10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Characters Who Deserved More Than a Single Episode

By Brett White in Daily Lists, TV
Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:03 am
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In the multiverse of nerdery, the relatively young Buffy-verse has grown to be almost as complex as the Star Trek and Star Wars universes. And no, the alt rock werewolves and ditzy vampires of Buffy aren't as nerd-iconic as the Jedi Knight or the Red Shirt, but that hasn't stopped a ridiculous amount of talented writers from building more graveyards and high school dance clubs (seriously, what the hell was the Bronze?) within Sunnydale's city limits.

But within the confines of the original series' 144 episodes, a handful of pretty awesome characters only crossed paths with Buffy and her Scooby Gang once. And that's actually a rarity in this universe since the BtVS writing staff tended to bleed the supporting cast dry... like a vampire (rimshot, please!). Giles' mid-life crisis girlfriend Olivia? Three episodes. Percy West, the douchebag jock? Five episodes. Lily, the vamp-worshipping runaway? Two episodes on Buffy and another three on Angel. Even some random victim of vamp Willow in season three came back as a vampire for two episodes in season five. So if Random Victim #3 can come back for a multi-episode arc, here are 10 characters we can't believe never rose again on the Buffy television show.

10) The Boxer Rebellion Slayer in "Fool for Love"
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A blaxploitation slayer fighting Spike in a graffiti'd out subway car in 1977, a.k.a. the coolest year ever? Nothing can top that. Know what comes close? A martial arts slayer with moves right out of a Bruce Lee flick, that's who. Sure, Spike killed this slayer over a hundred years ago, but death rarely put an actor out of work on this show.

9) Zachary Kralik from "Helpless"

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Sure, Angelus was evil, but he was the type of evil that wears leather pants and has a Costco-size tub of hair gel hidden in his crypt. Zachary Kralik was a straight-up serial killer before getting bitten, donned a straight jacket instead of a leather jacket and talked about eating his mother. A lot. This guy was no dreamboat. I shudder to think of the trouble he could have caused if he hadn't accidentally drank holy water (hey, I never claimed he was the brightest vampire).

8) Michael from "Gingerbread"
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The main cast of BtVS never once included anyone remotely goth. Yes, Oz gets goth points for the painted fingernails, but he also gets Barenaked Ladies points for the bowling shirts. The cast never featured a full-on warlock as well. One would figure they would kill two Judges with one rocket launcher by adding Michael (played by Salute Your Shorts and Rilo Kiley alum Blake Sennett) to the cast, who appeared in "Gingerbread" as a persecuted Sunnydale High wicca-practitioner. The cast acted as if they hung out with Michael regularly, but alas Michael never appeared after "Gingerbread." Maybe he turned invisible from the Scoobies ignoring him...

7) Sunday from "The Freshmen"
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Between the key party that was Angel's Victorian vampire gang and modern day sires like Harmony, BtVS never hurt for recurring vamps to torment/bone Buffy. But Sunday, who showed up in the fourth season premiere to give the Buff a gruff welcome to UC Sunnydale, seemed a little more fleshed out than other dust-in-one vamps. Her snarky personality mirrored Buffy's and the two of them could have traded cut-downs for at least a season.

6) Dracula from "Buffy Vs. Dracula"
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Despite its campy premise, Buffy's battle against Dracula was actually kinda cool, kinda funny, and kinda important to where her character was headed (it was Vlad himself who first hinted at Buffy's inner darkness). It's respectable that the show never trotted the king of darkness out for another stunt episode, but I wouldn't have minded another round if it was as enjoyable as this episode. At least he had a significantly awesome comeback in the Season 8 comics from Dark Horse.
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