A prophecy from the Writings of Aurelius foretold the coming of the Anointed One:
And there will be a time of crisis, of worlds hanging in the balance. And in this time shall come the Anointed, the Master's great warrior... The Five will die, and from their ashes the Anointed shall rise. The Brethren of Aurelius shall meet him and usher him to his immortal destiny. ...the Slayer will not know him, will not stop him, and he will lead her into hell.
In the episode "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date", a bus passing through Sunnydale was attacked by a group of the Master's vampires. The driver and four passengers were killed, and two of them made vampires; one of these, a little boy named Collin, became the Anointed, a bloodthirsty companion to the Master. (Buffy killed the other new vampire, psychotic Andrew Vorba, and mistakenly assumed that he was the Anointed.)
As foretold by Aurelius, the Anointed One later led Buffy to the lair of the Master. Though it wasn't the literal hell, Buffy would be defeated and killed by the Master.
Following the Master's defeat, the Anointed One rallied the remaining members of the Order of Aurelius under his command, employing the vampire Absalom as his leading acolyte. The Anointed attempted to resurrect the Master but was ultimately defeated. Weeks later, he was killed by newcomer Spike. Spike placed him in a cage and hoisted it into the sunlight, destroying him. Afterwards, Spike takes the remaining members of the Order of Aurelius under his control.
Behind the scenesEdit
Joss Whedon said that early on the plan was to use the Anointed One as the principal "Big Bad" for Season Two. However, these plans were changed because actor Andrew J. Ferchland was still growing and would not be believable as a perpetual child for very long.
"The anointed one," is the literal meaning of the Greek word Χριστός (Christós, or Christ in English form). This word was originally used to translate the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ), that is Messiah.
The Anointed One is the only vampire who's 'Vamp Face' is never seen.