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Clement, usually referred to as Clem, was a peaceful Loose-Skinned Demon who lived in Sunnydale and later Los Angeles. He was a friend and ally to the Scooby Gang, as well as an occasional crypt-sitter and poker buddy of Spike.

Biography

Clem befriended Buffy Summers and Spike, with whom he regularly attended kitty poker, as he seemingly fed on them. Due to his non-violent, gentle personality, Clem became an ally of the Scooby Gang. When he and Spike crashed Buffy's 21st birthday party, he became friendly with most of the gang,[1] and then was invited to the ultimately-aborted wedding of Xander Harris and Anya Jenkins.[2] He ended up taking care of Dawn when Buffy Summers needed to face Dark Willow. Later, he assisted Buffy when she was teaching the Potential Slayers.

Clem left Sunnydale shortly before its destruction originally for Nebraska and established himself in Los Angeles. Months later, he became a cast member of Harmony Bites, a reality TV show starring vampire and former Sunnydale resident Harmony Kendall in his capacity as Harmony's low-paid personal assistant. Sometime after Harmony Bites was cancelled, Clem and Harmony relocated to London to continue pursuing her reality TV career, which now included a judging spot on Britain's Got Talent. The pair later sought help from Angel and Faith Lehane after someone began blackmailing Harmony with a tape of her siring a lover. Angel and Faith deduced that Clem was the blackmailer, and he confessed that his plan had been to make Harmony love him by solving the case himself. While Harmony rejected Clem's romantic overtures outright, she forgave his betrayal and agreed to give him a raise on the basis that his salary was would be paid by Simon Cowell and not her.

Personality and Traits

Clem had large, floppy ears, loose skin, and a benevolent disposition, despite being a demon who occasionally played poker with live kittens as antes. However, he later abstained from eating kittens for health and, ostensibly, moral reasons.

Unlike the other demons in Sunnydale, who are evil or consider Buffy Summers like their worst nightmare, Clem is one of the few demons who respects and supports the Slayer.

Though his appearance was typically marked by his mostly saggy skin, occasionally explained away as a "skin condition",[1] he did have the ability to open his face, revealing a number of frightening, multicolored tentacle appendages. Such an occasion frightened the Potential Slayers, proving Buffy's point that that even the most harmless demon could be terrifying.[3] In another instance he is seen using the snakes which protrude from his face to protect himself and Harmony's pet dogs from vampires.[4]

Clem revealed that his kind of demon does not kill, as it feeds on emotion, particularly embarrassment. Many of his kind walk around naked for that reason, although Clem claims he has internalized Western beauty standards.[4]

According to Dawn, Clem appreciates Xander, implying that he's bixesual or omnisexual. However, Dawn says it in a joking tone after revealing that Xander has a dangerous meeting with Lissa.

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Behind the Scenes

  • He was portrayed by James C. Leary.
  • Clem claims to be from out of town in "Hell's Bells" despite appearing within Sunnydale in previous episodes. This implies that he did not permanently move to Sunnydale up to this point.

Appearances

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season Six:
Bargaining, Part One Bargaining, Part Two After Life Flooded Life Serial

Appears

All the Way Once More, with Feeling Tabula Rasa Smashed Wrecked Gone
Doublemeat Palace Dead Things Older and Far Away

Appears

As You Were Hell's Bells

Appears

Normal Again Entropy Seeing Red

Appears

Villains

Appears

Two to Go

Appears

Grave
Season Seven:
Lessons Beneath You Same Time, Same Place

(mentioned)

Help Selfless Him Conversations with Dead People Sleeper Never Leave Me Bring on the Night Showtime
Potential

Appears

The Killer in Me First Date

(mentioned)

Get It Done Storyteller Lies My Parents Told Me Dirty Girls Empty Places

Appears

Touched End of Days Chosen

Season Eight

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

Shorts

Season Nine

Angel & Faith

Season Ten

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten

References

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