Here are a list of characters appearing in In the Army Now.
Captain Alexander Lavelle “Xander” Harris, BS, US Army (honorable discharge, 2013) Edit
In 2001, the Scooby Gang was hit hard by the deaths of Joyce and Buffy Summers. A few short months later, 9/11 happened. Xander, emblazoned with patriotism, decided that he could do more good fighting the human enemies who could – and would – be just as dangerous, if not more so, than the supernatural forces of darkness.
After completing basic training at Fort Benning, Xander transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for advanced individual training as a combat engineer. He emerged from AIT with the rank of Private First Class (he was promoted upon completion of AIT) and assigned to the 130th Engineer Brigade out of Hanau, Germany. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and then served with distinction with the 168th Engineer Group in Baghdad. He returned to the States in February 2004 with the rank of Corporal and a recipient of the Army Achievement and Good Conduct Medals.
Upon his return (and after a week of liberty in Sunnydale, where he learned of the deaths of Faith and Wes and the arrival of Kennedy), Xander was recommended by his commanding officer for Officer Candidate School. He completed OCS in 14 weeks, which earned him a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, before attending the Engineer Officer Basic Course. In late 2005, Lt. Harris returned to the 130th Engineer Brigade, serving as the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company executive officer, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant during his tour. It was on this tour that he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and his second Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In 2006, Xander was assigned to a very prestigious posting as Platoon Leader of the 911th Engineer Company in Washington, D.C. In 2007, Xander once again found his way back to the 130th Engineer Brigade, assisting in the brigade’s transfer to Hawaii. Shortly after the brigade returned to active duty, Xander was promoted to Captain. Around this time, he rekindled his romance with Courtney Ortega, an old flame from Iraq who was now a Chief Warrant Officer with the 516th Signal Brigade.
In 2008, Xander and Courtney took a vacation to Sunnydale, where he served as the Best Man at Willow and Tara’s wedding.
When the 130th Engineer Brigade deployed to Iraq in 2009, Xander was given command of Charlie Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, which remained at Fort Shafter. In 2010, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Lt. Col. Riley Finn, the Commander of the military’s “HST Combat Unit”, has approached Xander to join his unit many times, but Xander steadfastly refuses to be a part of, in his opinion, a black-ops death squad. He also made it his personal mission to see to it that Riley’s unit never learn of the DIM (Demons in the Military) support group that he’s affiliated with.
In 2011, Xander was hauled in front of an Article 32 hearing for assaulting three non-commissioned officers outside of the NCO Club at Schofield Barracks. He single-handedly sent all three of them to the infirmary and one of them needed intensive care. Col. Gentry convened an Article 32 hearing to investigate the incident, where it was revealed that the soldier Xander had injured the most severely, Sergeant First Class Tim Grayson, had been using his position as an NCO to solicit sexual favors from female enlisted personnel, including a Specialist under Xander’s command. When the allegations against SFC Grayson were proven true, the Article 32 hearing officer recommended that the charges not be held over for court-martial, but that his commanding officer place a formal letter of reprimand into his service record. This action also led to his removal from the 2011 selection board for promotion to Major.
In 2013, after almost 12 years of service, Xander was honorably discharged from the United States Army and returned home to Sunnydale, where he was hired by Willow to be the head of physical security at her company. Upon his return, Xander attempted to rejoin the Good Fight, but found that it was a lot harder at 32 years old than it was at 17 or 18. Therefore, he decided to take a more backseat approach, assisting the Slayer and her friends (the Scooby Gang of the new generation) with support, intelligence, and even equipment.
After his discharge from the Army, Xander proposed to his girlfriend of nearly five years, Courtney, and she said yes.
