- "Gnarl makes a pretty picture. It's easy when you know how. It's easy when everyone helps. They helped me. Too bad there's no one to help you."
In 2002, Gnarl killed and flayed a teenage tagger. Willow Rosenberg attempted to stop him by using a spell to locate his lair, however, Gnarl managed to paralyze her and began feeding on the skin of her stomach. Buffy Summers, Xander Harris and Anya Jenkins then intervened having previously entered the cave where Gnarl paralysed Dawn Summers. Buffy then fought Gnarl and after a brief battle she killed him by gouging his eyes with her thumbs. This then released both Willow and Dawn from their paralysis.
- " A demon called "Gnarl." He's a parasite with these nasty long fingernails. He secretes something through them and uses that to paralyze his victims. He then cuts strips of their skin while they're still alive. It takes hours."
- ―Dawn Summers[src]
Gnarl possessed long, talon-shaped fingernails which secrete a paralyzying poisen that renders his victim completely immoble, though their body's position can be shifted by others and they can still somewhat talk. The paralyzes remains with the victim until Gnarl is killed, giving him endless hours to feed their skin alive.
Gnarl also had acute reflexes and agility, able to appear out of nowhere, strike Dawn and quickly retreat out of the scene. Gnarl was also immune to magic as Willow tried to cast a spell on him but did nothing, instead having Gnarl claim he loves spells and keeps them as 'pets' and they "leave him alone".
- "They were here. Here they were. And there they went. Gone, all gone, what a pretty song. They sealed you in with me. I love a gifty. Can't wait to unwrap it."
Gnarl possessed a sadistic and somewhat childlike personality, taunting Willow by claiming her friends didn't care about her while feeding on her. He spoke in singsong, almost nursery rhyme-like couplets as well as in third-person.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by Camden Toy.
- Gnarl had many resemblances to Gollum from The Lord of Rings series of books.