Life's boring; you're full of surprises.—Angelus to Darla, Heartthrob
Darla is a recurring fictional character created by Joss Whedon and played by Julie Benz in the first, second, and fifth seasons of the American supernatural television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character later appeared in the Buffy spin-off series Angel, making at least one appearance in every season. She made her last television appearance in 2004, appearing as a special guest star in the fifth and final season of Angel.
Darla is introduced in "Welcome to the Hellmouth", the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in 1997. It is revealed early on that she is a vampire, initially in league with the Master, Buffy Summers' primary antagonist in the first season. Darla's backstory is disclosed in the episode "Angel", where it is revealed that she is Angel's sire (the one who turned him into a vampire) and former longtime lover. The character appears in numerous flashback episodes, until she receives a significantly expanded role in Angel. In Angel, she is resurrected by the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart in an attempt to weaken Angel. She later becomes intertwined in many of the story arcs in the second and third season. Darla becomes pregnant, a unique occurrence for a vampire. She sacrifices herself in order to give birth to her and Angel's human son Connor, ending her run on the series. However, Darla continues to appear in flashback episodes during the next two seasons.
The character was well-reviewed by television critics, with Eric Goldman of IGN saying "Not even dying (twice!) could keep Darla from being an important part of the story behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spinoff series Angel."
Conception and castingEdit
Julie Benz initially auditioned for the role of Buffy Summers, but that later went to Sarah Michelle Gellar, who had previously won the part of Cordelia Chase. Benz was offered the small role of the vampire Darla in the pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her performance was so well-received that her character appeared in a few more episodes. In an interview with TheTVAddict.com, Benz said of her casting: "I was supposed to die in the pilot, but about halfway through the pilot Joss Whedon was like, 'We're giving you a name and we're not going to kill you.' And he did that for a while until it finally came time to kill me, and kill me, and kill me and killed [sic] me." She later went on to say:
For me, I was a new actor to Los Angeles, didn’t know the TV business very well so I was just excited to work and play a vampire. I had no clue what I was going to do or how I was going to be scary. Until that is, they put the vampire makeup on me and I went into the trailer and smiled, which I thought was creepy. Joss always said he was intrigued that someone who looked like me and talked like me was like the scariest vampire ever. That's what he wanted, my sweet voice and demeanour until all of a sudden I'm just this vicious vampire."
Darla is first killed in the seventh episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In that episode, it is revealed that Darla was once romantically involved with Angel and that she made him a vampire. Angel stakes her through the heart. Benz was asked to return to the role three years later, but not on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon wanted her to appear on the spin-off Angel, which focused on Angel's adventures in Los Angeles. Benz said in an interview:
I was shocked, really. When they sent me the script [for Angel] I kept asking, 'Where's Darla?' I remember calling my agent asking, 'Are you sure they want me for this episode because I can't seem to find me?' And then I get to the last page and there I am... naked in a box. Awesome. It was exciting.
When asked in an interview with Robert Canning of IGN about how she felt about being asked to come on to Angel after previously being killed off, Benz commented:
I was shocked. I just thought once you poof'd, you poof'd! I thought that was it. So when they threw it out to me that I was coming back... They didn't tell me they were bringing her back to life. They just sent me the script for the season finale for season one of Angel, when they rose me from the dead. I was reading the script, and half way through, Darla still hadn't shown up.Benz went on to add,
I was like, 'Alright...' I get three quarters of the way through and I think, 'Maybe they sent me the wrong script...?' And then I get to the last page, and I was like, 'Oh my god! I can't believe this! This is so cool!' At that time I'd been committed to another project too. We didn't even know if I was going to be available or not. But it all ended up working out.
Darla appears in twenty Angel episodes, mainly as an evil antagonist. The character is known for dying the most in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer franchise. Benz later emphasized:
I just didn't know how it was going to happen. So when they sent me the script [for my last episode of Angel]—which I basically had to sign my life away to read—I was sitting in my trailer and I just started to cry. I thought it was such a beautiful ending, it was the payoff and just really brought her whole life kind of to that one moment. So I was really upset my last day of filming because I really thought it was over to me.
Human Life and Siring Edit
- Darla: "My soul is well past saving. Let the devil take me if he'll have me. It doesn't matter. Either way, I die."
- The Master: "You will not die. You will be reborn."