As an officer in the United States Army, Xander carries a Beretta M9 as his service weapon. Although the only language he’s mastered is English (albeit Californian American English), he’s somewhat proficient in various others, including German, Arabic, and most recently, Hawaiian. He is also knowledgeable in Klingon and a few demon languages. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge (one of the first to receive the Badge in 2005), three Army Achievement Medals, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Expert Marksmanship Badge with numerous weapons. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army in 2013, Xander was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Courtney Ortega, US Army Edit
A computer geek with the body of a supermodel, Courtney Ortega enlisted in the Army after high school and was assigned to the Signal Corps as an Information Technology Specialist.
She first met Xander Harris in Baghdad, and they hit it off instantly. They went their separate ways after Iraq, but reunited after completing OCS and WOCS respectively.
By 2008, Courtney was assigned to the 516th Signal Brigade at Fort Shafter with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. At this time, she rekindled her romance with Xander Harris, now a Captain with the 84th Engineer Battalion. Later that year, she joined Xander as his date to the wedding of his best friend in Sunnydale. Courtney was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 2010.
After Xander’s discharge from the Army in 2013, he proposed to her, and she said yes.
As a warrant officer in the United States Army, Courtney carries a Beretta M9 as her service weapon. She is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and two Army Overseas Service Ribbons.
2nd Lieutenant Howard Palmer, US Army (KIA, 2003) Edit
Xander’s platoon commander while in country with the 168th Engineer Group. 2nd Lt. Howard Palmer was a recent graduate of West Point, and he and Xander shared a love of comic books. Unfortunately, 2nd Lt. Palmer was killed in action in Baghdad in 2003.
As an officer in the United States Army, 2nd Lt. Palmer carried a Beretta M9 as his service weapon. He was a recipient of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart after being killed in action.
Sergeant Victor Damato, US Army Edit
A member of the 168th Engineer Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Specialist Vito Damato is a Mercury Demon who enlisted in the Army immediately after 9/11.
Upon their first meeting, Xander was shocked that a demon would willingly join the Armed Forces; Damato explained that just because he was a demon didn’t mean he wasn’t a patriot and couldn’t serve his country. He introduced Xander to DIM (Demons in the Military), a support group nearly 300 strong throughout the five services. Since then, the two have become friends.
In 2008, Xander requested that newly-promoted Sergeant Damato be assigned to Charlie Company, 84th Engineer Battalion.
As a Mercury Demon, Sgt. Damato has a handful of magical abilities including Telekinesis, Thermal Blasts, Conjuration, Shimmering and Sensing. As a soldier in the United States Army, he carries a Beretta M9 as his service weapon.
Drill Sergeant (Sergeant First Class) Jason Delaney, US Army Edit
Xander’s drill sergeant, Sergeant First Class Jason Delaney is a soldier’s soldier and a man’s man. Although not friends, Xander and Drill Sergeant Delaney have a mutual respect for one another, and Xander bought the man a drink while passing through Fort Benning while in Officer Candidate School.
As a soldier the United States Army, Drill Sergeant Delaney carries a Beretta M9 as his service weapon. He is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), as well as the Army Expert Marksmanship Badge and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Colonel Paul Gentry, US Army Edit
The Commanding Officer of the 130th Engineer Brigade, he and Xander Harris have a nodding acquaintance.
A veteran of both Gulf Wars, Col. Gentry graduated from West Point and then completed the Engineer Officer Basic Course as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then spent the next 20 years traveling from assignment to assignment for the Corps of Engineers. He was made Brigade Commander of the 130th Engineer Brigade in 2009. His wife, Cheryl, is close friends with the wife of the Commanding General of United States Army Pacific, the colonel’s boss’s boss. The colonel and Cheryl have three children, a son who’s currently enrolled at West Point and two teenage daughters.
In 2011, he convened an Article 32 hearing to learn why Xander, one of his officers, assaulted three non-commissioned officers outside of the NCO Club at Schofield Barracks. At the recommendation of the Article 32 hearing officer, he placed a formal letter of reprimand into Xander’s service record.
