Darla (Buffyverse)

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Character
Name: Darla
Occupation: vampire
Title/Rank: matriarch of the Order of Aurelius
Location: Sunnydale & LA
Status: dead/ghostly (4th time lucky?)
Relationships: Angelus (lover & childe); the Master (sire); Connor (son); Drusilla (grandchilde & sire); Spike (great-grandchilde); Lindsey McDonald (lover)
Fandom: Buffyverse
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Darla is a recurring character in the Buffyverse. She's played by Julie Benz.

Canon

The matriarch of the Order of Aurelius, Darla is the sire of Angelus, and thus the grandsire of Drusilla and great-grandsire of Spike. Darla is a contender for the Most Deaths in the Buffyverse. As a human she worked as a prostitute, and was dying of syphilis when she was sired as a vampire by the Master in 1609 Virginia. Her human name is unknown.[1] The first vampire to appear on the show, she's one of the Master's minions in Buffy the Vampire Slayer S1 and is killed by Angel. She's resurrected as a human by Wolfram & Hart at the end of Angel S1, only to be re-sired by Drusilla, as she's still dying of syphilis. She thanks W&H by murdering a bunch of lawyers in a wine cellar, including Holland Manners. After a night with Angel, she conceives Connor; influenced by the baby's soul, she stakes herself to allow him to be born, and subsequently advises him as a ghost.

Fandom

Indri complains Darla is a much under-used character, unless she's stalking around as a member of the Fanged Four or slapping up Angel.[2] Bookishwench describes her as perhaps one of the most overlooked female characters present in the fictional universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[3] Little was written about her before she was resurrected on Angel.[4] In fanfiction, backstories are common, exploring her 150-year history with Angelus; Darla is particularly popular in Fanged Four stories that depict Darla, Angelus, Drusilla & Spike in the period before Angel was cursed with a soul. She only rarely gets written solo. Her four deaths and her decision to commit suicide to allow Connor's birth are examined in a little fanfiction & meta.

Her most popular pairing is her canonical one with Angel(us), but the Fanged Four are often assumed to have sex in all combinations, so there's also plenty of Darla/Drusilla, Darla/Spike and assorted threesomes & foursomes. In het, Darla/Lindsey is moderately common and there's a little Darla/the Master. Femslash is fairly popular; although Drusilla is her most common partner, Darla has also been paired with Buffy, Cordelia, Willow, Faith, Dawn, Joyce, Fred & Lilah.

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References

  1. Very little about her human life is known; Bookishwench points out that she could not have been born in Virginia as the colony was only established in 1607.[1]
  2. Blood and Weetabix Recommends (accessed 16 September 2015)
  3. bookishwench: Essayathon Entry: Darla's Views on Relationships and Love (accessed 16 September 2015)
  4. selenak: Fanged Four Dynamics revisited (accessed 16 September 2015)