- — The prostitute who was to become Darla, moments before becoming a vampire[src]
Darla was born under a different name in the late 16th century in the British Isles. As a young prostitute, she immigrated to the Virginia Colony in North America and became independently wealthy, but also contracted a fatal case of syphilis. By 1609, the prostitute was dying in her luxurious house. Because of her dislike of religion, she scoffed at a priest who came to her deathbed, despite having called for one the previous night in her delirium. When asked to beg for God's forgiveness, she claimed her soul was well past saving and that the Devil may take it. The priest then revealed his true identity: The Master, leader of the elite cult of vampires known as the Order of Aurelius. Believing he was Death, she was corrected by the Master who told her that he was in fact her savior. He sired her and at some point gave her the name "Darla" (Gaelic for "dear one"). In time she eventually forgot her original name. As a vampire, Darla developed a taste for luring male victims by appearing as a seductive and mysterious, yet seemingly harmless woman.
Escapades with AngelusEdit
By 1753, Darla was out exploring the world and wreaking havoc, during which time she visited a village in Galway, Ireland. There she found a handsome young man named Liam, who was drinking and whoring his way through a rather uneventful life. Admiring him from afar, Darla lured Liam into an alley where she seduced him by offering to show him things he had never imagined. She sired Liam and chose to make him her mate, naming him Angelus, inspired by his sister's belief that he was an angel come back to her.
In 1760, after cutting a bloody swath across Wales and England, Darla brought her new consort back to The Master in London. However, Angelus had no interest in the Order of Aurelius and its tenets of underground dwelling and tribute to the Old Ones. Being told to choose between her sire and the pleasures Angelus offered her, Darla chose her lover and left with him.
In 1764, Angelus and Darla were back in York, where they were hunted down by Daniel Holtz, a vampire hunter. The lovers decided to punish Holtz by luring him to an empty cottage, leaving behind the message "How do you hope to save others, when you can't save your own?" While Holtz was on this chase, Angelus and Darla raped and killed Holtz's wife, Darla sired his daughter, and they killed his infant son. After being forced to slay his own daughter, Holtz swore revenge, and began a crusade to eliminate the two vampires that would last nearly an entire decade.
By 1765, Darla and Angelus fled from Italy to France with Holtz hot on their heels. Holtz managed to trap the pair within a burning barn, at which point Darla hit Angelus with a shovel and escaped on the only horse left. Angelus followed Darla all the way to Vienna, where he made her "pay for [Darla's] sins. Again and again".
In 1767, Darla and Angelus joined a couple of young vampire lovers, James and Elisabeth, in Marseilles. The couples burned the village of Comte de Leon to the ground, which attracted the attention of Holtz. While Darla and Elisabeth escaped to the ship that would take the four vampires to Morocco, James and Angelus stayed behind to face the vampire hunter. Angelus revealed his lover's whereabouts to save his own life, just as Darla had previously acted to save herself.
Darla reunited with Angelus as the two traveled through North Africa trying to escape Holtz. The pair were in Rome when the relentless Holtz found them in 1771. Holtz managed to capture Angelus with the aid of a traditionalist Catholic sect known as Inquisitore, although with the aid of a group of local vampires, Darla saved her lover from Holtz's torture. Angelus wondered if they should kill Holtz, but Darla answered that it was much more fun to continue to ruin his life.
- Angelus: "Did you find me a Saint?"
- Darla: "Better than that... She has the sight."
- — Angelus and Darla[src]
Back in London, the "family" of Darla and Angelus grew in 1860, when Darla showed him Drusilla, a young, pious girl blessed with visions, whom Angelus stalked and tortured into insanity before siring her. The trio remained unchanged until 1880, when Drusilla began to desire a mate of her own. She then sired William, a romantic, heart-broken poet. Around the same time William was turned, Darla had a fight with Angelus and returned to the side of the Master. Nonetheless, the couple reconciled shortly thereafter, only to be forced to leave London because William's attacks were drawing unnecessary attention. The foursome fled all the way to Yorkshire where they were forced to hide in abandoned mines, much to Darla's dismay. Around this time, Darla referred to herself, Angelus, Drusilla, and Spike as The Whirlwind.
By 1894, the foursome had traveled to Rome where they crossed paths with The Immortal, a mysterious being who had already met the vampires in Frankfurt and saved a group of nuns from Angelus. While Angelus and Spike were kidnapped on the Immortal's orders, he seduced Darla and Drusilla and "violated" the two willing vampires in a ménage à trois, a privilege they had never allowed Spike or Angel. A few years later, the four vampires traveled to Budapest to have some fun during the chaos of an earthquake.
