- “Buffy, you’re the guy. You’re the Chosen guy.”
Oliver Pike lived in Los Angeles and was a student at Hemery High School, but spent most of his time getting drunk with his friend Benny Jacks. A mutual dislike formed between Pike and Buffy, a superficial valley girl and classmate at Hemery, as she ridiculed Pike for his drunken behavior and unusual name when they met at a movie theater and then later at a diner.
While walking home, Pike passed out and his best friend, Benny Jacks, was killed and sired by a vampire. When Benny returned as a vampire himself and tried to contact his friend, a disturbed Pike decided to leave town but was confronted by Benny, who had joined up with Lothos and his minions. Pike attempted to escape, and was rescued by Buffy, who revealed that she was the Slayer. Soon afterwards, an ill-prepared Buffy came face to face with Lothos for the first time, and managed to escape on Pike’s motorcycle as her Watcher, Merrick Jamison-Smythe, shot himself rather than be sired by Lothos.
After Merrick’s death, Pike tried to convince a demoralized Buffy that it was her duty to slay Lothos. Buffy, however, claimed that she only wanted to be normal and insisted that she was going to the school dance. Pike showed up and asked to dance with her, telling her that she wasn’t like other girls. However, when the party was crashed by vampires, they were forced into battle once more. Pike defended the students from Lothos’ minons, including his right hand man Amilyn, and reluctantly staked Benny. Buffy defeated Lothos, burning down the school gym in the process. Buffy eventually moved to Sunnydale, where she continued her role as Slayer, although she no longer kept in touch with him.
Behind the scenes
- He was portrayed by Luke Perry.
- In the comic issue Halloween, while group of vampires watches a movie featuring Luke Perry, one of them says: “That show blew it by letting him go.” — a reference to Perry being in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, and, like most of its cast, was absent from the television series.