Over its seven seasons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer grew to become identified for its deep bench of Large Bads. These characters ran the gamut from sinister to sort of sympathetic.
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But throughout its run, Buffy additionally included a plethora of monsters of the week. These single shot antagonists solely appeared in a single episode. In that point, some made fairly an impression and contributed one thing to the sequence as an entire. Then, there have been the monsters that simply didn’t work. They didn’t advance the story, reveal one thing new or fascinating, or add something to the present. Right here, we discover monsters that fall into each classes.
These are Buffy’s finest and worst monsters of the week.
10 WORST: RAZOR (BARGAINING, PARTS ONE AND TWO)
Okay, technically Razor was in two episodes, however he was restricted to the two-part premiere of Buffy’s sixth season. Razor was the chief of a demon biker gang that got here to Sunnydale once they discovered the Slayer was no extra. He has a number of piercings and Freddy-Kruger-like claws, and alongside together with his gang, he causes a number of mayhem. Apart from that, there’s not a lot to him.
Razor and his gang are unruly and terrorize the general public, however in contrast to so many Buffy demons, they aren’t a metaphor for something. They’re only a biker gang that occurs to be made up of demons, making them fairly mundane for a present that often traffics in rather more thought-provoking characters. Additionally, Razor met his finish by the hands of Tara. ‘Nuff mentioned.
9 BEST: HOLDEN WEBSTER (CONVERSATIONS WITH DEAD PEOPLE)
Holden Webster doesn’t appear to be the obvious monster of the week. A former highschool classmate of Buffy’s, she found him simply as he arose from his grave as a vampire for the primary time.
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Holden by no means posed a mortal menace to Buffy, even with the 2 years of tae kwon do coaching he mentioned he had. Finally Holden made a a lot larger impression together with his partially accomplished psychology main and internship expertise at Sunnydale Psychological Hospital. He used his psychology information to counsel Buffy on her issues. This led to a memorable dialog by which Buffy was capable of delve into all the problems troubling her. Ultimately, Buffy took Holden out, however not earlier than he’d made a memorable impression.
8 WORST: MOLOCH (I ROBOT, YOU JANE)
Moloch appeared in season 1 simply as Buffy was getting its sea legs. This monster of the week will need to have appeared like a good suggestion on the time. A demon who’s launched onto the web when Willow scans the guide he’s trapped in, Moloch tempts his victims with guarantees of affection and energy. Posing as a boy named Malcolm Black, Moloch seduced Willow and a number of other different college students over the web, whereas additionally coercing an organization into making a robotic physique for him.
The episode got here out when the web was nonetheless new expertise and the concept of interacting by it appeared harmful. Moloch takes these fears to their excessive. It’s not an particularly impressed or involving metaphor although, and immediately it comes throughout as a little bit of techno-paranoia that now not applies.
7 BEST: SWEET (ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING)
Candy was the demon behind the singing in Buffy‘s beloved musical episode, “As soon as Extra, with Feeling.” When he was referred to as by way of a talisman, he appeared in Sunnydale and shortly the entire city was bursting into tune — after which bursting into flames.
Though Candy doesn’t inflict a lot apparent harm on the Scooby Gang, through the use of their songs to make them share the truths they’ve been hiding from each other, he rattles the group greater than maybe some other demon had in fairly some time. Plus, he did it with a bravura cool, a easy tune, and a depraved soft-shoe quantity.
6 WORST: LISSA (FIRST DATE)
Many exhibits embody celeb visitor spots to attract curiosity and goose rankings. Buffy didn’t usually have interaction in these techniques, however on this season 7 episode it determined to incorporate pop star Ashanti as Lissa, a demon who desires to show her allegiance to the First Evil.
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When Lissa met Xander and he requested her out for a date, she determined he was the right mark to make use of for a ritual sacrifice within the First’s honor. The gag is that Xander all the time finally ends up courting demons, one thing the present joked about from the start. Sadly, Lissa is an uninspired monster of the week whose presence does nothing to maneuver the plot ahead.
5 BEST: GACHNAR (FEAR, ITSELF)
“Worry me!” Gachnar was a worry demon who was unintentionally summoned to a Halloween social gathering at a UC Sunnydale frat home that Buffy and the gang attended. Quickly, the home trapped everybody inside and introduced forth their best fears. Buffy is separated from her mates, Xander can now not be seen or heard, Willow’s magic spell turns towards her, and Ouncesstarts to show right into a werewolf though it’s not a full moon.
In the long run, the construct as much as Gachnar coming forth is much more spectacular than his precise entrance. Though Giles forces his manner into the home and tells everybody they need to forestall Gachnar from absolutely manifesting, when Buffy unintentionally releases him anyway, they discover he’s extra cute than scary. Seems Gachnar is the scale of his illustration on the web page in Giles’ guide. So, when he instructs the Scooby Gang to tremble earlier than him, it’s lovely. Gachnar in the end meets his finish when Buffy squashes him like a bug.
4 WORST: SPAWN OF SOBEK (SHADOW)
The Spawn of Sobek was the snake-like demon that season 5’s Large Dangerous, Glory, tried to make use of to search out the Key. The demon was created from a transmogrified cobra. Whereas this made it large and powerful, it appeared like overkill contemplating it was made to assemble info, not tackle Buffy.
Buffy featured snake demons earlier than, however this one was maybe the silliest wanting of the bunch. It was extra menacing because the pre-transmogrified cobra than because the unconvincing-looking demon. And the picture of Buffy driving it as she pummeled it into submission was extra ridiculous than scary. An inglorious starting to Glory’s reign of terror.
3 BEST: THE GENTLEMEN (HUSH)
No checklist of Buffy monsters of the week could be full with out mentioning the Gents, the creepy creatures from the revered episode, “Hush.” The Gents had been the stuff of nightmares, actually. Buffy dreamed about them together with the nursery rhyme that defined their sinister goal — to take seven hearts whereas nobody might be heard.
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Quickly, Buffy’s dream comes true because the Gents render the residents of Sunnydale mute and carry out coronary heart extractions on victims who can solely scream soundlessly in response. Whereas the Gents look scary, their courteous method in direction of each other and skill to drift as a substitute of stroll makes them much more unsettling.
2 WORST: TAINTED BEER (BEER BAD)
The fourth season episode “Beer Dangerous” is taken into account by many followers to be Buffy’s worst. Buffy is having a tough time adjusting to school life and has simply been used and dumped by Parker. So she visits the native bar the place Xander just lately began working. There, she meets a gaggle of men wanting to entertain her — with beer.
Nonetheless, this beer has an extra-special ingredient that turns all of them into cave individuals. The proprietor of the bar cooked up the particular brew to take revenge on the obnoxious school youngsters he’d been serving for 20 years. The episode was meant to be a metaphor for the dual horrors of consuming and informal affairs, however the message got here throughout as apparent and prudish in a sequence that was often something however.
1 BEST: GNARL (SAME TIME, SAME PLACE)
Gnarl got here to Sunnydale across the identical time Willow returned in season 7, after she’d turn out to be the Large Dangerous of the earlier season. When Buffy, Xander, and Daybreak discover a boy lacking his pores and skin at a building web site, they assume Willow’s in charge since she did the identical factor to Warren. Truly, although, the wrongdoer is a creature referred to as Gnarl, who paralyzes his victims together with his lengthy finger nails after which spends hours stripping and consuming their pores and skin. Yum!
Between his sing-songy, third-person speeches whereas he’s torturing his victims and his Gollum-like character design, Gnarl is really one of the vital memorable. We’re simply glad we solely needed to spend a single episode with this sadistic monster.