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This article is about the former roommate of Buffy Summers. For the sister of Liam (Angel), see Kathy.


"I just know that this whole year is gonna be super fun!"
―Kathy to Buffy[src]

Kathy Newman was a 3000 year old Mok'tagar demon who disguised herself as a human so that she could attend UC Sunnydale.

Biography

Buffy and Kathy shared a room at the beginning of freshman year, and quickly grew annoyed by each other. Kathy was an obnoxiously chipper, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Céline Dion fan who would play the Cher song Believe over and over again. She was especially difficult about Buffy's phone usage. Buffy's dislike toward Kathy eventually grew into a psychosis, causing Buffy to become convinced that Kathy was a demon and take extreme measures such as stealing her toenails so that they could be inspected for anything suspicious.

It ultimately transpired that Kathy actually was a demon, and that Buffy's insanity was a side-effect of having her soul gradually stolen over several nights. Kathy was doing so because her parents were coming to force her to return to her dimension and she believed that they would take whichever girl in the room didn't have a soul.

Thanks to the efforts of Rupert Giles and Willow Rosenberg, however, the portions of Buffy's soul which Kathy had earlier stolen were restored while the two were in the middle of a fight. Immediately after the transfer was completed, Kathy's father arrived and forcibly took Kathy back with him.

With Kathy's departure, Willow, having been experiencing her own roommate problems, moved in with Buffy.

Personality

Kathy was a rather strange individual who was obsessive compulsive. Her unusual activities included measuring pencils after sharpening them to make sure that they were the same length and labeling all of her food with her name. It is possible that she adopted these behaviors to seem as human as possible. She had a constantly cheerful attitude, using phrases like "super" and "what the blizzard". Also, according to Parker Abrams, she was a closet hockey fan.

Powers and abilities

"Buffy was right. Not only do Kathy's toenails keep growing when they're cut, they regenerate if they're destroyed-"
―Rupert Giles[src]

As a Mok'tagar, Kathy had the ability to drain the soul of humans through the Ritual of Mok'tagar. She also had regenerative abilities, demonstrated when her toenails kept growing even after being cut, as well as superhuman strength and fighting skills rivaling that of a Slayer.

Behind the Scenes

  • She was portrayed by Dagney Kerr.
  • Article with Dagney Kerr on her time with the cast and crew from BTVS.

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