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|Owner(s) = The [[Slayer]]
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{{Quote|It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield.|Glyphs engraved upon the wall of an old church.}}
 
   
'''Mʔ''', often referred to as the '''Scythe''', was an ancient weapon designed for the [[Slayer]], with a wooden stake on the handle. Its name was "Mʔ", "ʔ" being the symbol for a [[Wikipedia:Glottal stop|glottal stop]]. It embodied the mystical [[Shadow demon|essence]] of the Slayer. Slayers who wielded it were capable of sensing its innate power and felt an initial sense of ownership.
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{{Quote|It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield.|Glyphs engraved upon the wall of [[Gilroy mission]].}}
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'''Mʔ''', often symbolically referred to as the '''Scythe''', was an ancient weapon designed for the [[Slayer]], embodying their [[Magic|mystical]] essence. Despite the Slayer of any time had the right over it, [[Sineya]], [[Buffy Summers]], and [[Melaka Fray]] were the only known owners of the weapon.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Origins===
 
===Origins===
{{Quote|A weapon. A scythe. Forged in secrecy for one like you...|The [[Last Guardian]]|End of Days}}[[File:Scythe.png|thumb|The scythe embedded in solid rock.]]
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{{Quote|A weapon. A scythe. Forged in secrecy for one like you…|The [[Last Guardian]]|End of Days}}
In prehistoric Africa, a group of powerful mystic women (The [[Guardians]]) secretly forged The Scythe for The First [[Slayer]] to kill the last of the [[Old Ones]] that walked the earth. It was kept hidden from the [[Shadow Men]], who <span style="font-size:14px;">watched the Slayers and would</span><span style="font-size:14px;"> later become the </span>[[Watchers Council]]<span style="font-size:14px;">. The Guardians became watchers of sorts to the </span>[[Watchers]]<span style="font-size:14px;">, and sought to help and protect the Slayers. These women put the Scythe in a rock, for when the time came and it was needed again, the Slayer would find and use it.</span><ref name=endofdays>"[[End of Days]]"</ref>
 
   
===21st Century===
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[[File:Scythe.png|thumb|The scythe embedded in solid rock.|left]]
{{Quote|It’s old... It’s strong and it feels like... Like it’s mine.|[[Faith Lehane]]|End of Days}}[[File:Slayeractivationspell2.png|thumb|Willow uses the scythe to activate slayers all around the world.]]
 
In 2003, the [[Scooby Gang]] were researching ways to defeat the [[First Evil]], and [[Spike]] found an inscription carved in stone, in a secret room in an abandoned mission in Gilroy, which translated to "It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield." [[Buffy Summers]] found the Scythe in a [[Sunnydale]] vineyard and pulled it out of the rock.<ref>"[[Touched]]"</ref> With this weapon in her hands, Buffy managed to kill [[Caleb]]—who had merged with the First Evil and was extremely powerful. Later, [[Willow Rosenberg]], using the power of the Scythe, performed a [[Slayer Activation spell|spell]] that activated all [[Potential Slayers]] around the world, making them full-fledged Slayers. Buffy and the Slayers then shared the Scythe among them to defeat the numerous [[Turok-Han]] in the depths of the [[Hellmouth]].<ref name=Chsn>"[[Chosen]]"</ref>
 
   
Several months later, Buffy was still in possession of the Scythe, and used it to rescue her friend Willow from the U.S. military, injuring many soldiers in the process.<ref>"[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]"</ref> It was then stolen by the [[vampire]], [[Toru]],<ref name=":2">[[Wolves at the Gate, Part One]]</ref> who wanted to reverse the spell Willow did to activate the potential Slayers of the world. After Buffy recovered the Scythe, it crossed its own timeline as Buffy was summoned to the future of Haddyn.<ref>"[[Time of Your Life, Part One]]"</ref>
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In prehistoric Africa, a group of powerful mystic women, who called themselves the [[Guardians]], secretly forged the Scythe for the First Slayer, Sineya, to kill the last of the [[Old One]]s that walked upon the [[Earth]]. The weapon was kept hidden from the [[Shadowmen]], as well as their later formation into the [[Watchers Council]]. The Guardians magically embedded the Scythe in a rock, for when the time came and it was needed again, the Slayer would find and use it.<ref name="endofdays">"[[End of Days]]"</ref>
   
In the battle of Sunnydale, Buffy, reeling from the death of [[Rupert Giles]], used the scythe to break the [[Seed of Wonder]], the heart of magic, which in turn, broke the scythe.<ref>"[[Last Gleaming, Part Five]]"</ref> After moving to [[San Francisco]], Buffy kept the ruined Scythe in a chest. However, the Scythe was soon taken by Willow, who believed it to be the key to restoring magic; using the residual magic in the Scythe as a "battery", she carved various sigils on [[Connor]] with the Scythe, performing a ritual that allowed her to access [[Quor'toth]].<ref>"[[Family Reunion, Part One]]"</ref> After succeeding in restoring her magic within Quor'toth, due to Giles holding the Scythe during his death, Willow allowed [[Angel]] to absorb the fragments of Giles' soul that still latched onto it so that he could continue his quest to [[Resurrection|resurrect]] him via a [[Tooth of Ammuk]].<ref>"[[Family Reunion, Part Four]]"</ref>
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According to [[Rupert Giles]], the Scythe had been named "mʔ". While "ʔ" was the international phonetics alphabet symbol for glottal stop, it was likely that it represented a hieroglyph thought to symbolize a sickle or a scythe, which in turn are symbols of death. This was present in carvings in Egypt, throughout the ancient world and in pagan temples, such as the [[Guardian's tomb]].<ref name="endofdays" />
   
