Sunnydale High and College
Holden was a classmate of Buffy Summers in European History. During his junior year, he did the lighting design for the spring production of Pippin. Buffy helped him move the lighting board, but he dropped it on her foot. He was friends with Scott Hope, Jason Wheeler, and Tricia Waldman.
After high school, he attended Dartmouth College where he was majoring in Psychology and took two years of Tae Kwon Do. During this time, he took a year off to do an internship at the Sunnydale Mental Hospital.
He was sired by Spike while under the influence of The First, along with a myriad of other people. Buffy, the Slayer, arrived to his grave to slay him. The two noticed each other and decided to cease fighting to catch up and talk. Holden counselled Buffy about her issues with men and her superiority complex among her friends. Holden then attacked Buffy when she was caught off-guard and the two took the fight into a mausoleum where they continued to talk about her issues. Holden finally concluded that Buffy will never be able to connect with others before she mentioned Spike, whom Holden acknowledged as his sire. Buffy then staked him, shocked at the realization that Spike was harming humans.