As an officer in the United States Army, Col. Gentry carries a Beretta M9 as his service weapon. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.
Elizabeth Anne “Buffy” Summers, the Vampire Slayer (KIA, 2001) Edit
Leader of the Scooby Gang, Class Protector of the Sunnydale High School Class of ’99, and much more, Buffy Summers has saved the world…a lot.
Buffy Anne Summers was a Vampire Slayer that was activated in the late 20th century. Born to Hank and Joyce Summers on January 19, 1981, she was called to be the Slayer in 1996 at the age of fifteen after the death of her predecessor, India Cohen. She was originally based in Los Angeles, but, due to an incident involving a gang of vampires at Hemery High School there, she later moved to Sunnydale, California. There, she acted as guardian of the Hellmouth until her death. Initially a reluctant hero who constantly wished for nothing more than a normal life, Buffy eventually grew to embrace her destiny. Buffy was unique as a Slayer in many ways; she refused to sacrifice her ordinary life for her supernatural destiny and often operated as part of a team with her friends the “Scooby Gang.”
Buffy died on May 22, 2001, at the age of 20, taking a swan dive off of Glory’s tower to close a tear in the space-time continuum in the place of her younger sister, Dawn. She is buried in Sunnydale next to her recently-deceased mother with the epitaph: “She saved the world. A lot.” In the aftermath of Buffy’s death, Giles decided to return to England, Dawn moved to Los Angeles, and Xander joined the Army.
As a Vampire Slayer, Buffy has all the usual powers of such, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, accelerated healing, a limited ability to sense supernatural activity, the collective memories of all past Slayers, precognitive dreams, and a natural proficiency with virtually all forms of weaponry and unarmed combat styles.
Willow Danielle Maclay-Rosenberg, B.Sc. Edit
Xander’s best friend since they were 5 years old, Willow’s life was turned upside down in 2001 after Buffy’s death, Giles’s departure, and Xander’s enlistment. Thanks to her longtime girlfriend, Tara, Willow was able to keep her life together, and while she wasn’t exactly welcoming to Faith Lehane, the Vampire Slayer who was recently released from prison to guard the Hellmouth after Buffy’s death, Willow continued to occasionally assist Faith in supernatural crises until her death in 2003; she likewise supported the other Slayers that came through Sunnydale.
Since Buffy’s death, Willow completed her education at UC Sunnydale, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She then went on to create her own computer security company in Sunnydale.
In 2008, Willow and Tara got married in the presence of all surviving members of the Scooby Gang upon the legalization of gay marriage in California, and she legally hyphenated her last name. When she first began dating Tara, Willow insisted that she was “gay now,” but as years past, she came to the realization that she is bisexual.
Willow and Tara’s relationship hit a bump in 2003 when the new Slayer in town, Kennedy Winston, tried to get together with Willow. One night while patrolling one of Sunnydale’s many graveyards, the two of them were attacked by a small group of vampires. Willow and Kennedy made quick work out of them and before they knew it, the two women were locked in a passionate kiss, with Kennedy pressing Willow up against a headstone. It took a minute, but Willow came to her senses and broke off the kiss and explicitly told her that she had a girlfriend. Willow later confessed the kiss to Tara, who was both understanding and understandably upset; however, they were able to work out their problems within a few weeks.
Over the years, Willow’s participation in the Good Fight dwindled from field work to more behind the scenes, providing monetary, intelligence, and magical support to the Slayer and her friends (the Scooby Gang of the new generation).
After Xander’s discharge from the Army in 2013, Willow hired him as her company’s chief of physical security, responsible for protecting the company’s physical materials and personnel.
Willow is a powerful witch with more raw power than even most natural-born witches; with Tara by her side, the two are nearly undefeatable when it comes to magic. In 2001, in the midst of her grief, she considered raising Buffy from the dead; however, without Xander or Anya, Willow didn’t have enough power to resurrect her.
