"The name means "child death". This book says he feeds off of children by sucking the life out of them. Eew! But anyway, afterwards, it looks like they died because they were sick."

-Cordelia Chase, "Killed by Death


Der Kindestod is a demon that preys on sick children. He appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Killed by Death", and was portrayed by James Jude Courtney.


Der Kindestod was a demon who killed children by sucking the life out of them. One of his victims was a girl named Celia, whose death was witnessed by her cousin, Buffy Summers.

In 1998, Buffy, now a Slayer, encountered Der Kindestod again while being treated for flu at Sunnydale General Hospital. She killed him by breaking his neck.

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"Uh, the, um, the Kindestod gorges by sitting atop his prey, pinning it down, uh, helplessly. Then he slowly draws out the life. I-it must be, uh, h-horrifying for the victim."

-Rupert Giles, "Killed by Death"

Der Kindestod is invisible to all adults and can only be seen by children, madmen and the feverishly ill. His eyeballs extend and latch onto people, leeching their life force.


Der Kindestod is german and literally means "the child's death". In german this term is used in "plötzlicher Kindestod", the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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