In 1898, the Whirlwind traveled to Borsa, Romania. There, Darla gave Angelus a gift that would alter their lives forever--the favorite daughter of Clan Kalderash, a tribe of Roma. Angelus had his way with the girl for a night while Darla watched. His actions incurred the wrath of the Kalderash Elders, however, and one of their women performed a curse to restore Angelus' human soul. Angelus sought Darla's help, only to be rejected for having a "filthy soul."
Breaking up with AngelusEdit
—Darla, Five by Five
Nevertheless, Darla took Spike and Drusilla to massacre the Kalderash. As the two lovers slaughtered everyone they found, Darla tried to reason with the father of the Kalderash daughter and convince him to have Angelus' soul removed in exchange for sparing the lives of his wife and daughters. Darla's leverage was lost when they saw that Spike had already killed the Elder's family. Without further hope, Darla snapped the Elder's neck and ordered the two to massacre the entire tribe.
In November 1898, Darla and Drusilla almost ended up being Brides of Dracula, although the famous vampire escorted them to Whitby, Yorkshire with the intention of having them stake each other. Spike then led a mob to Dracula's castle, and during the assault, fled with Darla and Drusilla.
Darla, who had developed a taste for religious wars, took Spike and Drusilla to China in 1900 where the trio found themselves in the midst of the Boxer Rebellion. Angelus, who had followed them, begged Darla to accept him again, hoping to prove to his former lover and himself that he could still be part of The Whirlwind. However, Angelus limited himself to killing thieves, murderers, and rapists. He even tried to save a missionary family. Darla discovered the family—a father, mother, daughter, and infant child—killing all but the baby, whom she kept as a test for Angelus. Incapable of killing an innocent, Angelus fled with the baby, forever renouncing Darla.
In 1901, Darla and Angelus crossed paths once more in Budapest. By October 1934, Darla was living in Berlin, Germany. In September 1943, Darla had moved to England. By 1959, Darla had moved to the Hellmouth, Sunnydale, California with The Master.
- Angel: "What's with the Catholic schoolgirl look. Last time I saw you it was kimonos."
- Darla: "And last time I saw you it wasn't high school girls. Don't 'cha like?"
- — Angel and Darla confront each other after a century[src]
After so many centuries, Darla still lured her victims by pretending to be a timid, innocent young woman, even adding a schoolgirl uniform to her act. One of those she killed was an ex-student that she drained on the grounds of Sunnydale High. It was the inadvertent warning sign for Buffy Summers (the Slayer) that vampires were active in Sunnydale.
Darla came face to face with Buffy the night prior to the Harvest, when she seduced Sunnydale High student Jesse McNally. Even though Jesse was intended to be an offering to the Master, Darla bit Jesse, for which she would be reprimanded. Despite facing Buffy, however, Darla managed to take Jesse underground thanks to the intervention of Luke, the Master's leading acolyte. The following night, Darla joined Luke, the newly sired Jesse, and other vampires in their attack against The Bronze, where Luke intended to perform the Harvest in order to release the Master from his mystical prison. While Luke, Jesse, and other vampires were dusted by Buffy and the Scooby Gang, Darla was able to escape after Willow Rosenberg threw holy water at her face she attacked Giles.
For weeks, Darla laid low while several members of the Order (including Zachary) fell to Buffy's stake. She offered to kill the Slayer as an offering for her sire, but he sent The Three, a trio of ancient vampire warriors, instead. However, the Three failed due to the intervention of Darla's former lover Angelus, who had renamed himself "Angel" and allied himself with the Slayer. As penance, the Three offered their lives to the Master, and he allowed Darla to dust them, a task she gladly carried out.
Understanding that brute force wouldn't be enough to kill Buffy, Darla devised a plan to turn her against Angel, and force one to kill the other, though she hoped Angel would kill Buffy in self-defense and, having experienced killing once again, return to her side. Darla pretended to be a classmate of Buffy's in order to be invited to the Summers residence. Once inside, she attacked Buffy's mother, biting her and leaving her in Angel's arms. As Darla had planned, Buffy arrived to see her injured mother held by Angel in vampire face, and concluded that Angel was drinking from her mother. The vampire and the Slayer faced each other in the Bronze, but Buffy eventually realized that Angel was not responsible. Darla, carrying a pair of pistols with her, arrived to ensure Buffy would die. However, Darla's plan turned against her, as Angel staked her in order to protect Buffy.
