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|Alternative Names = Scythe<br>Slayer's Scythe
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|Alternative Names = Scythe<br />Slayer's Scythe
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|Type = Weapon
*Weapon
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|Function = Slaying
*Magical instrument
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|Users = [[Slayers]]
|Function = Killing demons
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|Owner(s) = [[Buffy Summers]]
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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.}}
 
{{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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'''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 essence of the Slayer. Slayers who wielded it were capable of sensing its innate power and felt an initial sense of ownership.
   
 
==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>
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[[File:Scythe.png|thumb|The scythe embedded in solid rock.|left]]
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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 Ones]] that walked the earth. It was kept hidden from the [[Shadow Men]], who watched the Slayers and would later become the [[Watchers Council]]. The Guardians became watchers of sorts to the [[Watchers]], 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.<ref name="endofdays">"[[End of Days]]"</ref>
   
 
===21st Century===
 
===21st Century===
{{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.]]
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{{Quote|It’s old... It’s strong and it feels like... Like it’s mine.|[[Faith Lehane]]|End of Days}}
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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====Discovery====
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[[File:Slayeractivationspell2.png|thumb|Willow uses the scythe to activate slayers all around the world.]]
   
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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In 2003, the [[Scooby Gang]] were researching ways to defeat the threat of the [[First Evil]]. [[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 [[Slayer Activation spell|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]].<ref name="Chsn">"[[Chosen]]"</ref>
   
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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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>
   
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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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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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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When Willow returned to the [[Earth]] dimension, 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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Buffy then had the opportunity to use the weapon in less apocalyptic circumstances — such as destroying flesh golems 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>
   
 
===23rd Century===
 
===23rd Century===
 
{{Quote|That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.|Melaka Fray|Tales}}
 
{{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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Sometime in the 23rd century, the demon [[Urkonn]] 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>''[[Tales (story)|Tales]]''</ref>
   
==Appearance and qualities==
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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>
[[File:MelakaScythe.jpg|thumb]]
 
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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==Appearance and Qualities==
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[[File:MelakaScythe.jpg|thumb|220x220px]]
   
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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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.
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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>''[[Own It, Part Four]]''</ref>
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Some [[demon]] carapaces exhibited resistance to its blade, such as the [[Morituri Demon]]<ref>''[[Old Demons, Part One]]''</ref> and [[Vermis mysteriis]].<ref>''[[The Spread of Their Evil]]''</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 scythe with a single punch.<ref name=":1" />
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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" /> 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>''[[Tales (story)|Tales]]''</ref><ref name=":6" /> 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:
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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]]
 
*[[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>
 
*[[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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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 (Buffy Season 9)|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==
 
==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.
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*The Scythe appeared as a cameo among the objects owned by the character Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "[http://onceuponatime.wikia.com/wiki/Skin_Deep Skin Deep] " from ''[http://onceuponatime.wikia.com/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_Wiki Once Upon A Time]'' television series, which was also written by ''Buffy'' writer [[Jane Espenson]].
*In ''[[Willow: Wonderland]],'' it is stated by the witch Vulcana in her ritual to repair it that it is the counterpart to Excalibur.
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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}}
*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.")
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*Joss Whedon has claimed in many interviews that he kept the "Hero" Metal Scythe{{Cite}}
*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.
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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}}
*Joss Whedon has claimed in many interviews that he kept the "Hero" Metal Scythe
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==Gallery==
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<gallery widths="100" orientation="portrait">
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Scythe.jpg|Scythe (BTVS Prop)
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buffy-scythe.jpg|The Scythe (BTVS Prop)
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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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B08-01-00g.jpg|Buffy Summers with the Scythe
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Buffy40a.jpg|Buffy, after the battle.
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FrayScythe.jpg|Fan produced movie of FRAY. Scythe is very accurate to the one carried by Fray in the comic book
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Scythe_Portal_1.jpg|Willow attempting to use the Scythe to open a portal to Earth.
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Scythe Portal 2.jpg|Multiple portals opened by the Scythe.
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</gallery>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Tales]]''
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===''Tales''===
*[[All Hell|''All Hell'']]
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*''[[Tales (story)|Tales]]''
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===''Fray''===
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*''[[Ready, Steady ...]]'' {{FBO}}
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*''[[Alarums]]''
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*''[[The Gateway]]''
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*''[[All Hell]]''
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===''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''===
 
*"[[Touched]]"
 
*"[[Touched]]"
 
*"[[End of Days]]"
 
*"[[End of Days]]"
 
*"[[Chosen]]"
 
*"[[Chosen]]"
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===''Angel''===
 
*"[[Just Rewards]]" <small>(Footage from "[[Chosen]]")</small>
 
*"[[Just Rewards]]" <small>(Footage from "[[Chosen]]")</small>
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===Season Eight===
 
*''[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[The Long Way Home, Part Four]]''
*''[[A Beautiful Sunset]]''
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*"[[Wolves at the Gate]]"
*''[[Wolves at the Gate]]''
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*"[[Time of Your Life]]"
*''[[Time of Your Life]]''
 
*''[[After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back!]]''
 