Later in Willow's journey, the Scythe was restored by the witch [[Vulcana]] (an associate of [[Aluwyn]]) who referred to it as a counterpart of [[Excalibur]]. With the Scythe now at full power, Willow could easily cut rifts between any two worlds with magic. <ref name=":0">"[[Wonderland, Part Three]]"</ref>
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===21st century===
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{{Quote|It’s old… It’s strong and it feels like… Like it’s mine.|Faith Lehane|End of Days}}
   
When Willow returned to Earth, she returned the Scythe to Buffy. During her battle with the newly-[[Slaypire|vampiric]] [[Simone Doffler]], Simone easily outmatched Buffy and impaled her through the shoulder with the Scythe<ref>"[[The Core, Part Four]]</ref>. Despite her wounds and Simone's superior abilities, Buffy eventually gained the upper hand and used the Scythe to stake Simone, openly admitting her regret that she ever used the Scythe to make Simone a Slayer in the first place<ref>"[[The Core, Part Five]]"</ref>.
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====Discovery====
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In 2003, the [[Scooby Gang]] were researching ways to defeat the threat of the [[First Evil]], and discovered its servant [[Caleb]] had been in [[Gilroy mission|a mission in Gilroy]]. [[Spike]] went there to investigate, and [[Unidentified monk|a monk]] showed him an inscription carved in the stone of a secret room, words that angered Caleb once he read them. Originally in Latin, they translated to "It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield."<ref>"[[Empty Places]]"</ref> At the time, the Slayer Buffy Summers reasoned that Caleb was protecting something crucial at the [[Shadow Valley Vineyards]], his base of operations. She found the Scythe and pulled it out of the rock with ease, contrary to Caleb's expectations.<ref>"[[Touched]]"</ref>
   
===23rd Century===
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Researching on the weapon online, [[Willow Rosenberg]] found at ''[[History of the Axe]]'' the name "mʔ", which Giles identified as a symbol for a scythe in ancient Egypt; as it was a common symbol of death, this directed Buffy to a pagan tomb in Sunnydale. There, she found the [[Last Guardian]], who told her about the history of the Scythe, before being killed by Caleb.<ref name="endofdays" /> With this weapon in her hands, Buffy finally managed to kill Caleb — even after he merged with the First Evil and had received its empowerment.<ref name="Chsn" />
{{Quote|That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.|Melaka Fray|Tales}}
 
[[File:Scythe_broken.jpg|thumb|left|The Scythe Broken.]]Sometime in the 23rd century, the Scythe was given to [[Melaka Fray]], the
 
Slayer of that time, by her ally, the [[demon]] [[Urkonn]]. Melaka used it to defeat dozens of vampires led by her vampire brother [[Harth Fray]], as well as the Old One [[Neauth]], saving the world.
 
