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Drusilla
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First appearance "School Hard"
Information
Name Drusilla
Aliases Dru

Mother Superior

Status Undead
Classification Vampire
Affiliation The Whirlwind

Wolfram & Hart

Known Relatives Unidentified mother

Unidentified uncle Unidentified sister Anne (sister)

Notable powers Advanced age gives her physical abilities superior to most other vampires.

Clairvoyance, telepathy, aura-reading, precognition, and hypnosis.

Portrayed by Juliet Landau
Angel: "I did a lot of unconscionable things when I became a vampire. Drusilla was the worst. She was... an obsession of mine. She was pure, and sweet and

chaste."

Buffy: "You made her a vampire."
Angel: "First I drove her insane. Killed everyone she loved, visited every mental torture on her I could devise. She eventually fled to a convent, and the day she took her holy orders, I turned her into a demon"
— Angel and Buffy Summers[src]

Drusilla (born c. 1840 in London) was a vampire with psychic powers and member of The Whirlwind.

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[hide]*1 Biography

Biography EditEdit

Human life and Angelus EditEdit

Angelus: "Did you find me a saint?"
Darla: "Better than that... she has the sight."
Angelus: "Visions? She sees the future?... She is pure innocence, yet she sees what's coming, she knows what I'm going to do to her..."
Angelus and Darla[src]

[2]Drusilla with her familyAdded by TrebioNot much is known about Drusilla's life prior to being sired. She had an uncle, a mother and two sisters - one of whom was apparently named Anne. One night, in 1860, while walking with her family, she was first seen by the vampire, Darla, who sensed what made Drusilla unique: she was not only pure, sweet and chaste, but she also had psychic powers, and was capable of occasionally foretelling the future, especially tragic situations. Darla showed Drusilla to her lover, Angelus, who became instantly obsessed with the notion of not just killing the pure young woman, but with destroying her both emotionally and psychologically, as she had the potential for sainthood.

At the time, Drusilla was fearful of her prophetic powers, which she regarded as a curse, as her mother had told her that they were an affront to the Lord. One day, after having the vision of a mine crash, in which two men died, she sought the help of a priest. She didn't realize that the man inside the confessional was Angelus, who had just killed the real priest. Drusilla told him about the vision and her fear of becoming evil, causing the bemused Angelus to taunt her by calling Drusilla a spawn of Satan and that she was fated to become evil. This was the first of the many tortures the sadistic Angelus visited upon Drusilla, slowly shattering her fragile psyche.

After his initial stalkings, Angelus then proceeded to murder the entire family of Drusilla: her mother, uncle and two sisters. It is very likely he made her witness each one of the murders and then let her flee to revel in her suffering. With her sanity nearly shattered both by her visions as well as the deaths of her family and the psychological torture Angelus had devised, Drusilla sought refuge at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy, not realizing that Angelus had a taste for nuns.

Angelus: "We turn her into one of us. Killing is so merciful at the end, isn't it? The pain has ended."
Darla: "But to make her one of us? She's a lunatic."
Angelus: "Eternal torment."
Angelus and Darla[src]

The Sisters of Mercy welcomed Drusilla, oblivious to the fact that Angelus was coming after her. The very same night Drusilla was supposed to take her holy orders, Angelus appeared and massacred the Sisters before Drusilla's eyes, finally destroying whatever hold of reality Drusilla had left after the deaths of her family. Then as she lay babbling and horrified on the floor after being forced to watch, Darla entered to survey Angelus' work. He explained to Darla that he believed death would merely release Drusilla of her suffering, and then tormented her a final time by having sex with Darla in front of her. Now considering her his masterpiece, Angelus sired her, despite Darla's objections of having a lunatic vampire alongside them.

For the next twenty years, Drusilla joined Angelus and Darla's whirlwind. The pure, shy girl had been replaced by a highly sexual predator who enjoyed preying on the weak and innocent, such as children, and also reveled in her psychic powers and her unique view of reality. She did retain a childlike quality and kept a collection of china dolls. However, after 20 years with her sire and "grandmother," as Dru called Darla, Drusilla began to desire a playmate of her own.