 
*''[[Twilight, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Twilight, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[Last Gleaming, Part Four]]''
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===Season Nine===
 
*''[[Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Season 9)|Slayer, Interrupted]]''
 
*''[[Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Season 9)|Slayer, Interrupted]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part One]]''
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*''[[Family Reunion, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Three]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[Family Reunion, Part Four]]''
*''[[Willow: Wonderland]]''
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*"[[Willow: Wonderland]]"
*''[[The Watcher]]''
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*"[[The Watcher]]"
*''[[The Core]]''
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*"[[The Core]]"
*''[[New Rules, Part One]]''
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*''[[New Rules, Part Two]]''
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===Season Ten===
*''[[New Rules, Part Three]]''
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*"[[New Rules]]"
*''[[New Rules, Part Four]]''
 
*''[[New Rules, Part Five]]''
 
 
*''[[I Wish, Part One]]''
 
*''[[I Wish, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Return to Sunnydale, Part One]]''
 
*''[[Return to Sunnydale, Part One]]''
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*''[[Triggers]]''
 
*''[[Triggers]]''
 
*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part One]]''
 
*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part One]]''
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three'']]
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*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three]]''
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four'']]
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*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four]]''
*[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five|''In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five'']]
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*''[[In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five]]''
*[[Own It, Part One|''Own It, Part One'']]
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*"[[Own It]]"
*''[[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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*"[[The Spread of Their Evil...]]"
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It is not for thee. It is for her alone to wield.
―Glyphs engraved upon the wall of an old church.

, 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 glottal stop. It embodied the mystical essence of the Slayer. Slayers who wielded it were capable of sensing its innate power and felt an initial sense of ownership.

History

Origins

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 the earth. It was kept hidden from the Shadow Men, who watched the Slayers and would later become the Watchers Council. The Guardians became watchers of sorts to the Watchers, 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.[1]

21st Century

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

Discovery

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In 2003, the Scooby Gang were researching ways to defeat the threat of the First Evil. 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.[2] 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 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.[3]

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.[4] It was then stolen by the vampire, Toru,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Restoration

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.[10]

When Willow returned to the Earth dimension, she returned the Scythe to Buffy. During her battle with the newly-vampiric Simone Doffler, Simone easily outmatched Buffy and impaled her through the shoulder with the Scythe.[11] 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.[12]

Buffy then had the opportunity to use the weapon in less apocalyptic circumstances — such as destroying flesh golems in a cemetery,[13] and wrestling a vampire for VampCon[14] —, constantly carrying the Scythe for various battles and patrols, but otherwise keeping it on her own bedroom.[15] 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.[16]

23rd Century

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 gave the Scythe to Melaka Fray, the Slayer of that time.[17] She used it to defeat dozens of vampires led by her vampire brother Harth, as well as the Old One Neauth.[18] She found out an abandoned apartment full of past Watchers Diaries with an illustration of the Scythe on its floor.[19]

Some time later, during her battle with Fray, a time-displaced Buffy smashed the Scythe clean in half with a backhanded punch.[20]

Appearance and Qualities

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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.

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][3] as well as use its blade to shield herself from D’Hoffryn’s energy blasts.[21]

Some demon carapaces exhibited resistance to its blade, such as the Morituri Demon[22] and Vermis mysteriis.[23] The Scythe was capable of breaking the Seed of Wonder, although being destroyed in return.[7] Notably, Buffy herself was capable to destroy Fray’s scythe with a single punch.[20]

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.[3] 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.[8] 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.[24]

The Scythe’s metal was initially red with silver blade.[1] Since it was restored, it was changed to be completely red,[10] and this aspect is preserved as well in 23rd century.[25][17] This differentiation didn’t happen during Buffy’s time travel, when both Buffy’s and Fray’s scythes had its original colors.[6]

Wielders

The following Slayers have wielded the Scythe:

Others:

Behind the Scenes

  • The Scythe appeared as a cameo among the objects owned by the character Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "Skin Deep " from Once Upon A Time television series, which was also written by Buffy writer Jane Espenson.
  • 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]

Gallery

Appearances

Tales

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Season Ten

Season Eleven


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "End of Days"
  2. "Touched"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Chosen"
  4. "The Long Way Home, Part Four"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wolves at the Gate, Part One
  6. 6.0 6.1 Time of Your Life, Part One
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Last Gleaming, Part Four
  8. 8.0 8.1 Family Reunion, Part One
  9. Family Reunion, Part Four
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wonderland, Part Three
  11. The Core, Part Four
  12. The Core, Part Five
  13. Love Dares You, Part One
  14. In Pieces on the Ground, Part One
  15. Triggers
  16. In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three
  17. 17.0 17.1 Alarums
  18. All Hell
  19. Tales
  20. 20.0 20.1 Time of Your Life, Part Four
  21. Own It, Part Four
  22. Old Demons, Part One
  23. The Spread of Their Evil
  24. Family Reunion, Part Three
  25. Tales
  26. Ordinary People
  27. The Great Escape
  28. 28.0 28.1 Wolves at the Gate, Part Four
  29. The Core, Part Four
  30. The Core, Part Five
  31. Disempowered
  32. Alarums
  33. Slayer, Interrupted
  34. "Family Reunion"
  35. Willow: Wonderland
  36. Welcome to the Team, Part Four
  37. Wolves at the Gate, Part Three
  38. Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
  39. Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two
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