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She's only programmed to be in love.
―Warren Mears[src]

April was a robot created by Warren Mears to be his girlfriend. After he abandoned her, April sought Warren through Sunnydale until her battery died.[1]

Biography[]

Creation[]

April was created by Warren Mears to love and obey him. He eventually became bored with her predictability and realized that he didn't love her back. Warren left her in his dorm room, hoping her batteries would eventually run out.[1]

Sunnydale[]

I'm looking for Warren. Do you know where Warren is? And if you do, could you tell me?
―April[src]

April, however, went to Sunnydale to find her creator. She appeared at a college party Warren was attending with his current girlfriend, Katrina Silber, and asked around for him. As Warren escaped, Spike flirted with April in an attempt to make Buffy Summers jealous. April reacted violently, throwing the vampire out a window before the crowd. Stunned by this, Spike departed, remarking that he felt sorry for Warren.[1]

Simultaneously amused by Spike's pain and shocked at April's erratic behavior, Buffy confronted April and attempted to reason with her, but April simply knocked her to the ground, immediately apologizing afterward before leaving.[1]

Through these events, Buffy and the Scoobies quickly deduced April's true nature. Though they didn't view her as any kind of immediate threat, they did realize that they had to track down Warren and get him to April before any humans got on her bad side. Buffy successfully tracked down Warren while April continued her search.[1]

Shutting down[]

April eventually captured Katrina and confronted Warren and Buffy at the park. Out of self-preservation, Warren told April that he loved Buffy, causing April to attack her in a jealous rage. After a brief fight, the Slayer managed to cause damage to April's circuitry, but she was barely slowed down. Eventually, April overpowered Buffy and began to throttle her, but the damage to her circuits, combined with her deteriorating batteries, took its toll.[1]

Buffy decided to stay with the dying April, and comforted her over Warren's departure. April remarked to Buffy that "It's always darkest just before the dawn." However, she shut down before she could finish the phrase.[1]

Legacy[]

Due to her encounter with April, Buffy realized that she didn't need a man in her life and decided to focus on her family issues, subsequently calling Ben to cancel a date that the two had made earlier. Buffy also remarked to Xander that April was not a crazed robot, but simply was trying her best to make the person she loved happy.[1]

In addition, inspired by April,[1] Spike forced Warren to make the Buffybot, a gynoid based on Buffy programmed to love him.[2]

Personality and traits[]

Crying is blackmail. Good girlfriends don't cry.
―April[src]

April was programmed by Warren to display a cheerful, supportive and somewhat submissive personality. She was blindly devoted and loyal to Warren, going as far as attacking Spike after he gave her an indecent proposal. She retained a pleasant and sunny disposition and her speaking patterns were delivered in a rather direct fashion similar to the ex-demon Anya who herself claimed April "speaks with a strange evenness and selects her words a shade too precisely" in her own words.[1]

Her programming included folders and files such as "Make Warren Happy," "Places to Rub," "Listen Sympathetically," "Give Him Presents," "Oral Sex (File 1 of 7)," "Praise" and "Protect Warren."[1]

Powers and abilities[]

Ow. I don't know about you guys, but I've had it with super-strong little women who aren't me.
―Buffy[src]

April possessed superhuman strength, being able to lift Spike and throw him out a window. She also proved deadly in a fight when she broke the side of a see-saw and used it as a weapon against Buffy. Her programming allowed her to enable "combat mode," when she could use a selection of files different fighting styles, such as Kung Fu, Judo, Karate, and street fighting. When angered, April also could emit a growl.[1]

Like the Buffybot,[3] certain injuries could cause flaws in her system and she required to be recharged, something she was not programmed to do herself.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

  • She was portrayed by Shonda Farr.
  • The part was originally to be played by Britney Spears, but scheduling conflicts forced Spears to back out.[4]

Appearances[]

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 "I Was Made to Love You"
  2. "Intervention"
  3. "Bargaining, Part One"
  4. Vanessa Sibbald, "'Buffy' Nerds Embrace the Dark Side". Zap2it, December 22, 2001. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
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