Dr. Rupert Edmund Giles, Ph.D. Edit
Watcher to Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer, Rupert Giles was left heartbroken by the death of his Slayer and surrogate daughter in 2001. After her death, he and fellow Watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce petitioned the Watcher’s Council to arrange for Faith’s release from prison and be sent to Sunnydale to cover the Hellmouth. The Council acquiesced, but asked that Giles take his family’s seat on the Council in London. Giles reluctantly agreed, and returned to his home country after a tearful and heartfelt goodbye to the Scooby Gang.
Like all of the surviving members of the Scooby Gang, Giles returned to Sunnydale in 2008 for the wedding of Willow and Tara.
Cordelia Rose “Cordy” Chase Edit
Anya Christina Emanuela Jenkins/Anyanka, Patron Saint of the Women Scorned Edit
A 1,100-year-old former Vengeance Demon, Anya Jenkins was stripped of her powers and made mortal in late 1998 after granting a wish in Sunnydale, California. With the appearance of a young woman, Anya enrolled in Sunnydale High School as a senior, and then graduated with the Class of 1999.
Anya became romantically involved with Xander Harris, a member of Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer’s “Scooby Gang”. Under her tutelage, Xander became a Viking in the sack (and Anya was originally from Scandinavia and married to a literal Viking, so she knows what she’s talking about) and the two fell in love. Unfortunately, on the day Xander proposed marriage to her, Buffy gave her life for her sister, leaving him devastated. After 9/11, Xander chose the Army over Anya. With Xander gone, Anya summoned her old boss, D’Hoffryn, Lord of the Vengeance Demons, and begged him for her powers back.
D’Hoffryn returned Anya’s powers to her, but her years as a human with the Scooby Gang left her without the stomach to fully reacclimate to life as a Vengeance Demon, granting half-hearted wishes to those who called on the Patron Saint of Women Scorned. After a few months, Anya voluntarily relinquished her powers, and she went back to running the Magic Box in Sunnydale.
Anya is well known for her lack of tact, brutal honesty, and poor social skills. Since Xander left her, she has had many short-lived romances with various men in Sunnydale, none lasting longer than a full year.
Tara Maclay-Rosenberg Edit
A natural-born witch from Birmingham, Alabama, Tara Maclay escaped her abusive family after the death of her mother by enrolling in UC Sunnydale on the other side of the country. There, she met and fell in love with Willow Rosenberg, a powerful magical practitioner and friend of Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer. Tara soon came to join the Scooby Gang, and was deeply saddened by Buffy’s death in 2001.
After Buffy’s death, Tara completed college, and then went on to become a teacher at Sunnydale Elementary School, teaching sixth grade. She also continued to occasionally assist Faith Lehane, the Vampire Slayer, in supernatural crises until her death in 2003; she likewise supported the other Slayers that came through Sunnydale.
In 2008, Willow and Tara got married in the presence of all surviving members of the Scooby Gang upon the legalization of gay marriage in California, and she legally hyphenated her last name.
Over the years, Tara’s participation in the Good Fight dwindled from field work to more behind the scenes, providing monetary, intelligence, and magical support to the Slayer and her friends (the Scooby Gang of the new generation).
Tara is an impressive natural-born witch. Although she lacks Willow’s raw power, Tara has more control over her magic. She also has an active magical power, Aura Reading, which leaves her with a sixth sense.
Dawn Marie Summers Edit
The younger sister of Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer, Dawn came into being as the Key. The monks of the Order of Dagon sent the Key, an ancient mystical energy with the power to unlock the gates between all existing dimensions, to Buffy in 2000 in the form of her little sister to protect her from Glorificus.
