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India Cohen was a Slayer and the immediate predecessor of Buffy Summers. She was described as a slayer of water. Her watcher was Christopher Botwell, whom she called "Kit".


India was born in 1978 in North Carolina. Her father was an officer in the U. S. Navy and her mother was a popular actress in the Philippines. She had some doubts about her parentage, speculating that her real father could not marry her mother for some reason. She was called as a Slayer in 1993 while she was living in Japan where her father, a submarine commander, was stationed. Together with her watcher, she traveled all over Japan slaying vampires. India witnessed Spike and Drusilla during this time, but they never encountered India directly. Over a few years, India and her Watcher Christopher fell in love, but had to keep it a secret from the Watchers Council. Christopher even brought her a dog, which she named Mariposa.

In 1996, India and her family returned to America and went to California. There, wanderer mummies attacked and tried to steal India's soul. India fended them off, but they captured her watcher and Mariposa. India sacrificed herself so that she could save her only family. The Wanderer killed India and released Kit and her dog. It wasn't until after she died that Kit realized his true feelings for her. He contacted a woman called Cecille Lafitte, who turned out to be a voodoo priestess living inside another woman's body. She presented herself as a psychic who could help him contact India and he believed every word she said. Cecille brainwashed him and made him a servant of the Gatherer without him really knowing what was going on. He then came into his final contact with India when, in a final showdown, India inhabited the body of Willow Rosenberg. She apologized and threw herself off of a cliff to save Buffy Summers and Faith Lehane, yet somehow, though killing her spirit, left Willow completely intact. When India was killed in San Diego, California, Buffy was called as the slayer in Los Angeles. She apparently came into contact with The Master, as he commented on how Buffy was "prettier than the last one" though he may have just been referencing the last one that he had personally met and not the last slayer before Buffy.


Preceded by:

eventually Peri Bohr

The Slayer,
Succeeded by:
Buffy Summers
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