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I know everything that goes on around here. A tick on a mouse couldn't get in without my knowing it. And if Adam wants to try, we're ready for him.
―Colonel McNamara[src]

McNamara was a colonel in the United States Armed Forces the Pentagon and Mr. Ward appointed to oversee the Initiative[1] in replacement of Colonel George Haviland.[2]


McNamara was sent to lead the Initiative during the organization's struggle to maintain its soldiers' well-being as well as to deal with the threat of Adam and other Hostile Sub-Terrestrials.[1] He led the capture of many demons and other creatures the Initiative deemed hostile, such as Oz in his werewolf form. He threatened to relieve Riley Finn from his position when the soldier attempted to release Oz, and, since then, he considered Riley a deserter and an outcast.[3]

When escaped demon overwhelmed the Initiative, McNamara refused to acknowledge the plans and the help of Buffy Summers and the Scooby Gang, opting instead to rely solely on his soldiers and remaining to fight the demons. His decisions eventually led to his demise from the hands of an unidentified demon.[4]


Colonel McNamara appeared as a middle-aged man with thin silvery hair. He had a strict military demeanor[3] and was, at times, arrogant about his position in the Initiative; he was certain the government were better equipped to handle demon threats and refusing to listen to Buffy, despite her history as the Slayer and her first-hand experience with Adam.[4]

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