ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended its magnificent TV run May 20, 2003 with the final episode of Season 7, "Chosen." Unlike many other beloved TV shows, Buffy gave us a finale for the ages, epitomizing the heart, tragedy and triumph that made us fall in love with this most compelling of shows.

Thirteen years after Buffy left our screens, here's a lil celebration of the scariest monsters Buffy ever faced. What was the Buffy monster that scared you the most?

7. Gnarl

Appeared in: "Same Time, Same Place" (Season 7, Episode 3)

Special skills: Flaying people alive

Played by: Camden Toy

Gnarl is not a nice guy, even for a bloodthirsty demon who likes to flay the skin from the human body and eat it. For the full horror of Gnarl's naughtiness, Dawn puts it best:

''He's a parasite with these nasty long fingernails. He secretes something through them and uses that to paralyze his victims. He then cuts strips of their skin while they're still alive. It takes hours."

6. Evil Clown

Appeared in: "Nightmares" (Season 1, Episode 10)

Special skills: Wielding a knife maniacally

Xander, like many people, is coulrophobic, having been traumatized by a clown in childhood. The clown is brought to life by manifest nightmares in this wonderful early Buffy episode, which is directly referenced many seasons later in the beloved musical episode when Willow sings:

''I've got a theory, some kid is dreamin' / And we're all stuck inside his wacky Broadway nightmare.''

5. Queller Demon

Appeared in: 'Listening to Fear' (Season 5, Episode 9)

Special skills: choking you on its rancid spit

The Queller Demon is a rarity within the Buffyverse as it's actually an extra-terrestrial. The comparison to Spielberg's cute alien who just wanted to 'phone home' ends there, however. This disgustingly agile wall slug slimes around until it finds a victim to flob its alkaloid spit at. Lovely!

4. Zachary Kralik

Appeared in: 'Helpless' (Season 3, Episode 12)

Special skills: Killing and eating his own mother

Played by: Jeff Kober

What a horrible, horrible man. He tortured and killed a dozen women, and that was before he was turned into a vampire. While he's a freaky-ass unpleasant POS, the reason he was so frightening on the show was Buffy's weakened state in that episode, flung into a callous "Slayer test," the Cruciamentum, accurately described by Giles as "an archaic exercise in cruelty."

3. The Ugly Man

Appeared in: "Nightmares" (Season 1, Episode 10)

Special skills: Manifesting childhood fears

The Ugly Man brings nightmares to life, and is himself a terrified reimagining of an abusive coach by his victim. For some reason, his weird club hand always freaked me out as a kid. Quite apart from being visually repellent and physically imposing, The Ugly Man is extra horrifying because of the sad reality of abusers and predators.

2. Der Kindestod

Appeared in: "Killed by Death" (Season 2, Episode 18)

Special skills: killing sick children

Played by: James Jude Courtney

I am actually sorry to make you look at this sick freak, he still scares me silly and I watch some right horrible shit as a horror movie fanatic. I first saw Der Kindestod as a sensitive (OK, wussy) teenager and his awful face and pure sadism shook me up more than almost any horror villain I'd seen before or since. To me, this guy is the scariest villain ever to feature in Buffy, but I've let popular opinion sway the rankings here.

1. The Gentlemen

Appeared in: "Hush" (Season 4, Episode 10)

Special skills: Harvesting human hearts

Played by: (L-R, below) Charlie Brumbly, Camden Toy, Doug Jones and Don Lewis

Of course The Gentlemen have to appear at number one. 'Hush' was one of the most breathtakingly inventive Buffy episodes ever, with most of the episode being conducted in silence. The Gentlemen boasted the creepiest nursery rhyme sung by a child since 'One, Two, Freddy's coming for you...' and they didn't need to say word to be the scariest Buffy villains ever. Seriously, everyone in the entire office said 'The Gentlemen' without hesitation (I guess it was just me who was deeply traumatized by Der Kindestod, then).

If you can bear it, have a listen to The Gentlemen's Song.

Nicely freaked out yet? Unload your deepest Buffy-related fears in the comments!


Are The Gentlemen the scariest ever Buffy monster?

Source: Youtube, Reese's Pieces, IMDB, Buffy Wikia


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