In February 2001, Dawn’s mom, Joyce, died of a brain aneurysm, leaving Dawn devastated and heartbroken. A couple months later, Dawn was nearly sacrificed by Glory, but Buffy was able to rescue her at the cost of her own life. She lived temporarily with Giles, but after he returned to England and Xander joined the Army, Dawn decided to she needed a change. When Faith and Wesley came back to Sunnydale to take over as Slayer and Watcher on the Hellmouth, Dawn asked if Angel and Cordelia would mind if she moved to Los Angeles and joined them. They agreed, and Cordelia became Dawn’s temporary legal guardian while the teenager filed for emancipation.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Dawn attends Los Angeles High School and lives at the Hyperion Hotel. She frequently babysits baby Connor while Angel and his team are off vanquishing the forces of darkness. She has been taught self-defense by Angel, fashion and other female advice from Cordelia, street-smarts from Gunn, science lessons from Fred, and music lessons from Lorne. Dawn has no superpowers to speak of, although she has some limited magical talent with a large specialty in portals, wormholes, dimensional travel, etc.
Dawn graduated from LA High School in 2004, and became officially employed by Angel Investigations as a secretary while attending classes at UCLA.
Like all of the surviving members of the Scooby Gang, Dawn returned to Sunnydale in 2008 for the wedding of Willow and Tara.
Joyce Summers (d. 2001) Edit
Mother of Buffy and Dawn Summers, Joyce was also the surrogate mom to the entire Scooby Gang. She died suddenly on February 20, 2001, of a brain aneurysm a few weeks after the successful removal of a tumor. Her death left Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Xander, Giles, Anya, Tara, and Spike devastated and completely heartbroken.
Joyce’s death was a precipitating factor in both Xander’s decision to enlist in the Army and Giles’s decision to return to England later that year.
Faith Lehane, G.E.D., the Vampire Slayer (KIA, 2003) Edit
The so-called “Dark Slayer”, Faith Lehane was born and raised in South Boston, where she grew up with a drug- and alcohol-addicted mother, who often resorted to prostitution to make a living. Her father, George Patrick Lehane, was in jail for most of Faith’s childhood, having been arrested for manslaughter after he killed somebody in a bar fight when she was 4 years old. Faith finally ran away from home when she was 14, during her freshman year of high school. She was found by and taken in by her Watcher, Diana Dormer, a professor of folklore and mythology at Harvard University, and trained as a potential Slayer. After nearly a year with Prof. Dormer, Faith was Called as the Slayer after the death of her predecessor, Kendra Young.
In her first few months, Faith proved to be an able and successful Slayer in the Boston area. Unfortunately, her luck came to an end when she and Diana went up against Kakistos, a Master Vampire who was easily able to defeat Faith and kill Diana. In a rage, Faith took Kakistos’s eye, before escaping his clutches and running across the country. She made her way to Sunnydale, where, with the help of Buffy Summers, the other Vampire Slayer, she was able to avenge her Watcher and stake Kakistos.
Now residing in Sunnydale, Faith and Buffy began working with each other, and together they made an effective team. Their partnership came to an abrupt end in 1999, however, when Faith accidentally staked a human, Sunnydale Deputy Mayor Allen Finch, who walked into a battle between the two Slayers and a group of vampires. Overwrought with guilt, shunned by the Scooby Gang, and being told that the Watcher’s Council wanted to “sanction” her, Faith turned to the dark side, assisting Mayor Richard Wilkins III with his various evil plans. During the climatic showdown between Faith and Buffy, the older Slayer stabbed Faith with her own knife and left her in a coma.
Upon waking up, Faith switched bodies with Buffy in an attempt to take over the other Slayer’s “perfect life”. When the body swap failed, Faith fled to Los Angeles, where, with the help of Angel, the Vampire With a Soul, she started on the road to atonement, and turned herself in to the Los Angeles Police Department for her various crimes. She pled guilty, and was sentenced to 25 years to life to cover all of her crimes.