Nearly three years later, the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart performed the Raising ritual from the Scrolls of Aberjian to resurrect Darla as a human to torment Angel and/or to turn him evil. During her short time as a human, Darla found it increasingly difficult to live with a soul and desperately wishedto be a vampire again. She also seemed to become close to Wolfram & Hart lawyer Lindsey McDonald, though whether this was a ploy or not is uncertain. Soon she learned that she was dying of the disease that had almost killed her before she was sired; syphilis. Though it was now easily cured when diagnosed early enough, Wolfram & Hart was, as Lindsey said, about a month and 400 years too late. It made her even more desperate to be turned into a vampire, but instead, Angel, through acts of bravery and nobility, finally convinced her to live out her remaining days as human. Angel then went through the trials to win Darla a new chance at life. Though he endured, it was for naught as Darla had already gotten her second chance at life, and Angel reassured her that he would be there for her. Once she had fully accepted and embraced her humanity and soul, Wolfram & Hart, angry that their plans were going awry, brought in Drusilla to sire Darla.
After Darla rose again, she was initially upset over becoming a vampire again and attacked Drusilla. However, she quickly embraced it once more. She and Dru then celebrated Darla's raising by attending a Wolfram & Hart function at the home of Holland Manners. Darla and Drusilla massacred most of the staff attending the party out of revenge for being used as pawns. The only two survivors were Lindsey McDonald and Lilah Morgan, who the two vampires wanted to use as means to get what they want.
Afterward, Darla and Drusilla attempted to recruit a gang of demons in order to take over Los Angeles, though they were all slaughtered by Angel. Shortly afterwards, Angel, descending into darkness due to having failed to rescue Darla, set both women on fire, though they did not die but were severely injured. As Drusilla went to Sunnydale to unsuccessfully try to bring Spike back into the fold, Darla hid in Lindsey's apartment to recover and hide from Wolfram & Hart, exploiting Lindsey's romantic interest in her.
Angel's perspective grew even darker when Holland Manners informed him that Wolfram & Hart's power came from the evil within humanity itself and that none of his good deeds would ever make a difference. Returning home, he realized Darla was laying in wait for him. Desperate to end his pain by losing his soul, he roughed her up and they had sex, with Darla gleefully expecting him to lose his soul, as the curse breaks when Angel experiences a moment of perfect happiness such as when he made love to Buffy Summers. The next morning, Angel still had his soul; sex with Darla made him experience perfect despair, rather than perfect happiness. Apologizing to Darla for his 'failure' to save her, Angel admitted that a part of him had seen it as part of his efforts to save himself—since she had created him, he had hoped that redeeming her would prove him worthy of redemption—but he now recognized that she was nothing to him, unable to even hate her. Surprised, angry, and upset, Darla attempted to stake Angel after he rejected her offer of a "repeat performance" to "get it right", only for Angel to grab the stake, informing Darla that he would allow her to live for now in gratitude for what she had done for him, but vowing that he would kill her next time he met her. As a result, Darla left Los Angeles.
However, the unthinkable had happened: Darla had become pregnant as a result of Angel winning a life by enduring the trials in an attempt to save her when she was dying. Darla visited every shaman in the Western Hemisphere, all of whom told her that her pregnancy was inherently impossible, but also impossible to abort. With nowhere else to turn, Darla went to Angel. Various theories emerged about the child; from a cult of vampires who worshiped it as a miracle, to the fear that it was the evil spoken of in the Tro-Clon prophesies. It turned out the child was simply a healthy human baby with whom the pregnant Darla was sharing a soul, allowing her to feel genuine love for the child and prompting her to seek innocent blood to feed it. This did not matter to Daniel Holtz, who had been brought through time by the demon Sahjhan to kill Angel and Darla.
Darla realized that she would lose her soul after giving birth and would be unable to love her child. She feared that she would kill the child eventually as her vampiric nature re-asserted itself once the child's soul was gone from her body. Additionally, her undead body was becoming increasingly unable to sustain the life of her unborn child in time for it to be born.
This child, Angel... It's the one good thing we've ever done together. The only good thing. You make sure to tell him that.—Darla to Angel, Lullaby
When Darla went into labor, things did not look well, and it appeared that she would lose the baby. Adding to the difficulties of birth, Darla and Angel were being pursued by the murderous Holtz, who chased them into the alley behind Caritas during a violent rainstorm. Darla realized that the baby would die in the alley, just as the human Liam had died in an alley in order to birth the vampire Angelus. After telling Angel to make sure that their son would know that he was the one good thing the two vampires had ever done together, Darla staked herself, leaving behind a pile of dust and a crying and healthy infant—a final act of redemption to ensure the life of their son, Connor.