   
Some time later, during her battle with Fray, a time-displaced Buffy smashed the Scythe clean in half with a backhanded punch.<ref name=":1">"[[Time of Your Life, Part Four]]"</ref>
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[[File:Slayeractivationspell.png|thumb|Willow uses the scythe to activate slayers all around the world.]]
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Later, [[Willow Rosenberg]], using the power of the Scythe, performed [[Slayer activation spell|a spell]] that activated all [[Potential Slayer]]s around the world, making them full-fledged Slayers. Buffy and the Slayers then shared the Scythe among them to defeat the numerous [[Turok-Han]] in the depths of the [[Hellmouth]].<ref name="Chsn">"[[Chosen]]"</ref>
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Several months later, Buffy was still in possession of the Scythe, and used it to rescue her friend Willow from the U.S. military, injuring many soldiers in the process.<ref>''[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]''</ref> It was then stolen by the [[vampire]], [[Toru]],<ref name=":2">''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part One]]''</ref> who wanted to reverse the [[spell]] Willow did to activate the potential Slayers of the world. After Buffy recovered the Scythe, it crossed its own timeline as Buffy was summoned to the future of Haddyn.<ref name=":5">''[[Time of Your Life, Part One]]''</ref>
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In the battle of Sunnydale, Buffy, reeling from the death of Rupert Giles, used the scythe to break the [[Seed of Wonder]], the heart of magic, which in turn, broke the scythe.<ref name=":3" />
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After moving to San Francisco, Buffy kept the ruined Scythe in a chest. However, the Scythe was soon taken by Willow, who believed it to be the key to restoring magic; using the residual magic in the Scythe as a "battery", she carved various sigils on [[Connor]] with the Scythe, performing a ritual that allowed her to access [[Quor'toth]].<ref name=":7">''[[Family Reunion, Part One]]''</ref> After succeeding in restoring her magic within Quor'toth, due to Giles holding the Scythe during his death, Willow allowed [[Angel]] to absorb the fragments of Giles' [[soul]] that still latched onto it so that he could continue his quest to [[Resurrection|resurrect]] him via a [[Tooth of Ammuk]].<ref>''[[Family Reunion, Part Four]]''</ref>
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====Restoration====
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In Willow's journey, the Scythe was restored by the witch [[Vulcana]], an associate of [[Aluwyn]], who referred to it as a counterpart of [[Excalibur]]. With the Scythe now at full power, Willow could easily cut rifts between any two worlds with magic.<ref name=":0">''[[Wonderland, Part Three]]''</ref>
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When Willow returned to the [[Earth]] [[dimension]], she returned the Scythe to Buffy. During her battle with the newly [[slaypire]] [[Simone Doffler]], Simone easily outmatched Buffy and impaled her through the shoulder with the Scythe.<ref>''[[The Core, Part Four]]''</ref> Despite her wounds and Simone's superior abilities, Buffy eventually gained the upper hand and used the Scythe to stake Simone, openly admitting her regret that she ever used the Scythe to make Simone a Slayer in the first place.<ref>''[[The Core, Part Five]]''</ref>
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Buffy then had the opportunity to use the weapon in less apocalyptic circumstances — such as destroying [[flesh golem]]s in a cemetery,<ref>''[[Love Dares You, Part One]]''</ref> and wrestling a vampire for [[VampCon]]<ref>''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part One]]''</ref> —, constantly carrying the Scythe for various battles and patrols, but otherwise keeping it on her own bedroom.<ref>''[[Triggers]]''</ref> In Oakland, the [[Sculptor]] proposed Andrew to rob the weapon from Buffy in exchange for a body for the holographic [[Jonathan (copy)|Jonathan]], replacing it with a copy. At the time of the exchange, Andrew had made his choice and arrived with the Scooby Gang, who attacked the Sculptor, successfully killing the [[demon]] lord.<ref>''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three]]''</ref>
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Under the [[Supernatural Crisis Act]], Buffy was taken to the [[Safe Zone]] in solidarity with the vampire Spike and the witch Willow. She was allowed to maintain her Scythe with her under the second amendment,<ref>''[[A House Divided]]''</ref> and used it during her patrols as a trustee peacekeeper.<ref>''[[Desperate Measures]]''</ref><ref>''[[Back to the Wall]]''</ref> In investigation on the [[Pandora Project]], the Scooby Gang planned invading the Safe Zone headquarters, but Buffy had gave up her powers for her freedom, so she lent the Scythe once again to Faith.<ref name=":8" /> Buffy received the weapon back as soon as she recuperated her powers.<ref name=":9" />
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Later, they were able to fight the Pandora Project's leader, [[Joanna Wise]], who had turned herself into a magic-infused cyborg, and much stronger than Buffy. To protect the Earth against Wise's destructive plans, Buffy performed with Willow a [[Slayer power spell]], in reverse to the activation of the Potential Slayers they had done years later. Willow explained that Buffy had shared what made her special with all Potentials, and the power had grown in each of them. Using the Scythe, Willow was able to put the grown powers of thousands of Slayers back in Buffy, giving her the ability to even cut magic with its blade.<ref name=":10">''[[Revelations (comic)|Revelations]]''</ref> After defeating Wise and eventually healing herself, Buffy and Willow used the Scythe to return all the power back.<ref name=":11">''[[One Girl in All the World]]''</ref>
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One year later, to defeat an army of demons during the [[Reckoning]], Willow and Buffy began to once again use the Scythe to combine the power of all the Slayers into Buffy. Although, this was interrupted when [[Harth Fray]] intercepted them with an original [[Shadowmen's staff]] and, interlocking it into the Scythe, channeled the power into himself.<ref>''[[The Reckoning]]''</ref> The Slayer connection, though, was too much for the [[vampire]] to handle, and he was killed in this moment of vulnerability. His death allowed the power to flow from him back to its owners, and this new Reckoning changed the future into the collective Slayer line continuing up to the 23rd century.<ref>''[[Finale]]''</ref>
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===23rd century===
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{{Quote|That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.|Melaka Fray|Tales (story)}}
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Sometime in the 23rd century, the demon [[Urkonn of the D'Avvrus]] gave the Scythe to Melaka Fray, the Slayer of that time.<ref name=":6">''[[Alarums]]''</ref> She used it to defeat dozens of vampires led by her vampire brother [[Harth Fray|Harth]], as well as the Old One [[Neauth]].<ref>''[[All Hell]]''</ref> She found out an abandoned apartment full of past [[Watchers Diaries]] with an illustration of the Scythe on its floor.<ref name=":13">''[[Tales (story)|Tales]]''</ref>
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Some time later, during her battle with Fray, a time-displaced Buffy smashed the Scythe clean in half with a backhanded punch.<ref name=":1">''[[Time of Your Life, Part Four]]''</ref>
   