During her incarceration at the Northern California Women’s Facility in Stockton, CA, Faith was a model prisoner whom everybody knew not to mess with, after spending the first month of her stay sending every “lesbo and mullet-head wanting to make a fish diet outta [her]” to the emergency room. Once inside, she even earned herself a G.E.D., and assisted various other inmates with their G.E.D.s. She met periodically with Angel (her “sponsor” who quickly became her best friend), and the two commiserated on their roads to redemption.
After Buffy’s death in 2001 (and with no new Vampire Slayer being Called), the Watcher’s Council, at the behest of Rupert Giles and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, arranged for Faith to be released from prison and sent to Sunnydale to cover the Hellmouth. The Council acquiesced, releasing Faith from jail in the fall of 2001 and reinstating Wesley as her Watcher.
Faith and Wes were both killed in action against the First Evil in 2003. While Wesley engaged the Bringers, Faith dealt with Caleb, the First’s strongest minion. At the end of the battle, Faith stood victorious over the body of her foe, but sustained mortal wounds during the fight. She died from her injuries a few hours later, having undeniably earned back the respect, trust and friendship of the Scooby Gang. With her death, the next Vampire Slayer, Kennedy Winston, was Called.
As a Vampire Slayer, Faith had all the usual powers of such, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, accelerated healing, the ability to sense supernatural activity, the collective memories of all past Slayers, precognitive dreams, and a natural proficiency with virtually all forms of weaponry and unarmed combat style. In addition to various stakes, swords, crossbows, and holy water, Faith has been known to use Molotov cocktail against vampires. She carries a Gil Hibben 1999 Jackal dagger as her personal weapon, along with a butterfly knife.
Dr. Wesley “Wes” Wyndam-Pryce, Ph.D. (KIA, 2003) Edit
Watcher to Faith Lehane, the Vampire Slayer, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was made Faith’s Watcher in 1999 fresh out of the Academy. He was fired later that year when Faith went rogue and teamed up with Sunnydale Mayor Richard Wilkins III. Upon his termination, Wesley began operating on his own as a “rogue demon hunter”. He was later invited to join Angel Investigations as a researcher and private investigator, alongside Angel, the Vampire With a Soul, and Sunnydale native Cordelia Chase, and later joined by Charles Gunn and Fred Burkle.
After Buffy’s death in 2001 (and with no new Vampire Slayer being Called), Wesley and Rupert Giles lobbied the Watcher’s Council to arrange for Faith’s release from prison and be sent to Sunnydale to cover the Hellmouth. The Council acquiesced, but demanded that Wesley join her in Sunnydale as her Watcher. Wes was informed of this decision by his father, senior Watcher Roger Wyndam-Pryce. With great reluctance, Wesley tendered his resignation from Angel Investigations to Angel in the fall of 2001.
Wes and Faith were both killed in action against the First Evil in 2003. While Faith dealt with Caleb, the First’s strongest minion, Wes engaged the Bringers. At the end of the battle, Wes’s body was found amongst scores of dead Bringers.
As a Watcher, Wesley possesses a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Demonology, and Mythology & Folklore from Oxford University. Wesley has average strength for a man his height and weight, although he’s become athletic due to the lifestyle he leads. Since he began working with Angel, his skills in martial arts and weaponry were honed to the point where he is completely capable of dispatching vampires (particularly fledgings) and demons. Unlike most supernatural fighters, Wesley also carries a gun (a M1911A1), with which he is a crack shot. He also has a minor talent for sorcery, and can conjure fireballs to his palm.
Angel, the Vampire With a Soul/Angelus, the Scourge of Europe/Liam Edit
One of the most famous vampires of all time, Angel is legendary for both his savage villainy and his great heroism. Born Liam in the year 1727 in Galway, Ireland, he was sired by Darla in 1753 and changed his name to Angelus and was dubbed the Scourge of Europe, earning notoriety for being one of the most sadistic and brutal demons in history, and the most evil vampire ever recorded, surpassing even his grandsire, the Master (Heinrich Joseph Nest). However, in 1898, Angelus was cursed by the members of Clan Kalderash as vengeance for killing a member of their clan. They returned his soul, forcing him to live eternally in guilt over the countless crimes he had committed.