Sometime later, Darla's spirit appeared to a teenaged Connor when he was being tempted by Cordelia Chase (possessed by the higher power later known as Jasmine) to murder an innocent teenage girl so that her blood could anoint a pregnant Cordelia so she could give birth to Jasmine. Sent by The Powers That Be, Darla pleaded with her son to not commit murder. Seemingly moved by his mother's words, Connor began to untie the girl, but "Cordelia" chastised him for allowing himself to be swayed by Darla's spirit, whose presence she could sense. "Cordelia" and Darla (the former clad completely in black and the latter in white) competed for Connor's soul, with Darla telling Connor to listen to his heart and "Cordelia" telling him that Darla was just an illusion created by Angel's team using magic in order to trick him. Cordelia's words combined with Connor's anxiety for the life of the "baby," ultimately won out and Connor exclaimed to Darla, "You are not my mother!" and dragged the terrified innocent girl to "Cordelia." Connor saw the girl take on Darla's form for a moment though "Cordelia" promptly killed her. The girl's corpse remained as Darla for a brief moment. Connor never mentioned what he saw to anybody.
When Spike went up against Wolfram & Hart in Las Vegas, the liaison to the Senior Partners, possessing human Jeremy Johns, told him that they were planning on creating a fake Darla in order to get to Connor.
As a human, Darla was a weathly prostitute who seemingly thought poorly of humanity as a whole. She scoffed at religion and was displeased when The Master appeared disguised as a priest. Darla had little opinion of herself as a human saying her soul was beyond saving and willing to let Satan take her. Like Angel, Dara ironically disliked sunlight as a human requesting to have the curtains drawn while she was sick.
As a vampire, Darla was cruel, manipulative and seductive. As a human, she was used. As a vampire, she used humans. She appears to view things from an immortal's perspective, seeing things from the point of view of someone who expects to live forever. She showed loyalty and dedication, though only to a certain point. She was faithful to the Master, but chose to leave his service to travel the world with Angelus (though she would periodically return to him). She would place her own safety over others, as seen when she left Angelus with a murderous mob and fled with the only horse.
Unlike most vampires, Darla became a vampire by choice, accepting the Master's gift and entering into his service. Darla appears to have had little attachement to who she was before becoming a vampire, even forgetting her birth name. Darla has also displayed pettiness and jealousy, becoming instantly aggravated at the though that Angelus had loved Buffy more than her.
Darla often used her beauty and sexuality to lure unsuspecting prey. Unlike her more aggressive male counterparts (Angelus and Spike), she was rarely seen hunting; her prey willingly approached her, never suspecting their fate until it was too late.
Despite her cruelty and evil nature, Dara genuinely loved Angelus and later their son Connor. But due to being a soulless Vampire she was disgusted by Angelus soul and desperately tried to get rid of it and bring “her boy” back.
When brought back as human and seeing Angel risk everything to save her and cure her. Darla was overwhelmed saying she wasn’t worth it. She was even willing to accept her death so long as she with Angel.
When turned into a Vampire for a second time by Drusilla, Darla still retained some of the positive nature she gained in her short time as a human. She initially lashed out at Drusilla angrily for turning her back. And when gathering Vampires and told that Angel was nearby by Drusilla she express the same love for as she had as human notably saying “Angel” instead of “Angelus”
Darla most redeemed herself with the birth of her son Connor. Darla already changed by the baby in her womb she felt the guilt over the pain she had caused Holtz and expressed it to Angel. Knowing it was the only way to save her son she staked herself leaving Connor alive in her ashes.
When she appears again to Connor in spirit form, Darla is completely different. She is angelic and laments her past sins Darla and tries dissuade her son from the dark path he’s taken but is tragically unsuccessful.
She also has a taste for luxury, classical music, and places with a view.
Powers and Abilities EditDarla had the standard powers and vulnerabilities of a vampire. Additionally, she was stronger than most vampires because of her age and possessed a higher resistance to holy items. When Monseigneur Rivalli tried to ward her off with his cross necklace, Darla tossed him aside without a care (she was around 200 years old at that point). It appears that Darla did not suffer a reduction in her powers after being re-born, as she was able to easily overpower Angel moments after re-awakening as a vampire. Darla displayed the psychic connection vampires have with those they sire: she was able to sense Angel's presence when he was close and could even tell that he was in the same city. Somehow she retained this connection even as a human. It appears that some vampires have the ability to sense a soul in others. Whether Darla sensed the soul in Angelus by possessing this ability is unclear, for it could be incidental with the fact that she sired him and was extremely close to him.