 
==Appearance and qualities==
 
==Appearance and qualities==
[[File:MelakaScythe.jpg|thumb]]
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[[File:MelakaScythe.jpg|thumb|left|Melaka first wields the Scythe.|140px]]
Despite its name, the Scythe actually resembled a lochaber axe with a red, steel head and a sliver edge on the border of the blade, a steel shaft holding the head with nails stamped along it and reaching down was a brown haft that had a simple wooden stake below it connected via an assembly of metal spikes. Its stake seemed apparently sharper and stronger than basic wood as it could be jammed against a stone wall without any visible damage to it afterwards.<ref name=endofdays/>Buffy could easily stake several Turok-Han vampires despite their harder sternums.<ref name=endofdays/><ref name=Chsn/> Buffy also used the Scythe's blade to shield herself from D'Hoffryn's energy blasts.<ref>''[[Own It, Part Four]]''</ref>
 
   
Willow displayed the capacity of the Scythe to be used in magic. The weapon itself is like a "battery" that contained magic even if the Earth itself didn't have any magic left. This fact allowed Willow to use the Scythe's power to tear open a rift in reality to gain access to Quor'toth. She used the power of the Scythe to activate every single Potential Slayer on Earth. The Scythe could also be used to tear open portals to other dimensions and could even be used as a means to cast very powerful spells, such as immense streams of magic power that can match the strength of an Old One.
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Despite its name, the Scythe actually resembled a lochaber axe with a red, steel head, and a sliver edge on the border of the blade. A steel shaft hold the head with nails stamped along it, and, connected via an assembly of metal spikes, a brown haft with a simple wooden stake in its other extremity.
   
The Scythe's metal was initially red with silver blade<ref name="endofdays" />. Since it was restored, it was changed to be completely red<ref name=":0" />, and this aspect is preserved as well in 23rd century<ref>''[[Tales]]''</ref>. This differentiation didn't happen during Buffy's time travel, when both Buffy's and Fray's scythes had its original colors<ref name=":1" />.
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Its stake seemed apparently sharper and stronger than basic wood, as it could be jammed against a stone wall without any visible damage to it afterwards.<ref name="endofdays" /> Buffy could easily use it to stake several Turok-Han vampires despite their harder sternums,<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name="Chsn" /> as well as use its blade to shield herself from [[D'Hoffryn]]'s energy blasts.<ref name=":12">''[[Own It, Part Four]]''</ref> The blade was also capable to simply rebound the rays from a [[ray gun]].<ref>''[[The Gateway]]''</ref>
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Some [[demon]] carapaces exhibited resistance to its blade, such as the [[Morituri]]<ref>''[[Old Demons, Part One]]''</ref> and [[Vermis mysteriis]].<ref>''[[The Spread of Their Evil]]''</ref> D'Hoffryn, while having the ''Vampyr'' book and its magic rules under his control, was resistant to the Scythe's attack,<ref name=":12" /> but was hurt and eventually decapitated with it under normal circumstances.<ref>''[[Own It, Part Five]]''</ref> The Scythe was capable of breaking the Seed of Wonder, although being destroyed in return.<ref name=":3" /> Notably, Buffy herself was capable to destroy Fray's future counterpart Scythe with a single punch.<ref name=":1" />
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[[File:Scythe Portals.jpg|thumb|right|Willow slashing open portals with the Scythe.]]
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Willow displayed the capacity of the Scythe to be used in magic. She used its the power to activate every single Potential Slayer on Earth,<ref name="Chsn" /> as well as to retrieve<ref name=":10" /> and eventually give back the power of the Slayers.<ref name=":11" /> The weapon itself also contained magic even after the [[end of magic]], which allowed the [[witch]] to use the Scythe's power to tear open a rift in reality to gain access to Quor'toth.<ref name=":7" /> The Scythe could also be used to tear open portals to other dimensions, and could even be used as a means to cast very powerful spells, such as immense streams of magic power that can match the strength of an Old One.<ref>''[[Family Reunion, Part Three]]''</ref>
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The Scythe's metal was initially red with silver blade.<ref name="endofdays" /> Since it was restored, it was changed to be completely red,<ref name=":0" /> and this aspect is preserved as well in 23rd century.<ref name=":13" /><ref name=":6" /> For some reason, this differentiation didn't happen during Buffy's time travel, when both Buffy's and Fray's scythes had its original colors.<ref name=":5" />
   
 
==Wielders==
 
==Wielders==
 
The following Slayers have wielded the Scythe:
 
The following Slayers have wielded the Scythe:
*[[Sineya]] (The First Slayer was also the first to wield the scythe- to kill the last pure demon that walked upon the Earth in prehistoric [[Sunnydale]].)
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*[[Sineya]]<ref name="endofdays" />
 
*[[Buffy Summers]]<ref name="endofdays" />
 
*[[Buffy Summers]]<ref name="endofdays" />
*[[Faith Lehane]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name="Chsn" /><ref name=":3">''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''</ref><ref>''[[Ordinary People, Part Eight|Ordinary People]]''</ref><ref>''[[The Great Escape, Part Nine|The Great Escape]]''</ref>
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*[[Faith Lehane]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name="Chsn" /><ref name=":3">''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''</ref><ref name=":8">''[[Ordinary People]]''</ref><ref name=":9">''[[The Great Escape]]''</ref>
 
