri Lanka.

  • Battle Trophy: Cain wears a necklace of werewolf teeth he's ripped from his kills.
  • Evil Poacher: Of werewolves, although he makes reference to a past hunting elephants for ivory.
  • Jerkass: From the very start, Cain marks himself as a deeply unpleasant human being. He's perverse, sexist, arrogant, superior, condescending...and practically a Serial Killer to boot.
  • Name of Cain: As is standard for a villain.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Cain is deeply sexist; he believes in the superiority of men and is condescending to Buffy.
    "This is what happens when a woman tries to do a man's job."
  • Silver Bullet: As per usual for hunting werewolves. He's seen casting his own.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He's fully aware that the werewolf is seperate from the person, but just doesn't care. If they're furry, they're fair game.
    Buffy: It doesn't bother you that a werewolf is a person 28 days out of the month?
    Cain: That's why I only hunt 'em the other three.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tries to give one to Buffy, but it rings hollow considering the type of person he is and the type of person Buffy is.
    Cain: You know, sis, if that thing harms anyone, it's going to be on your pretty little head. I hope you can live with that.
    Buffy: I live with that every day.

    Samantha Finn 

Samantha Finn
"I gotta tell you, Buffy, I'm a little bit intimidated. I mean, patrolling with the real live Slayer, you're like... Santa Claus, or Buddha, or something."

A former member of the Peace Corps and the wife of Riley Finn.

  • Action Girl: She is a demon hunter and a U.S. Military specialist.
  • Battle Couple: With Riley, her husband and partner in demon fighting.
  • Friendly Sniper: The worst thing she says is to tell Faith she needs to apologize to her husband, not her, over the Bed Trick, and this was after she takes out an army of Zompires with a battle rifle.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In this case, "Sam" is short for "Samantha".
  • Happily Married: She and Riley were married off-screen and have a very happy marriage of equals. This contrasts with Riley's relationship with Buffy that fell apart because they're fundamentally imbalanced in terms of power and ability and Riley couldn't take that.
  • Nice Girl: Samantha charms pretty much everyone by being genuinely nice and considerate. Of course, this makes Buffy more insecure since Sam is not only perfect but she's so kind that Buffy can't even be mad at her. She commends Willow on quitting magic, she helps Anya and Xander with their wedding planning, she thinks Dawn is mature enough to be involved with the Scoobies and she even calls Buffy (her husband's ex-girlfriend) that she's legendary. She's very hard to dislike.
  • Spy Catsuit: As seen in her first appearance.

     Jennifer, Kimberly and Nicki 

Jennifer, Kimberly and Nicki

Classmates and friends of Buffy before she was a slayer, who appear in the movie, and a prequel comic based on the movie.
  • Beta Bitch: Jennifer, who is nastier about being popular than Buffy and tries to take both leadership of the group and her boyfriend.
  • Fair-Weather Friend: They ditch Buffy (albeit with some implied regret in Nicki's case) as she begins to get sucked into the Slayer life, with Jennifer even quickly taking her boyfriend.
  • Girl Posse: With Buffy, before she knew she was a Slayer.
  • Popular Is Dumb: It's doubtful that the three of them put together would be able to match Buffy, or even Cordelia, in brainpower.

     Gary Murray 

Garry Murray

Played By: Stephen Root
The counselor at Buffy's old school, in the movie.

     The Cheese Man 
Played By: David Wells
"I wear the cheese. It does not wear me."
A mysterious figure only appearing in 'Restless', who is obsessed with cheese.

  • Non Sequitur. Every last one of his lines.
  • Real Dreams are Weirder: Intended to be so by Joss Whedon. Just the random part of dreams that make no sense.
  • Running Gag: Appears in the dreams of Willow, Xander, Giles, and Buffy (in that order.) For all of them except Buffy he makes a brief Non Sequitur about Cheese.
  • The Spook: Apart from his love of cheese and the fact he appears in four people's different dreams, nothing is known about him. Justified, as he was never intended to be significant, and is merely the embodiment of the weirder parts of dreaming. Thus, he technically didn't require an explanation.

Alternative Title(s): Buffy The Vampire Slayer Other Characters