Imagine Bonnie and Clyde if they had a hundred and fifty years to get it right.—Cordelia Chase, Dear Boy
- Angel/Angelus - Finding a human Liam causing fights in taverns, Darla was fascinated with his rebelliousness and was strongly attracted him. When Liam confessed to her he'd like to explore the world, Darla seduced him and took the opportunity to sire him as a vampire. Having turned Liam, who began calling himself Angelus, they Darla were lovers for over a century, Darla even left The Master to live with her "dear boy." As Angelus, he was fond of Darla's ruthlessness and unpredictability, causing destruction and leaving countless death in their wake. However, neither had any true loyalty towards each other, as they frequently left the other to die on many occasions if it would save themselves. Their twisted romance continued until Angelus was cursed with a soul by the Kalderash Clan. Darla was disgusted with him, and ended their relationship after threatening to kill him. Lost and confused, Angel had originally sought to earn himself back into her good graces since she was all he had ever known, but could not find it in him to kill innocents anymore. He had only killed murderers and criminals, utterly repulsing Darla with his sympathy for humanity. They would reunite years later in 1997 in Sunnydale after finding a path as a champion of the people due to his strong affection for the Slayer, Buffy Summers. Darla had attempted to twist him to give up on redemption and embrace his dark side, showing her disgust with his feelings for a slayer and taunting him by saying Buffy would never be able to fully accept him. Ultimately, Angel was forced to stake his sire in order to protect Buffy, though it was later indicated he had carried a degree of guilt over it. Darla was later resurrected as a human by Wolfram & Hart, intending to destroy Angel's high morals and drive him over the edge. Using a mystical powder to make her appear in his dreams, Darla and Angel had many dream encounters together. They were often depicted as sexual, but with a bizarre sense of affection between them. Darla also was able to manipulate the dreams into flashbacks of their past. Upon the realization that Darla was resurrected, Angel became obsessed with finding her. After attempting to frame him for the murder of a human, Angel and Darla had a confrontation near a convent. Angel's feelings for Darla were established as being ambivalent, as he had threatened to kill her if she killed another innocent, but also ended up kissing her. Darla did her utmost to manipulate him into losing his soul with her through a "moment of pure happiness". However, Angel mostly resisted and told her that while she had taught him many things, she never made him happy. When she referenced his relationship with Buffy and the happiness he felt with her, Angel was amused at her bitterness and told her that he could never have loved her during their relationship because he didn't have a soul. He informed her of the guilt she would feel eventually over her sins before Darla escaped him. Angel became increasingly obsessed over Darla, drawing several sketches of her in his room during his brooding. As he had predicted, Darla began to feel the burden of her soul and could not come to terms with her horrible past. She had sought out Angel for help since he was the only one who knew what she was feeling. Angel had accepted immediately, greatly sympathizing with his sire. However, when Darla begged him to turn her into a vampire again to remove the guilt, Angel objected. Darla was furious at his refusal, and told him to stay away from her. When Darla was revealed to be dying of syphilis, Angel went to extreme lengths to save her so that she would be given a second chance at life, trying to sway her from her desire to be a vampire again. Guided by Lorne, Angel took a dangerous life-or-death trial for her to be granted a second chance and was even willing to die himself if it meant Darla would live again. Ultimately, this noble act granted Darla a possible second chance, but it was too late for her since she had already been resurrected by supernatural means. Angel was furious and deeply distraught, blaming himself for her shortened life. After she had come to terms with her inevitable death, Angel comforted her and promised he would be with her so she would not be alone for her death. However, Lindsey suddenly appeared with Drusilla, who turned her back into a vampire to have them be a "family" again; Angel could only look on helplessly. He became determined to stake Darla before she rose into a vampire, but was distracted by Drusilla who briefly fought him. Darla had become a vampire again, attacked him, and left. While they were on different sides again, Angel willingly locked the Wolfram & Hart lawyers to be fed on by Darla and Drusilla. Alienating himself from his team, he continually trained and was obsessed with finding where Darla and Drusilla were. When he eventually did find them, Angel found he still wasn't able to stake Darla because he still remembered her brief moments of humanity and how much pain she had been through. Managing to harden himself, he rigged his location when he found them again and set both Darla and Drusilla on fire with a cigarette and gasoline. Some weeks later, a vengeful Darla would return to interfere with Angel's plan to fight the Senior Partners. At the peak of ultimate despair, he forced himself on her in a desperate attempt to escape his depression and relinquish his soul. After kissing him for a while, Darla pushed him away in anger and confusion. Angel threw her violently across the room and explained he was doing this because nothing mattered to him anymore. Darla stopped resisting and the two proceeded to have rough sex in his room. Angel would soon feel immense pain in his chest afterwards, echoing that of losing his soul the first time with Buffy. Darla realized he had not become Angelus after some hesitation and was infuriated. Angel explained that he had a "moment of perfect despair" and that's how it's always been with her. He also admitted that his earlier desperation to save her had more to do with himself than genuinely wanting to save Darla, believing that since she had turned him into a monster it would prove he could be redeemed. Finding himself again, Angel was grateful towards her and decided to spare her. However, he firmly told Darla that if she stayed in Los Angeles he would have to kill her. When Darla became pregnant with her and Angel's son, Connor, Darla tells Angel that their son is "the only good thing" that they ever did together; she then stakes herself in order to allow Connor to be born.
