Buffy: “How you been, Willy?
Willy: “Keeping out of trouble, as God is my witness. What can I do you for? Couple drinks?
— Buffy Summers and Willy[src]

Willy, also known as Willy the Snitch, was a bartender and unwilling snitch, who owned Willy's Bar, later changed to Willy's Place, a Sunnydale business that welcomed demons, vampires and humans alike, serving as a neutral place for all sorts of beings.


I treat you vamps good. I don't hassle you. You don't hassle me. We all enjoy the patronage of this establishment. Everybody's happy.

Willy was a double-crossing human, who basically followed instructions or requests as long as money was provided. He sometimes assisted Buffy Summers and other times betrayed her. Many individuals, both good and bad, often beat up Willy for information.

Willy first made himself known to the Scooby Gang when he kidnapped a weakened Angel after he was locked in a cage by Kendra and brought him to Spike and Drusilla, who needed Angel's blood to perform a ritual to restore Drusilla's strength. Later, he lured Buffy to Spike's location in the hopes of getting a reward, unaware that the bounty Spike had put on Buffy's head to the Order of Taraka had been called off.[1][2] Later, after losing her virginity to Angel on her seventeenth birthday and waking up the next morning to find him gone, Buffy beat Willy up "a couple times" in an attempt to find his whereabouts.[3]

During Christmas 1998, Willy was approached by Buffy for information on the First Evil and the Bringers, who were tormenting Angel.[4] Later, he was attacked by the Sisterhood of Jhe and beaten so severely that he required medical attention. When Buffy found him, Willy warned her that the demons were very powerful and advised her to find Angel and spend her potential last day on Earth in happiness.[5] Xander once bragged about beating information out of Willy "personally", but then admitted that he just bribed him with $28.[6]

After a little boy was murdered by the biomechanical demonoid Adam (though Buffy believed it to be a Polgara demon she had recently captured alongside the Initiative), Buffy approached him for information. Her boyfriend Riley Finn then arrived, berating Willy for serving demons before threatening to shoot a human patron.[7]

By the next year, Willy remained in Sunnydale, though he also had another bartender in his employ to attend the bar.

Behind the Scenes



  1. "What's My Line, Part One"
  2. "What's My Line, Part Two"
  3. "Innocence"
  4. "Amends"
  5. "The Zeppo"
  6. "Enemies"
  7. "Goodbye, Iowa"
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