The Poet EditEdit

"- I could pick the wisest and bravest knight in all the land and make him mine forever with a kiss.

- Bloody... watch where you're going! - Or you could just take the first drooling idiot that comes along."

―Drusilla, William and Darla[src]

By 1880, Drusilla had sired the young poet William (William later adopted the name Spike) after he had poured his heart out in poem to Cecily, a young noblewoman, who then rejected him. The two became a highly affectionate couple, in their own sick, soulless way, though their relationship was marred early on by Angelus having sex with Drusilla in order to play with Spike's head. Shortly after Angelus was cursed with a soul, Spike and Drusilla (unaware of the ensoulment) split off from Darla and Angel to go their own way.

Prague EditEdit

[3]Drusilla is tortured by a human InquisitorAdded by TrebioAt some point before their arrival in Sunnydale, in mid-1997, Spike was nearly dusted by an angry mob and Drusilla was kidnapped and tortured by a human inquisitor, leaving her in a weakened and frail condition. Spike, infuriated and full of wrath, killed the inquisitor and saved Drusilla. Spike cared for her, and the couple decided to travel to the Hellmouth in hopes that its energy would help to restore Drusilla's strength and health.

Sunnydale EditEdit

[4]Drusilla before killing KendraAdded by Degrassigirl07They arrived in Sunnydale in the episode "School Hard", and Spike quickly began plotting the downfall of the current Slayer, Buffy Summers. When he discovered that Drusilla could be cured by the blood of her sire, Spike captured Angel and allowed Drusilla to torture him until it was time to perform the ritual. Although Buffy and her friends saved Angel, the ritual was successful. Drusilla, fully restored, now began to care of Spike, who had been badly burnt and temporarily paralyzed by Buffy's attack. When Angel reverted to Angelus, he re-joined the couple. Drusilla soon killed Kendra, another Slayer, by hypnotizing her and slicing her throat. Kendra is the only Slayer known to have been killed by Drusilla.

When Angel decided to reactivate the demon Acathla and suck the world into a hellish demon dimension, Drusilla was delighted by Angelus's determination, and she also encouraged his ongoing sexual attention. However, both dynamics strongly disturbed Spike, who wanted Drusilla to himself again and did not particularly want the world to end. Spike decided to help Buffy save the world in exchange for his and Drusilla's safe passage from Sunnydale. Drusilla resisted Spike's betrayal of Angelus, and he attacked her, ultimately breaking her neck and carrying her unconscious body from the fray.

Break-up with Spike EditEdit

Drusilla and Spike fled to South America, where Drusilla became disillusioned with Spike. Spike's alliance with the Slayer, combined with Dru's skills of foresight and perception, proved to her that Spike was now tainted (not "demon enough" for her). Drusilla broke up with Spike and started a relationship with a Chaos Demon, and he rejected her offer to remain friends. [5]Drusilla and Angel in her ritualAdded by Trebio===Los Angeles Edit=== After Wolfram & Hart had brought Darla back as a human to torture Angel and hopefully make him evil, the law office learned she was dying. Rather then let her die, Drusilla was called in to sire Darla (Charles Gunn commenting that the idea of the 'granddaughter' remaking the 'grandmother' freaked him out almost more than the traditional blood-sucking did).

Drusilla placed Darla in a nursery under a star filled sky, seeing it not as a death, but as a birth. When Angel arrived to stake Darla before she rose, Drusilla battled him, giving Darla enough time to rise.

The newly sired Darla and Drusilla would fight briefly before Darla came to the conclusion that she was better off as a vampire. They then murdered everyone in a clothing store before going to a Wolfram & Hart party with the intent to slaughter everyone there. Angel locked the two vampires inside, allowing it to happen and preventing the humans' escape; only Lindsey McDonald and Lilah Morgan were spared, so that they could provide Darla and Drusilla with inside information later.