In the late 20th century, Angel, as he began calling himself, became an ally and lover of the Vampire Slayer, Buffy Summers. After the two were forced to realize their limitations as a couple, Angel left Buffy and moved to Los Angeles, where he became a Champion and dedicated himself to “helping the helpless” in the hope of achieving atonement.
Angel is the founder of Angel Investigations, a PI firm that specializes in supernatural cases. Originally consisting of himself, Cordelia Chase, and the late Allen Francis Doyle, it has since grown to include Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (who resigned in 2001 to return to duty as Watcher to Faith Lehane, the Vampire Slayer), Charles Gunn, Fred Burkle, Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, and Dawn Summers.
Charles Gunn Edit
Winifred “Fred” Burkle Edit
Krevlornswath “Lorne” of the Deathwok Clan/the Host Edit
Spike/William the Bloody/William Pratt Edit
Born William Pratt in 1853, Spike was a famous and widely-feared vampire, well-known among both humans and demons for having faced and killed two Vampire Slayers throughout his unlife – Xin Rong in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion and Nikki Wood in 1977 New York City – and for his history of torturing his victims with railroad spikes (which earned him the moniker of “Spike”); in fact, his reputation for evil and bloodshed was second only to that of his grandsire Angelus’.
In his human life, William was an unsuccessful and unappreciated romantic poet known as William the Bloody, for his “bloody awful” poetry. After being sired by Drusilla in 1880, he reinvented himself and terrorized Europe alongside Drusilla, Angel and Darla throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. He became a Master Vampire in just over 100 years…the youngest Master Vampire since Angelus.
Spike first traveled to Sunnydale in 1997, accompanied by Drusilla. Though he quickly established himself as one of Buffy Summers’ most dangerous enemies, he was eventually forced into multiple uneasy alliances with her and her team, the Scooby Gang, after he was captured by the Initiative and implanted with a cerebral microchip that rendered him unable to harm humans. Eventually, Spike realized that he had fallen in love with Buffy and officially joined the Scooby Gang.
Spike was devastated by the death of Buffy, and even contemplated suicide. He eventually left Sunnydale because of all the memories.
Darla (d. 2001) Edit
The “miracle” son of Angel and Darla, Connor was conceived in February 2001 when Angel slept with Darla while going through a dark phase in a moment of perfect despair. He was born on November 19, 2001, when Darla staked herself because she was physiologically unable to give birth. Despite being theoretically impossible, Connor’s birth was prophesized in the Nyazian Scrolls, having foretold that he would kill the Granok demon Sahjhan when he reached adulthood.
After Darla’s death and Connor’s birth, he was raised jointly by the members of Angel Investigations (Angel, Cordelia, Gunn, Fred, and Lorne).
Drusilla “Dru” Edit
A vampire with psychic powers, Drusilla was tortured to insanity and sired by Angelus, who had murdered her entire family before her eyes in order to turn her into his “masterpiece”.
On May 12, 1998, Drusilla hypnotized Kendra Young, the Vampire Slayer, before slitting her throat with her fingernails; Kendra was her first Vampire Slayer kill.
Kennedy Winston, the Vampire Slayer (KIA, 2005) Edit
The Vampire Slayer called after the death of Faith Lehane in 2003. She spent almost two years as the Slayer before she was killed in the line of duty.
Shortly after her arrival in Sunnydale, Kennedy caused a small bump in the relationship of Willow Rosenberg and Tara Maclay. One night while patrolling one of Sunnydale’s many graveyards, the two of them were attacked by a small group of vampires. Kennedy and Willow made quick work out of them and before they knew it, the two women were locked in a passionate kiss, with Kennedy pressing Willow up against a headstone. It took a minute, but Willow came to her senses and broke off the kiss and explicitly told her that she had a girlfriend. A little disappointed, Kennedy nevertheless relented in her pursuit of the redheaded witch.
