- “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 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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. It was then stolen by the vampire, Toru, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 
When Willow returned to Earth, 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. 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.
- “That Scythe is my only connection to the whole Slayer heritage thing. And it kills great.”
- ―Melaka Fray[src]
Some time later, during her battle with Fray, a time-displaced Buffy smashed the Scythe clean in half with a backhanded punch.
Appearance and qualities
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.Buffy could easily stake several Turok-Han vampires despite their harder sternums. Buffy also used the Scythe's blade to shield herself from D'Hoffryn's energy blasts.
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.
The Scythe's metal was initially red with silver blade. Since it was restored, it was changed to be completely red, and this aspect is preserved as well in 23rd century. This differentiation didn't happen during Buffy's time travel, when both Buffy's and Fray's scythes had its original colors.
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.)
- Buffy Summers
- Faith Lehane
- Simone Doffler
- Melaka Fray
- Rupert Giles
- Willow Rosenberg
- Last Guardian
- Kumiko Ishihara
Behind the Scenes
- The Scythe appeared in object cameo and owned by Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "Skin Deep " in 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
- Ready, Steady ... (only in flashback)
- The Gateway
- All Hell
- "End of Days"
- "Just Rewards" (Footage from "Chosen")
- 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
- 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
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part One
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part Three
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part Four
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five
- 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
- In Time of Crisis
- A House Divided
- Desperate Times
- Desperate Measures
- Back to the Wall
- Ordinary People
- The Great Escape
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "End of Days"
- ↑ "Touched"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Chosen"
- ↑ "The Long Way Home, Part Four"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wolves at the Gate, Part One
- ↑ "Time of Your Life, Part One"
- ↑ "Last Gleaming, Part Five"
- ↑ "Family Reunion, Part One"
- ↑ "Family Reunion, Part Four"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Wonderland, Part Three"
- ↑ "The Core, Part Four
- ↑ "The Core, Part Five"
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "Time of Your Life, Part Four"
- ↑ Own It, Part Four
- ↑ Tales
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Last Gleaming, Part Four
- ↑ Ordinary People
- ↑ The Great Escape
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Wolves at the Gate, Part Four
- ↑ The Core, Part Four
- ↑ The Core, Part Five
- ↑ Disempowered
- ↑ Alarums
- ↑ Slayer, Interrupted
- ↑ Family Reunion
- ↑ Willow: Wonderland
- ↑ Welcome to the Team, Part Four
- ↑ Wolves at the Gate, Part Three
- ↑ Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
- ↑ Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two