- The Immortal - Darla, along with Drusilla, had been seduced by The Immortal and he had slept with both of them at the same time. Angelus and Spike were outraged with this betrayal, as neither of them had ever let them do that. Darla seemed greatly amused by their jealousy, and further antagonized both of them by reminding the two it had been "concurrent".
- The Master — Darla was sired by The Master, and they had something of a father/daughter relationship. Despite respecting her "father", Darla wanted to see the world with Angelus. After Darla parted from the re-ensouled Angel over a century later, she returned to The Master. By 1997, Darla was one of The Master's acolytes. The Master was markedly upset by Darla's death at the hands of Angel, in stark contrast to his indifference to the deaths of his other acolytes at various times. Darla in turn displayed reverence and respect for the Master.
- Drusilla — Angel was Drusilla's sire. When he proposed that she joins the "family", Darla showed a reluctance to accept Drusilla, considering her raving. However, when Drusilla became a vampire, Darla accepted her more or less, and was not averse to the idea of sharing Angel with her. Drusilla in turn liked Darla, developing a daughterly affection for her. Although Darla often showed annoyance with Drusilla, who nicknamed her "grandmother", they developed a strong emotional, if a little bit strange relationship. It was a mother-daughter, sisterly and at times sexual love. It was strongly represented after Darla was sired a second time where having fought violently they made a long embrace. Their bisexuality was moreover confirmed in Rome when "The Immortal" slept with both vampires at the same time. They also then bathed together where Drusilla requested that Darla hold her underwater.
- Connor — She killed herself giving birth of her son, and thus they never met In episode "Inside Out" she appears to him and tries to convince him not to sacrifice a girl. It's unclear whether this was truly Darla's spirit, a vision sent by Powers That Be or just the conscience of Connor (he knows the appearance of his mother by the many drawings of her Angel made).
- Buffy Summers - Darla and Buffy were enemies in Sunnydale when she served The Master. Darla was also very disgusted by Angel's obvious affection for the slayer, remarking that he loved someone who despised vampires. She had attempted to kill Buffy after nearly draining her mother, but was stopped by Angel when he staked her. Three and a half years later, Darla was still bitter over Angel's feelings for Buffy and could not believe she had been able to make him happy. She expressed her established dislike of Buffy and claimed Angel had only felt so strongly for her because she had been something 'new'.
- Cordelia Chase - Though they deeply hate each other, they become relatives of sort with the births of Connor and then Jasmine.
- Lilah Morgan - Although both were allied with Wolfram & Hart, Darla and Lilah have a mutual disdain for each other. This antagonism is demonstrated acutely when Darla was human. Plausibly because the two women have a similar personality, two women who used their seduction and manipulation for their sinister objectives. Because of it, they had a hatred comprehension. After Darla become vampire and although she spared her, Lilah becomes openly hostile fascinating a malicious delight to imagine her be dissected when pregnant with Connor. When facing the vampire hunter Daniel Holtz, Darla's old nemesis, Lilah had any hesitation to specify him that, contrary to Angel, Darla wasn't ensouled (ironically, because of Connor's influence, Darla was).
- Spike — When first seeing Spike when he was a human, she jokingly suggested that Drusilla sire him as her companion and described him as "the first drooling idiot that comes along". Darla seemed to find Spike largely an annoyance as his rebellious antics led to the Whirlwind into trouble, endangering them constantly. Spike further disappointed Darla when he killed the family of the Elder of the clan that ensouled Angel as Darla had tried to offer their protection in exchange undoing the curse. She then told him along with Drusilla to kill everyone, something he was good at. Despite this, it is somewhat implied that they may have shared a sexual relationship since when the Immortal had sex with both Darla and Drusilla concurrently, Angelus claimed they never let him or Spike do that.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- She was portrayed by Julie Benz.