Shortly afterward, Drusilla and Darla began recruiting demons who enjoyed carnage, wanting to turn LA into a demon playground. After they began recruiting demons to assist in their plans, Angel--currently in a darker phase due to his inability to 'save' Darla--set Drusilla and Darla on fire, badly, if temporarily, disfiguring them.

Return to Sunnydale EditEdit

Drusilla returned to Sunnydale in the episode "Crush" to persuade Spike to join Darla and herself in reforming their "family" unit, but instead, Spike seized the opportunity to try to prove his love for Buffy by offering to stake Drusilla. Heartbroken by the actions of her former lover, Drusilla departed Sunnydale and remains at large. However, in season seven of Buffy, the First Evil impersonated Drusilla in an unsuccessful attempt to break Spike's spirit.

AsylumEditEdit

Recently, Dru was seen in an asylum, having apparently been discovered after a recent feeding in the streets and brought in for treatment. Unfortunately, the doctors proved woefully inadequate to deal with her mental state, Dru having fallen into depression with Darla's death and Angel and Spike's redemption. She spent her time making drawings of recent events in Angel and Spike's lives that the doctors assumed to be symbolic rather than literal, such as Angel's dragon representing her fury at them for abandoning her. After she attacked and killed several doctors in the asylum, she apparently suffered a complete mental breakdown as LA was sent to Hell, awakening in what appeared to be a hallucination of her old human life, where she was still human and living with her parents. [6]Dru in VegasAdded by AngelWings===Las VegasEdit=== In Las Vegas, Drusilla was recruited by Wolfram and Hart as part of a plan to assist John - a human with a grudge against Spike, whose re-ensoulment he blames for the loss of his own soul - in stealing Spike's soul. Although she was sleeping with John, after her initial encounter with Spike she later came along with his team, consisting of firestarter Beck, telepathic fish Betta George, a possessedJeremy Johns and Willow Rosenberg. Willow was highly skeptical of Drusilla's accompanying them, but Spike convinced her that like both she and him, even Drusilla deserves a chance at redemption. When John succeeded in extracting Spike's soul, Spike discovered that even without it he was still capable of moral action and human emotion, much as he had loved Drusilla as a vampire and was driven by love for Buffy to earn his soul in the first place. In the meantime, Drusilla attacked Jeremy after seeing Beck kissing Spike. Willow informed Spike that the target of the soul-extracting circle was able to choose another person to get their soul back, and he chose Drusilla. However, the presence of a soul only served to make Drusilla more crazy. John then revealed that Drusilla had become sane while in "Hell A." and had only became mentally unstable again because Wolfram & Hart had put her on medication. John had planned to fix her, but being re-souled might destroy her. Drusilla killed John and Spike then put her in the circle to extract her soul, Drusilla choosing Spike to be the one to get his soul back.

Drusilla was committed to the Mosaaic Wellness Centre by Willow perhaps in hopes that she would become sane again and to get her off human blood.

Mother SuperiorEditEdit

Drusilla made her way to London, where she became known as "Mother Superior" and gathered a following of both lesser vampires and human groupies, as well as gaining control of a Lorophage Demon who had once been known as the "Highgate Vampire". Under unknown circumstances, she had regained her sanity.

Powers and Abilities EditEdit

[7]Drusilla's vampire faceAdded by Buffy Drusilla:"Look at me, Dearie. Be in my eyes. Be in me."

―Drusilla hypnotizes Kendra Young[src]

Drusilla had the standard powers and vulnerabilities of a vampire. She was immortal, regenerated damage, drained human blood to survive, and was stronger than most humans. Drusilla's technique in combat, although awkward-looking, allowed her to hold her own in a fight against Angel,[1] Spike,[2] and Kendra.[3]

It was also in this fight with Kendra that Drusilla showed that her fingernails are sharper than one would normally expect, as she uses them to slit Kendra's throat. Darla had demonstrated a similar technique when she sired Angel; whether this is due to her vampiric abilities or physical manipulation of her nails is unclear.