*[[Kennedy]]<ref name="Chsn" />
 
*[[Kennedy]]<ref name="Chsn" />
 
*[[Rona]]<ref name="Chsn" />
 
*[[Rona]]<ref name="Chsn" />
*[[Satsu]]<ref name=":4">[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Four|''Wolves at the Gate, Part Four'']]</ref>
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*[[Satsu]]<ref name=":4">''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Four]]''</ref>
 
*[[Simone Doffler]]<ref>''[[The Core, Part Four]]''</ref><ref>''[[The Core, Part Five]]''</ref>
 
*[[Simone Doffler]]<ref>''[[The Core, Part Four]]''</ref><ref>''[[The Core, Part Five]]''</ref>
*[[Jordan]]<ref>''[[Disempowered, Part Seven|Disempowered]]''</ref>
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*[[Jordan]]<ref>''[[Disempowered]]''</ref>
 
*[[Melaka Fray]]<ref>''[[Alarums]]''</ref>
 
*[[Melaka Fray]]<ref>''[[Alarums]]''</ref>
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Others:
 
Others:
 
*[[Rupert Giles]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name=":3" />
 
*[[Rupert Giles]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name=":3" />
*[[Willow Rosenberg]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name="Chsn" /><ref>''[[Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Season 9)|Slayer, Interrupted]]''</ref><ref>''[[Family Reunion]]''</ref><ref>''[[Willow: Wonderland]]''</ref><ref>''[[Welcome to the Team, Part Four]]''</ref>
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]<ref name="endofdays" /><ref name="Chsn" /><ref>''[[Slayer, Interrupted (2012)|Slayer, Interrupted]]''</ref><ref>"[[Family Reunion]]"</ref><ref>''[[Willow: Wonderland]]''</ref><ref>''[[Welcome to the Team, Part Four]]''</ref>
 
*[[Last Guardian]]<ref name="endofdays" />
 
*[[Last Guardian]]<ref name="endofdays" />
 
*[[Caleb]]<ref name="endofdays" />
 
*[[Caleb]]<ref name="endofdays" />
*[[Toru]]<ref name=":2" /><ref>[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Three|''Wolves at the Gate, Part Three'']]</ref><ref name=":4" />
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*[[Toru]]<ref name=":2" /><ref>''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Three]]''</ref><ref name=":4" />
 
*[[Kumiko Ishihara]]<ref name=":2" /><ref>''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Two]]''</ref>
 
*[[Kumiko Ishihara]]<ref name=":2" /><ref>''[[Wolves at the Gate, Part Two]]''</ref>
*[[Spike]]<ref>[[Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two|''Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two'']]</ref>
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*[[Spike]]<ref>''[[Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two]]''</ref>
 
==Behind the Scenes==
 
*The Scythe appeared in object cameo and owned by Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "[http://onceuponatime.wikia.com/wiki/Skin_Deep Skin Deep] " in ''[http://onceuponatime.wikia.com/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_Wiki Once Upon A Time]'' which was also written by ''Buffy'' writer [[Jane Espenson]] though it was different in appearance from when it was seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
 
*In ''[[Willow: Wonderland]],'' it is stated by the witch Vulcana in her ritual to repair it that it is the counterpart to Excalibur.
 
*The original prop was fabricated by Tony Swatton who then sold the rights to it to a company named Factory X. Unfortunately Factory X follows a little known copyright clause which states that any "replica" they create must be 10% smaller than the original prop. Factory X, which no longer produces the scythe, followed a business model of sending a model of the scythe to China where it was mass produced using the cheapest known materials. The Factory X "Slayer Scythe" was made using Zinc for the main blade, untempered steel for the main handle, cheap pine for the stake and a plastic vinyl wrap for the handle that has a printed pattern on it of Ostrich Leather. Finally, because of the contractual copyright clause, the Factory X "Slayer Scythe" is roughly 3 to 4 inches shorter than the screen used prop (even though it states on every box "The Slayer’s Scythe was made using Joss Whedon’s personal souvenir prop scythe as reference.")
 
*There is only ONE known metal "Hero" Scythe that was used on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but multiple copies were made of it using plastic and rubber for stunt purposes.
 
*Joss Whedon has claimed in many interviews that he kept the "Hero" Metal Scythe
 
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Tales]]''
 
*''[[Ready, Steady ...]]'' <small>(only in flashback)</small>
 
*[[Alarums|''Alarums'']]
 
*[[The Gateway|''The Gateway'']]
 
*[[All Hell|''All Hell'']]
 
*"[[Touched]]"
 
*"[[End of Days]]"
 
*"[[Chosen]]"
 
*"[[Just Rewards]]" <small>(Footage from "[[Chosen]]")</small>
 
*''[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[A Beautiful Sunset]]''
 
*''[[Wolves at the Gate]]''
 
*''[[Time of Your Life]]''
 
*''[[After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back!]]''
 
