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Character Profile of the Month - March 2002

SUMMERS, Buffy Anne
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1630 Revello Drive near Hadley
Sunnydale, CA (pop. 30,000)

Buffy is a teenager. She is blond with green eyes, perky and destined by fate to become a Slayer, a killer of demons. Born in January 1981 to Hank and Joyce Summer, Buffy originally attended Hemery High School in Los Angles as a cheerleader, Fiesta Quenn and Prom Queen. On her 16th birthday she met a man named Merrick who informed Buffy that she was the “Chosen One, The Vampire Slayer.” Buffy soon realized the man told the truth and she began training to slay vampires and other assorted demons. Her enthusiasm got her high school gymnasium burned to the ground, her watcher mentor killed, and earned Buffy a one way trip out of town.

Relocating to Sunnydale with her recently divorced mother Joyce [who opened an art gallery] Buffy enrolled as a sophomore at Sunnydale High. Unfortunately, Sunnydale rested on the center of a mystical convergence called "Hellmouth," which is a evil supernatural portal between this reality and the next that attracts all sorts of demonic undesirables. But fortunately, for Sunnydale, Buffy is a “Slayer” a person appointed by fate to battle evil. With the assistance of her new watcher, high school librarian Rupert Giles, Buffy battled to save the residence of Sunnydale from a variety of blood-sucking creepy-crawlies. She dispatched the demons with karate kicks and mortal stabs with wooden stakes.

Buffy with Stake
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers)

Buffy’s high school friends [dubbed the “Scooby Gang” and “The Slayerettes”] included Willow Rosenberg, Buffy’s shy best friend and computer nerd; Cordelia Chase, the sexy BGOC [Big Girl on Campus]; Alexander “Xander” Harris, who had a crush on Buffy and later on Cordelia]; and Oz, a musician who fell for Willow [Yipes! but he’s a werewolf]. They hangout at a club called The Bronze [a local watering hole for demons and such].

Buffy’s enemies included a sadistic vampire with a British accent named Spike; The Master, an evil demon who tried to open the Hellmouth portal and destroy the world of the humans [Buffy busted that plan]; Angel, a vampire once under the Master’s control who turned good and fell in love with Buffy [she fell for him, too]; Drusilla, Spike’s nasty girlfriend; Faith, a Slayer gone bad [Buffy killed her and took her blood to save Angel’s life]; and Mayor Richard Wilkins III, [a demon in disguise] whom Buffy destroyed at her graduation ceremony when Wilkins turned into a giant serpent]. After all this excitement Buffy and Willow transferred to The University of California at Sunnydale where they lived at Kresge Hall. But despite their climb up the academic ladder, they couldn’t keep the demons from climbing up after them.

Buffy’s mother, Joyce supported her daughter’s vocation but still worried about her. Joyce’s love life since her divorce from Hank included a guy named Ted who turned out to be a mass-murdering psycho robot; and a quick affair with Giles the librarian after eating enchanted candy that made both of them act like randy teenagers. Sadly, Joyce [born 1958], died on February 21, 2001 from an aneurysm resulting from her brain tumor surgery [low grade glioma]. Just before that Buffy learned she had a bratty 15-year-old sister named Dawn who in reality was an orb of pure energy called “The Key” put under Buffy’s protection. A veiling spell convinced Buffy and her mom that Dawn was human and a member of their family. Only the mentally ill and certain animals could see Dawn’s true form.

Reilly Finn, a member of a elite black ops demon fighting group called “The Initiative” was Buffy’s new boyfriend until he left town on assignment. Meanwhile, Buffy’s greatest challenge was a hell-god named Gloriface [a.k.a “Glory”] who wanted to kill Dawn and bring forth hell on earth. After defeating Gloria, Buffy sacrificed her life to close the riff between dimensions. Her friend Willow later cast a resurrection spell and brought Buffy back to life. Buffy now regrets being brought back from the dead. She’s also taken on some bad habits like wanting to have hot, steamy sex [against her better judgment] with Spike the vampire. When Buffy discovered that Reilly Finn had gotten married, she broke up with Spike. She realized she was being weak and selfish by using him. Ah, such is the life of a Slayer.

 Buffy:    Who died?
 Giles:    How did you know there had been a murder?
 Buffy:    D'uh! We're the school on top of the Hellmouth.
              We have more deaths then fire drills!'

Buffy:    I'm gonna give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every person on the face of the Earth to do it.

Buffy:    You're a vampire. Oh, I'm sorry. Was that an
             offensive term? Should I say undead American?

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