Drusilla was also a seer with minor psychic abilities. She received vivid visions that contained possible glimpses of the future, and could see into people's minds and project false imagery into them (e.g., when she convinced Giles that she was really Jenny Calendar[2]). Drusilla had these powers since before being made a vampire. She was also capable of hypnotizing people, mesmerizing her prey and rendering them helpless, which she achieves by catching their gazes, pointing her fingers towards her victim's eyes and whispering to them. Drusilla used this technique to murder Kendra and taunted and threatened Spike's academic minion, Dalton, with her talents. The Master uses a similar skill to paralyze Buffy.[4]

Drusilla seemed to have a power of empathy which she subjected her prey to, particularly when she sucked the lifeblood out of Spike. She could also feel the story of the places which she visited. With Darla, she readied to kill Holland Manners and her guests, understanding that the wine cellar was a ancient nuclear fallout shelter by feeling the fear of those who had taken refuge with it in war time.

Unlike most vampires, Drusilla rarely showed her vampiric form. Usually, only when she was about to kill someone did her face change.

Personality EditEdit

Drusilla was described as many things. She was widely known as "insane" and Darla described her as "a lunatic". Spike commented that she "never stopped surprising him". Spike also said that she "still had a bit of child in her" in contradiction to Angelus's comment on her insanity. Drusilla was unusually affectionate for a vampire and viewed the other members of The Whirlwind as her family. She was particularly attached to Spike, her lover, and Darla, who acted as a sort of surrogate mother/older sister figure to her. Drusilla is still very much in love with Spike, as she says to John, that her heart still belongs to him, although she slept with Angelus a few times while being with spike, although this could be a submissive behavior as Angelus is the patriarch/Master of the family or to harden Spike as he did not have his infamous violent streak then which is more likely as Angelus wanted to teach Spike what being a vampire means.

Drusilla may not be as insane as she is shown, as she is capable of carrying normal conversations with Spike and usually only Spike alone, with others she speaks in her usual insane babble, so while she may be insane, she may be possibly faking some or most of it, her insanity is why most vampires and demons fear her as it makes her unpredictable. Spike also once described her as a very straightforward vampire, his exact quote being: Drusilla was always straightforward. Though never knowing a single buggering clue of what was going on in front of her, but she was straight about it!

Strangely, she shows many attachments for nature and she appreciates animals, although she is incapable of truly caring for them as she once had a pet bird that died of starvation. She likes dogs and birds as well as plants, such as jasmine and lilacs; she organizes the resurrection of Darla as a vampire, whom she views as Family. The origin of this attachment was never revealed but like spike, she perhaps retained some of her humanity and in life she was a pure and moral woman who was protective of her family, As a Vampire she views The Whirlwind as her family and she sometimes plots to reunite with them.

As a human she was chaste, moral and had the potential for sainthood. Being so pure was her downfall as the Evil Angelus became obsessed with corrupting and destroying her. She hated her visions as she viewed them as an affront to God and believed she was cursed. She loved her family very much and as a vampire, she continued to miss them going so far as to torture Angel and remind him of what he did.

However, she seems to delight in sufferings and in the death imposed on her victims and not only that to quench her bloodthirstiness. For example, she is really amused during the death of the vampire Dalton by The Judge.

She also sometimes exhibits behavior that suggests infantilism. Spike himself said that it is like Drusilla has a bit of a child in her after Angelus made a comment about her.

Behind the Scenes EditEdit

AppearancesEditEdit

*"School Hard"

GalleryEditEdit

See Drusilla/Gallery

External LinksEditEdit

  • Drusilla at the Internet Movie Database

References EditEdit

  1. "Reunion"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Becoming, Part Two"
  3. "Becoming, Part One"
  4. "Prophecy Girl"