*''[[Twilight, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Season 9)|Slayer, Interrupted]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[Willow: Wonderland]]''
 
*''[[The Watcher]]''
 
*''[[The Core]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part One]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part Five]]''
 
*''[[I Wish, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Return to Sunnydale, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Return to Sunnydale, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Love Dares You, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Love Dares You, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Relationship Status: Complicated, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Old Demons, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Old Demons, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Old Demons, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Triggers]]''
 
*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part One]]''
 
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three'']]
 
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four'']]
 
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five'']]
 
*[[Own It, Part One|''Own It, Part One'']]
 
*''[[Own It, Part Two]]''
 
*''[[Own It, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Own It, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[Own It, Part Five]]''
 
*''[[The Spread of Their Evil, Part One|The Spread of Their Evil]]''
 
*''[[In Time of Crisis, Part Two|In Time of Crisis]]''
 
*''[[A House Divided, Part Three|A House Divided]]''
 
*''[[Desperate Times, Part Four|Desperate Times]]''
 
*''[[Desperate Measures, Part Five|Desperate Measures]]''
 
*''[[Back to the Wall, Part Six|Back to the Wall]]''
 
*''[[Disempowered, Part Seven|Disempowered]]''
 
*''[[Ordinary People, Part Eight|Ordinary People]]''
 
*''[[The Great Escape, Part Nine|The Great Escape]]''
 
   
 
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Scythelastguardian.png|The Last Guardian wielding the scythe and explaining its origins to Buffy.
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Ronascythe.png|Rona briefly wielding the scythe in the [[Battle at the Hellmouth]].
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==Behind the scenes==
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*The Scythe appeared as a [[References to the Buffyverse|cameo]] among objects displayed in the episode "[[w:c:onceuponatime:Skin Deep|Skin Deep]]" (2012) from ''[[w:c:onceuponatime:Once Upon a Time|Once Upon a Time]]'' television series, which was also written by ''Buffy'' writer [[Jane Espenson]].
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*The Scythe was featured as an accessory in three [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures|''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' action figures]], five [[Deluxe action figures]], a [[Tooned Up]] maquette, and an exclusive [[Sideshow Collectibles statues|Sideshow Collectibles statue]].
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*There is only one known metal "Hero" Scythe that was used on ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'', but multiple copies were made of it using plastic and rubber for stunt purposes.{{Cite}}
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*Joss Whedon has claimed in many interviews that he kept the "Hero" Metal Scythe.{{Cite}}
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*The original prop was fabricated by Tony Swatton who then sold the rights to it to a company named Factory X. Unfortunately, Factory X follows a little known copyright clause which states that any "replica" they create must be 10% smaller than the original prop. Factory X, which no longer produces the scythe, followed a business model of sending a model of the scythe to China where it was mass produced using the cheapest known materials. The Factory X "Slayer Scythe" was made using Zinc for the main blade, untempered steel for the main handle, cheap pine for the stake and a plastic vinyl wrap for the handle that has a printed pattern on it of Ostrich Leather. Finally, because of the contractual copyright clause, the Factory X "Slayer Scythe" is roughly 3 to 4 inches shorter than the screen used prop (even though it states on every box "The Slayer's Scythe was made using Joss Whedon's personal souvenir prop scythe as reference."){{Cite}}
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Latest revision as of 03:10, May 6, 2020


It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield.
―Glyphs engraved upon the wall of Gilroy mission.

, often symbolically referred to as the Scythe, was an ancient weapon designed for the Slayer, embodying their mystical essence. Despite the Slayer of any time had the right over it, Sineya, Buffy Summers, and Melaka Fray were the only known owners of the weapon.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

A weapon. A scythe. Forged in secrecy for one like you…
―The Last Guardian[src]
Scythe

The scythe embedded in solid rock.

In prehistoric Africa, a group of powerful mystic women, who called themselves the Guardians, secretly forged the Scythe for the First Slayer, Sineya, to kill the last of the Old Ones that walked upon the Earth. The weapon was kept hidden from the Shadowmen, as well as their later formation into the Watchers Council. The Guardians magically embedded the Scythe in a rock, for when the time came and it was needed again, the Slayer would find and use it.[1]

According to Rupert Giles, the Scythe had been named "mʔ". While "ʔ" was the international phonetics alphabet symbol for glottal stop, it was likely that it represented a hieroglyph thought to symbolize a sickle or a scythe, which in turn are symbols of death. This was present in carvings in Egypt, throughout the ancient world and in pagan temples, such as the Guardian's tomb.[1]

21st centuryEdit

It’s old… It’s strong and it feels like… Like it’s mine.
―Faith Lehane[src]

DiscoveryEdit

In 2003, the Scooby Gang were researching ways to defeat the threat of the First Evil, and discovered its servant Caleb had been in a mission in Gilroy. Spike went there to investigate, and a monk showed him an inscription carved in the stone of a secret room, words that angered Caleb once he read them. Originally in Latin, they translated to "It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield."[2] At the time, the Slayer Buffy Summers reasoned that Caleb was protecting something crucial at the Shadow Valley Vineyards, his base of operations. She found the Scythe and pulled it out of the rock with ease, contrary to Caleb's expectations.[3]

Researching on the weapon online, Willow Rosenberg found at History of the Axe the name "mʔ", which Giles identified as a symbol for a scythe in ancient Egypt; as it was a common symbol of death, this directed Buffy to a pagan tomb in Sunnydale. There, she found the Last Guardian, who told her about the history of the Scythe, before being killed by Caleb.[1] With this weapon in her hands, Buffy finally managed to kill Caleb — even after he merged with the First Evil and had received its empowerment.[4]

Slayeractivationspell

Willow uses the scythe to activate slayers all around the world.