- Darla was the first seen vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Darla spoke the first line of dialogue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
- Darla was a "Little Bad" during season 1 of Buffy, an acolyte of The Master (the "Big Bad" during season 1 of Buffy), the sire and the one that made Angelus (the "Big Bad" during season 2 of Buffy), the "Big Bad" in season 2 of "Angel", and an anti-hero of season 3 of Angel.
- Darla the second of four members of The Whirlwind (after Angel and before Spike and Drusilla) to be ensouled, in 2000.
- Darla is the only female Vampire in the series to ever become pregnant.
- Darla is currently the only member of The Whirlwind to be dead in series' canon. Although Angel, Spike and Drusilla are all technically dead (as they are vampires), they are classified as undead. Darla is the only one who is truly dead and inactive.
- Darla has the record of most real deaths in the Buffyverse with 4 (Sired by The Master in 1609, staked by Angel in 1997, re-sired by Drusilla in 2000, staked herself in 2001).
- Darla was originally going to die in "The Harvest" when Willow threw the holy water on her, but this was changed when she was made part of Angel's back story.
- Darla was supposed to appear in Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, making her a key character in the show, but Joss Whedon instead decided to make her have a larger role in Angel.
- Along with Angel, Cordelia and Harmony, she is one of only four characters to appear in both the first season of Buffy and the final season of Angel.
- Out of the four she is the only one who was never a main cast member.
- According to Julie Benz, she was used to test the vampire makeup at the start of the show where she initially had an allergic reaction towards the prosthetic. Benz has also stated that "taking that makeup off, it was like having six layers of skin ripped off your face every time. It was miserable and the contact lenses were terrible. I don't wear contacts and I don't know how people do it, sticking things in their eyeballs all the time."
- Benz has pointed out that in the Buffy pilot episode, Darla—attempting to dress like a high school student—exaggerates it with a "little twist", wearing a Catholic schoolgirl uniform instead. "I think I influenced Darla fashion-wise in the second season of Angel where she was a little more classic-looking and tailored," Benz says, explaining she collaborated with the costume designer to transition Darla into a "hipper look" when she became a vampire again.
- Benz also explains in the behind the scenes of Angel, that her character’s love for Angelus has a strong marternal side to it since she sired Angel.
- Darla plausibly inspired the creation of two characters with similar personalities: Lorena Krasiki, portrayed by Mariana Klaveno from True Blood and Adalind Schade, portrayed by Claire Coffee from Grimm (also created by David Greenwalt). Like the first, they are the sire of a principal vampire male character Angel/Bill, in rivalry with the heroically female character Buffy/Sookie and had racial hatred against humanity. Like the second, they are two evil creatures vampire/wesen like-witch, disguised into young blond female, using manipulation and seduction. The two women become also humans, state for which they do not wish. But eventually becomes again monsters. They also become mothers of strange babies. Lately, Adalind had a second child, conceveid with Nick, the protagonist and her main ennemy.
- Benz was very surprised by the audience changing reaction to her character. Initially despising her, by the time of Angel and her sacrifice. Benz was amazed to see that fans had grown to love her and cried over her second death.
Darla has appeared in 25 episodes: 5 on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 20 on Angel.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Havens, Candace, Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy Benbella Books (May 1, 2003), p35–36.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Julie Benz: Biography". TVGuide. Rovi Corporation. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/julie-benz/bio/159329. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Live From Toronto’s Comic Con 2011: Julie Benz Talks BUFFY, ANGEL, DEXTER and NO ORDINARY FAMILY". TheTVAddict.com. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2011/03/20/live-from-torontos-comic-con-2011-julie-benz-talks-buffy-angel-dexter-and-no-ordinary-family/. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Scott Brazil (director), David Greenwalt (writer) (April 14, 1997). "Angel". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. episode 6. season 1. Fox.
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- ↑ "Destiny"
- ↑ "Fool for Love"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "The Trial"
- ↑ "Five by Five"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Darla"
- ↑ "Angel"
- ↑ "First Impressions"
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "Dear Boy"
- ↑ "Reunion"
- ↑ "Redefinition"
- ↑ "Reprise"
- ↑ "Epiphany"
- ↑ "Lullaby"
- ↑ "The Girl in Question"
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMw5j5tnYE8
- ↑ http://www.thetvaddict.com/2011/03/20/live-from-torontos-comic-con-2011-julie-benz-talks-buffy-angel-dexter-and-no-ordinary-family/
- ↑ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/angel/interviews/benz/index.shtml
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