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Angelus Blade's Season 1 Bestiary
Here is a description and possibly a picture of all the monsters Buffy and the gang have fought in the first series.
Vampires are the main enemy of the Slayer, and due to Sunnydale being positioned over the Hellmouth, Sunnydale is their favourite 'party town.' Vampires in the world of Buffy are not exactly the same as those in Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula. There are several good descriptions of vampires from characters in the programme which will explain them better than I can:

Giles: [to Xander] You're not looking at your friend. You're looking at the thing that killed him.

Giles: A vampire isn't a person at all. It may have the movements, the memories, even the personality of the person it takes over, but it is a demon at the core. There is no halfway.

So basically, a vampire is just a demon which possesses your body, and kicks your soul or whatever out. So, how did vampires come to exist? Read on and find out.

Giles: "This world is older than any of you know, and contrary to popular mythology, it did not begin as a paradise. For untold eons demons walked the Earth, made it their home, their Hell. In time, they lost their purchase on this reality, and the way was made for mortal animals. For man."
"The books tell that the last demon to leave this reality fed off a human, mixed their blood. He was a human form possessed - infected by the demon's soul. He bit another and another...and so they walk the Earth, feeding. Killing some, mixing their blood with others to make more of their kind. Waiting for the animals to die out and the Old Ones to return."

    So there you have it, all perfectly explained by the Watcher himself. Vampires in Buffy's world can't fly, and they cast no reflection. They do not need to breathe, but their lungs simulate the action of breathing. They have a hypnotic ability, although some like the Master's or Drusilla's are stronger than others. They cannot enter a private home without permission, but once invited they can return any time. They can enter public places such as schools and churches without problem. They fear the sign of the cross, and are burned by it and holy water, as well as sunlight. There are three main ways to kill a vampire - impaling them through the heart with a stake or similar improvisation, chopping off their head, and burning them (either with sunlight or fire). Other injuries do hurt them, but they manage to heal more quickly than humans. Well, that's about all the vampire information you need right now, so move on.

The Master

    The Master is the oldest and most powerful of vampires, and is Buffy's main enemy throughout Season 1. The Master worshipped the Old Ones, and wanted to open the Hellmouth to allow them to walk the Earth again, but he tried to open the Hellmouth in an earthquake and ended up getting stuck in it 'like a cork in a bottle.' All through Season 1 he tried different ways of opening the Hellmouth, but it wasn't until the last episode, Prophecy Girl, that he actually did it and broke free. Luckily, although he had killed Buffy by her drowning in a pool of water, Xander resuscitated her and she caught up with the Master, throwing him onto a piece of shattered furniture and killing him.


    Catherine Madison was homecoming queen and star cheerleader of Sunnydale High when she was a teenager, but in an attempt to reclaim her glory days she switched bodies with her daughter, Amy, and tried out for the current cheerleading squad. However, the switch was too much for her, and she mucked up the audition, and only made the alternate team, so she wouldn't perform unless some of the other team members got sick. So, she used her magic powers to cause Amber to spontaneously combust, caused Lishanne's mouth to be sealed over, and blinded Cordelia. Fortunately, Giles was able to cast a spell to reverse the switch, and Buffy reflected Caroline's spell back at her, ironically trapping her inside the statue she had won as star cheerleader all those years ago.

    The She-Mantis is a being able to distort perception so it looks like a beautiful woman, and with this disguise it lures innocent male virgins back to its nest to mate with them before killing them. Buffy found out that the sounds of bat sonar send mantises wild, so she use the recorded sound to stun the She-Mantis, before chopping it apart with a large blade.

Anointed One

    The Anointed One is a powerful vampire, who has possessed the body of a young boy. He was to be the Master's greatest weapon against the Slayer, and it was him who led Buffy to the Master's underground lair. He also orchestrated the attempted revivification of the Master in the first episode of Season 2, 'When She Was Bad'.


    Primals are animal worshippers who believe that to be animal is divine. They try to invite the spirit of certain animals, like hyenas, to camp out in their bodies. This is what happened accidentally to Xander and the school bullies on a school trip to the zoo, which led to the consumption of the Sunnydale mascot and Principal Bob Flutie. The Primal in the episode entitled 'The Pack' managed to get the hyena spirits to go into him, but ended up being eaten by the real hyenas.

Moloch, The Corruptor

    Moloch was a demon confined to the pages of a book which Willow accidentally scanned and released him onto the Internet. Shortly after, she began an online relationship with Malcolm, who was actually Moloch, and meanwhile Moloch had persuaded the school computer nerds to construct him a robotic body to house. Giles and Ms. Jenny Calendar manage to cast him out of the Internet and confine him to the robotic body, and Buffy tricks him into electrocuting himself and he explodes.

Brotherhood of Seven

    Seven demons who must harvest a healthy heart and brain every seven years in order to retain their youthful human disguise. In the episode 'The Puppet Show', Sid the dummy has killed 6 out of 7, and with a bit of help from Buffy and the gang, manages to kill the last one, freeing his soul and allowing him to rest at last.

Invisible Girls

    It's easy to feel sorry for Marcie Ross - she had no friends, and as a result disappeared. It was something that was done to her, not something she did herself, and the loneliness and isolation turned her into a raving loony. Cordelia is her prime target, because she is everything Marcie is not, popular, confident etc. It was Marcie's plan to disfigure Cordelia's beautiful face so that no one would ever forget it, but Buffy, using her acute sense of hearing and her Slayer abilities, managed to lay her out. Men in suits then promptly arrived to take her away, to a class of invisible pupils who were learning Assassination and Infiltration. It is a possibility that as Marcie wasn't killed, she may return in a future episode. I love the irony of her line when she realises that Cordelia's attempts at sympathy are just a way of getting out of it: "I see right through you."

Big Squiggly Demons

    This is what Cordelia describes the demon trying to surface in the library in 'Prophecy Girl' as. It is one of the Old Ones, trying to surface and live on the Earth once more. Fortunately, Buffy killing the Master makes it go back from whence it came, before it could consume Willow and the other Slayerettes.

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