Later, Willow Rosenberg, using the power of the Scythe, performed a spell that activated all Potential Slayers around the world, making them full-fledged Slayers. Buffy and the Slayers then shared the Scythe among them to defeat the numerous Turok-Han in the depths of the Hellmouth.[4]

Several months later, Buffy was still in possession of the Scythe, and used it to rescue her friend Willow from the U.S. military, injuring many soldiers in the process.[5] It was then stolen by the vampire, Toru,[6] who wanted to reverse the spell Willow did to activate the potential Slayers of the world. After Buffy recovered the Scythe, it crossed its own timeline as Buffy was summoned to the future of Haddyn.[7]

In the battle of Sunnydale, Buffy, reeling from the death of Rupert Giles, used the scythe to break the Seed of Wonder, the heart of magic, which in turn, broke the scythe.[8]

After moving to San Francisco, Buffy kept the ruined Scythe in a chest. However, the Scythe was soon taken by Willow, who believed it to be the key to restoring magic; using the residual magic in the Scythe as a "battery", she carved various sigils on Connor with the Scythe, performing a ritual that allowed her to access Quor'toth.[9] After succeeding in restoring her magic within Quor'toth, due to Giles holding the Scythe during his death, Willow allowed Angel to absorb the fragments of Giles' soul that still latched onto it so that he could continue his quest to resurrect him via a Tooth of Ammuk.[10]

RestorationEdit

In Willow's journey, the Scythe was restored by the witch Vulcana, an associate of Aluwyn, who referred to it as a counterpart of Excalibur. With the Scythe now at full power, Willow could easily cut rifts between any two worlds with magic.[11]

When Willow returned to the Earth dimension, she returned the Scythe to Buffy. During her battle with the newly slaypire Simone Doffler, Simone easily outmatched Buffy and impaled her through the shoulder with the Scythe.[12] Despite her wounds and Simone's superior abilities, Buffy eventually gained the upper hand and used the Scythe to stake Simone, openly admitting her regret that she ever used the Scythe to make Simone a Slayer in the first place.[13]

Buffy then had the opportunity to use the weapon in less apocalyptic circumstances — such as destroying flesh golems in a cemetery,[14] and wrestling a vampire for VampCon[15] —, constantly carrying the Scythe for various battles and patrols, but otherwise keeping it on her own bedroom.[16] In Oakland, the Sculptor proposed Andrew to rob the weapon from Buffy in exchange for a body for the holographic Jonathan, replacing it with a copy. At the time of the exchange, Andrew had made his choice and arrived with the Scooby Gang, who attacked the Sculptor, successfully killing the demon lord.[17]

Under the Supernatural Crisis Act, Buffy was taken to the Safe Zone in solidarity with the vampire Spike and the witch Willow. She was allowed to maintain her Scythe with her under the second amendment,[18] and used it during her patrols as a trustee peacekeeper.[19][20] In investigation on the Pandora Project, the Scooby Gang planned invading the Safe Zone headquarters, but Buffy had gave up her powers for her freedom, so she lent the Scythe once again to Faith.[21] Buffy received the weapon back as soon as she recuperated her powers.[22]

Later, they were able to fight the Pandora Project's leader, Joanna Wise, who had turned herself into a magic-infused cyborg, and much stronger than Buffy. To protect the Earth against Wise's destructive plans, Buffy performed with Willow a Slayer power spell, in reverse to the activation of the Potential Slayers they had done years later. Willow explained that Buffy had shared what made her special with all Potentials, and the power had grown in each of them. Using the Scythe, Willow was able to put the grown powers of thousands of Slayers back in Buffy, giving her the ability to even cut magic with its blade.[23] After defeating Wise and eventually healing herself, Buffy and Willow used the Scythe to return all the power back.[24]

One year later, to defeat an army of demons during the Reckoning, Willow and Buffy began to once again use the Scythe to combine the power of all the Slayers into Buffy. Although, this was interrupted when Harth Fray intercepted them with an original Shadowmen's staff and, interlocking it into the Scythe, channeled the power into himself.[25] The Slayer connection, though, was too much for the vampire to handle, and he was killed in this moment of vulnerability. His death allowed the power to flow from him back to its owners, and this new Reckoning changed the future into the collective Slayer line continuing up to the 23rd century.[26]

23rd centuryEdit

That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.
―Melaka Fray[src]

Sometime in the 23rd century, the demon Urkonn of the D'Avvrus gave the Scythe to Melaka Fray, the Slayer of that time.[27] She used it to defeat dozens of vampires led by her vampire brother Harth, as well as the Old One Neauth.[28] She found out an abandoned apartment full of past Watchers Diaries with an illustration of the Scythe on its floor.[29]

Some time later, during her battle with Fray, a time-displaced Buffy smashed the Scythe clean in half with a backhanded punch.[30]

Appearance and qualitiesEdit

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Melaka first wields the Scythe.

