- “She's an anomaly that no one could have foreseen — tortured, traumatized… Driven insane by Yoda-knows-who.”
- ―Andrew Wells[src]
- “She's an innocent victim.”
Dana's background remains unrevealed. Like many hundreds of girls, she was born a Potential Slayer, though she was never identified by the Watchers Council. When she was 10 years old, her family was murdered in her home by a psychopath named Walter Kindel, who kidnapped her and kept her caged in the basement of a distillery. For months, Kindel drugged and tortured Dana until she managed to escape. She was found naked and bleeding, nearly catatonic, and taken to a psychiatric hospital; her ordeal at Kindel's hands left her traumatized beyond treatment.
- “Can't hurt me anymore”
After 15 years at the hospital, her condition changed when Willow performed the spell that activated the powers of all living Potential Slayers. Dana became frenzied and violent; not even Thorazine antipsychotic medication was enough to subdue her. All Slayers had a connection to the lives of the Slayers before them, and these memories came to them in dreams, but Dana's unstable mental state caused her to experience these visions while awake. She acted reviving moments from deceased Slayers for brief periods of time, even speaking in their native tongues, and made drawings of various girls killing demons.
The doctor attending her case, Rabinaw, taped his sessions with Dana and kept his recordings a secret, as he planned to write a book on her. Eventually, Dana escaped thanks to her superhuman strength and because a nurse gave her the wrong drug; she murdered a male nurse in the process and painting her face with his blood. Disoriented, Dana returned to the distillery where she had been tortured, though on the way she murdered several men.
Spike, who initially believed Dana was possessed by a demon because she spoke in tongues, tracked the Slayer. However he was captured by Dana, who had recognized him from her dreams because he killed Xin Rong and Nikki Wood, though in her state of mind she had come to believe Spike and Walter Kindel were one and the same. Dana used the same drugs Kindel had used on her to subdue Spike and cut off his hands with a saw. Spike, desperate, explains that he, while he had done many horrible things, had never done anything to her; while Dana realizes this, she doesn't seem to care and tries to decapitate Spike, but Angel stops her and explains that the man who tortured her was killed while attempting to rob a liquor store. Still upset, Dana attacks Angel and is ultimately tranquilized by Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.
Dana's unconscious body was taken by Wolfram & Hart Special Operations Team, though they were interrupted by Andrew Wells and a team of Slayers from the Slayer Organization, who had been sent by Buffy Summers to retrieve Dana under any means necessary. Understanding that the Scooby Gang no longer trusted them, Angel agreed to hand over Dana to Andrew.
Proceeding this, Angel and a hospitalized Spike discussed Dana. Spike believed she was too far gone for the Scoobies to help, she was a monster just like the two of them. Angel remarked that she was an innocent victim, but Spike remarked that even they were innocent victims at one point.
Powers and abilities
- “Strong. Slayer.”
Dana possesses the power of a regular Slayer: superhuman strength, speed, accelerated healing, prophetic dreams, enhanced agility, durability and reflexes. She also appeared to be more in tune with the Slayer "subconscious" than other Slayers; while most only experienced occasional dreams of their predecessors and a broad general knowledge of combat, Dana was shown to access specific Slayer memories, such as drawing on the memories of the ones Spike had killed while confronting him.
Personality and traits
- “The destruction of a human being. I would've considered Dana a masterpiece.”
Due to her extremely traumatic experience at Kindel's hands, Dana developed a paranoid and violent personality, which was exacerbated by the dreams she experienced as a potential Slayer. These visions caused her to lose her already tenuous hold on reality, confusing the events in the lives of previous Slayers with those of her own and merging the identity of her attacker with those of the past Slayers' fiercest opponents, such as Spike. However, although her brutality allowed her to tear through most opponents, her madness hampered her ability to deal with Angel when he went up against her with a definite plan of attack in mind rather than Spike's traditional "brute force" approach.
Behind the scenes