As a Vampire Slayer, Kennedy had all the usual powers of such, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, accelerated healing, the ability to sense supernatural activity, the collective memories of all past Slayers, precognitive dreams, and a natural proficiency with virtually all forms of weaponry and unarmed combat style.
Lieutenant Colonel Riley Finn, US Army Rangers Edit
Commanding Officer of the US Army Hostile Sub-Terrestrial Combat Unit, Lt. Col. Riley Finn was originally assigned as the military officer-in-charge to the Initiative in 1999 after finishing Ranger School. While stationed in Sunnydale, then-Capt. Finn used the time to work on his Master’s degree in Psychology. At the same time, he dated Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer. The Initiative came to an end in early 2000, when Riley’s CO, a civilian named Prof. Maggie Walsh, went rogue and created a Frankenstein monster she called Adam, which subsequently killed her and over 50% of the entire project.
After Adam was destroyed and the remainder of the Initiative was forced to stand down, Riley resigned his commission and stayed in Sunnydale to help Buffy and the Scooby Gang. However, after six months, Riley found civilian life too hard to adjust to and when the Army came calling, he answered them, and was assigned to the newly-created HST Combat Unit, which drew members from all branches of the military as well as the federal agencies and was detached to the United States Department of Magic, a subdivision of the Department of Defense (later transferred to Homeland Security).
Within a few months of joining the HSTCU, Riley met the team’s liaison to the FBI, Sam, and after a relatively short courtship, proposed and then essentially eloped. The two continue to serve together to this day, barring Sam’s two maternity leaves.
Riley has approached Xander Harris, now a member of the Army himself, to join his HST Combat Unit many times, but Xander steadfastly refuses to be a part of, in his opinion, a black-ops death squad.
As a senior officer in the United States Army, Riley has amassed a slew of awards and decorations, including three Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Colonel John H. “Hannibal” Smith, US Army Rangers Edit
Commanding Officer of Alpha Team, 75th Ranger Regiment, Col. Hannibal Smith is a highly-decorated Army Ranger.
In 2005, he served a tour of duty as an instructor at the Basic Officer Leadership Course. It was there that he met Xander Harris, a combat engineer who was attending Officer Candidate School. Xander impressed the Colonel, and upon completion of the course, the two became friendly acquaintances.
As an officer in the United States Army Rangers, Hannibal carries a Para-Ordnance P-14 Limited as his service weapon. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy, and has a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He’s also completed Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Mountain Warfare School, Sniper School, Ranger School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.
Lieutenant Commander Steven J. “Steve” McGarrett, USNR Edit
Commanding Officer of the Five-0 Task Force, Steve McGarrett is the son of John and Doris McGarrett, and the older brother of Mary McGarrett. He is named after his grandfather, Ensign Steven McGarrett, who served on the U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39) and died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1992, Doris is presumed dead in a bombing after John, the new Commander of HPD Organized Crime Unit, began investigating the Yakuza. Fearful for his family, John sent Steve and Mary to the mainland. Steve graduated from high school in 1994, when he was accepted into the Naval Academy. Steve was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1998, and completed BUD/S in 2001.
In 2010, John was murdered by Victor Hesse, an international arms dealer whose brother, Anton, Steve had just captured in North Korea. In response, the Governor of Hawaii Pat Jameson created the Five-0 Task Force to investigate major crimes ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, and appointed Steve the Commanding Officer. He has since made an enemy out of international crime boss Wo-Fat, whom Steve finally killed in 2014.
As an officer of the United States Navy, Steve carries a SIG-Sauer P226 Navy in 9x19mm as his personal sidearm and drives a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards. He lives in his father’s old house in Honolulu, and is currently dating Lt. Catherine Rollins, a Navy Intelligence Officer.