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31 Monstrous Failures #29: Adam

October 29th, 2011

The TV version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer coined the phrase “The Big Bad” to describe the chief antagonist of a season-long story arc. Season Four’s Big Bad, however, was more of a Big Bore.

That year saw the U.S. Government take an interest in the supernatural doings in Buffy’s hometown of Sunnydale, California. They secretly built a vast, underground bunker called “The Initiative” and filled it with special ops forces who began to capture Sunnydale’s demons and sequester them for scientific experimentation. Professor Maggie Walsh’s work in “Lab 314″ resulted in the cybernetic hodgepodge known as…


Part human, part demon, part robot, Adam was a uranium-powered Frankenstein equipped with a retractable skewer and even a mini-gun. With that description from which to work, you would be forgiven for thinking that he was pretty hot stuff. And if, after murdering his creator and subsequent escaping from The Initiative, he’d gone on a stabby, shooty rampage through the streets of Sunnydale, I’d be inclined to agree.

Instead, he spent most of the latter half of the season hiding in a cave, pointedly not stabbing or shooting anyone. Ostensibly, this was because he was conducting his own experiments with the aim of building an army of cyborg demons, but mostly it was because he was The Big Bad and therefore needed to wait until the end of the season.

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