Despite its name, the Scythe actually resembled a lochaber axe with a red, steel head, and a sliver edge on the border of the blade. A steel shaft hold the head with nails stamped along it, and, connected via an assembly of metal spikes, a brown haft with a simple wooden stake in its other extremity.

Its stake seemed apparently sharper and stronger than basic wood, as it could be jammed against a stone wall without any visible damage to it afterwards.[1] Buffy could easily use it to stake several Turok-Han vampires despite their harder sternums,[1][4] as well as use its blade to shield herself from D'Hoffryn's energy blasts.[31] The blade was also capable to simply rebound the rays from a ray gun.[32]

Some demon carapaces exhibited resistance to its blade, such as the Morituri[33] and Vermis mysteriis.[34] D'Hoffryn, while having the Vampyr book and its magic rules under his control, was resistant to the Scythe's attack,[31] but was hurt and eventually decapitated with it under normal circumstances.[35] The Scythe was capable of breaking the Seed of Wonder, although being destroyed in return.[8] Notably, Buffy herself was capable to destroy Fray's future counterpart Scythe with a single punch.[30]

Scythe Portals

Willow slashing open portals with the Scythe.

Willow displayed the capacity of the Scythe to be used in magic. She used its the power to activate every single Potential Slayer on Earth,[4] as well as to retrieve[23] and eventually give back the power of the Slayers.[24] The weapon itself also contained magic even after the end of magic, which allowed the witch to use the Scythe's power to tear open a rift in reality to gain access to Quor'toth.[9] The Scythe could also be used to tear open portals to other dimensions, and could even be used as a means to cast very powerful spells, such as immense streams of magic power that can match the strength of an Old One.[36]

The Scythe's metal was initially red with silver blade.[1] Since it was restored, it was changed to be completely red,[11] and this aspect is preserved as well in 23rd century.[29][27] For some reason, this differentiation didn't happen during Buffy's time travel, when both Buffy's and Fray's scythes had its original colors.[7]

WieldersEdit

The following Slayers have wielded the Scythe:

Others:

GalleryEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Scythe appeared as a cameo among objects displayed in the episode "Skin Deep" (2012) from Once Upon a Time television series, which was also written by Buffy writer Jane Espenson.
  • The Scythe was featured as an accessory in three Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures, five Deluxe action figures, a Tooned Up maquette, and an exclusive Sideshow Collectibles statue.
  • There is only one known metal "Hero" Scythe that was used on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but multiple copies were made of it using plastic and rubber for stunt purposes.[citation needed]
  • Joss Whedon has claimed in many interviews that he kept the "Hero" Metal Scythe.[citation needed]
  • The original prop was fabricated by Tony Swatton who then sold the rights to it to a company named Factory X. Unfortunately, Factory X follows a little known copyright clause which states that any "replica" they create must be 10% smaller than the original prop. Factory X, which no longer produces the scythe, followed a business model of sending a model of the scythe to China where it was mass produced using the cheapest known materials. The Factory X "Slayer Scythe" was made using Zinc for the main blade, untempered steel for the main handle, cheap pine for the stake and a plastic vinyl wrap for the handle that has a printed pattern on it of Ostrich Leather. Finally, because of the contractual copyright clause, the Factory X "Slayer Scythe" is roughly 3 to 4 inches shorter than the screen used prop (even though it states on every box "The Slayer's Scythe was made using Joss Whedon's personal souvenir prop scythe as reference.")[citation needed]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 "End of Days"
  2. "Empty Places"
  3. "Touched"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "Chosen"
  5. The Long Way Home, Part Four
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Wolves at the Gate, Part One
  7. 7.0 7.1 Time of Your Life, Part One
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Last Gleaming, Part Four
  9. 9.0 9.1 Family Reunion, Part One
  10. Family Reunion, Part Four
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wonderland, Part Three
  12. The Core, Part Four
  13. The Core, Part Five
  14. Love Dares You, Part One
  15. In Pieces on the Ground, Part One
  16. Triggers
  17. In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three
  18. A House Divided
  19. Desperate Measures
  20. Back to the Wall
  21. 21.0 21.1 Ordinary People
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Great Escape
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revelations
  24. 24.0 24.1 One Girl in All the World
  25. The Reckoning
  26. Finale
  27. 27.0 27.1 Alarums
  28. All Hell
  29. 29.0 29.1 Tales
  30. 30.0 30.1 Time of Your Life, Part Four
  31. 31.0 31.1 Own It, Part Four
  32. The Gateway
  33. Old Demons, Part One
  34. The Spread of Their Evil
  35. Own It, Part Five
  36. Family Reunion, Part Three
  37. 37.0 37.1 Wolves at the Gate, Part Four
  38. The Core, Part Four
  39. The Core, Part Five
  40. Disempowered
  41. Alarums
  42. Slayer, Interrupted
  43. "Family Reunion"
  44. Willow: Wonderland
  45. Welcome to the Team, Part Four
  46. Wolves at the Gate, Part Three
  47. Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
  48. Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two

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