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Don't you understand? I've killed dozens of Slayers. Your life is not a blink of my eye, not a single breath. I have lived in the shadows, in the pulsing filth behind men's eyes. I have conversed with the worms that fed on my corpse and I have bathed in the blood of emperors.

Lothos was a vampire master and the first significant enemy of the Slayer Buffy Summers.[1]


Lothos was a vampire allegedly born in the eleventh or twelfth century[2] who had been responsible for the deaths of dozens of Slayers.[1] Five Slayers known to had died in his hands were: a barmaid and a noblewoman in Europe during the Dark Ages, a prostitute in China in the 18th century, an Indian princess, and a Magyar peasant.[3]

Having tracked the latest Slayer of 1996 — the newly-called Buffy Summers —, he attempted to sire her Watcher, Merrick, to learn who she was or even kill her, but Merrick shot himself first to avoid risking her life.[2] Although, one of Lothos's new subjects, Benny, directed Lothos to the gym where Buffy's school dance would happen.[1]

In a final confrontation outside the gym, Buffy defeated Lothos by burning him with a cross — subsequently using her hairspray as a makeshift flamethrower — and then staking him. She proclaimed his defeat as being for both Merrick and the girl she'd been before becoming the Slayer.[1]

Powers and abilities[]

Lothos was a powerful vampire, claiming to have killed numerous Slayers throughout his unlife. His age granted him physical abilities superior to other vampires. Lothos also possessed the power of hypnosis, which he used to paralyze Buffy; this made her pause for a few seconds before she was somehow able to overcome his power, something one had never done before.[1]  


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