Character Study: Season 4’s Big Bad was obsessed with perfection, but it didn’t help him in the end

Big Bad: Adam, season four
Aliases: None (he didn’t get one despite all his powers, we guess)

Illustration: Nick Wanserski

History: Adam was once just a man, though not the first man, as his name suggests. (The other interpretation of that name is, of course, a nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.) He was a member of the Initiative, which tracked demons, an occupation that proved quite hazardous to his health: He was killed by last season’s Big Bad, The Mayor (by ghost/proxy). He also teamed up with season two’s Big Bad, Spike. But after Professor Maggie Walsh resurrected him with a mix of science and otherworldly powers, he became a deadly, highly intelligent adversary for Buffy—he had a uranium core and a huge skewer (a “gift” from another demon).

Adam would also wax eloquent about the nature of human existence, as demons are wont …

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