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Can't even shout.
Can't even cry.
The Gentlemen are coming by.
Looking in windows,
knocking on doors...
They need to take seven
and they might take yours...
Can't call to Mom.
Can't say a word.
You're gonna die screaming
but you won't be heard.
Girl in Buffy's dream[src]

The Gentlemen were a group of demons known from fairy tales. They roamed from town to town stealing voices in order to gather seven human hearts. They were served by a group of demonic footmen dressed in straitjackets who did all the fighting and muscle-work for them.[1]


Rupert Giles had a book with a folktale in which the Gentlemen stole the voices of a kingdom before the princess screamed, causing them to die.[1]

In 1999, Buffy Summers, the Slayer, had a prophetic ‎dream about the Gentlemen's arrival in town. A group of six demons came to Sunnydale in the same night and made all inhabitants silent, gathering their voices inside a box. They stayed in a clock tower and managed to collect five hearts, two of them from UC Sunnydale students and one from a fifteen year old girl.[1]

Buffy fought the Gentlemen in the tower with help from the Initiative soldier Riley Finn. Riley freed their voices breaking the box, which allowed Buffy to explode their heads with a scream.[1]


The Gentlemen were bald, pale humanoids that never spoke, but were always grinning through metallic teeth. They wore black suits and carried satchels with scalpels in them, with which to remove the hearts they required. They did not walk, but instead hovered about a foot above the ground, standing straight. They had yellow blood, as seen when the sound of a voice made their heads explode.[1]

True to their name, they tended to act and carry themselves very elegantly and politely; gesturing gracefully, kindly passing the scalpel during a heart extraction and applauding another Gentleman each time they added a heart to the collection.[1]

They were completely silent, never uttering a single word or sound even when in seeming agony upon their defeat.[1]

Powers and abilities[]

  • Durability — According to the book Giles researched, no known weapon was able to kill the Gentlemen, except for a loud human voice.[1]
  • Levitation — The Gentlemen were able to hover above the ground instead of walking.[1]
  • Voice manipulation — They stole the voices of every inhabitant upon arrival in a new town through a magical box.[1]

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