Before he was sired, Lyle and his brother were murderers, known for their extreme brutality, such as massacring an entire Mexican village.
The Gorch Brothers
In 1998, Lyle and Tector arrived to Sunnydale. When seducing a young woman at the local mall, Lyle crossed paths with the Slayer Buffy Summers. After a brief fight, Lyle fled before she could stake him. Lyle and his brother then relocated into the sewers where they fed exclusively on rats in order not to draw attention to themselves. Lyle and Tector then attacked Buffy at her school while its study body, faculty and Buffy's mother where possessed by the Bezoar. Lyle then became enraged when the Bezoar devoured Tector, inexplicably blaming Buffy for his brother's demise. While fighting Buffy, he also fought off some of the attacking students. After witnessing Buffy kill the Bezoar, covered in its blood and guts, Lyle then fled the scene out of fear.
At some point in 1998, Lyle married fellow vampire Candy. The two spent their honeymoon money to participate in "SlayerFest '98", traveling to Sunnydale months after his encounter with the Slayer in order to kill Buffy and Faith Lehane as to avenge his brother. Despite lacking any weapons or preparation as the other contestants did, Lyle devised a plan. He and Candy broke into the Sunnydale High library, knocked out Buffy's Watcher Rupert Giles and waited for the Slayers to come for their Watcher in hopes of ambushing them with Buffy's own weapons. After Candy was staked by Buffy, and mad Lyle threatened her until Cordelia Chase (who had been mistaken for Faith) stood up to him and claimed to be a worse Slayer than Buffy. Because of his "fight or flight" personality and not knowing that Cordelia wasn't actually a Slayer, Lyle fled Sunnydale, once again.
Behind the Scenes
- Lyle was possibly after a similar (non-vampire) character from The Wild Bunch, played by Warren Oates.
- He was portrayed by Jeremy Ratchford.
- Lyle, along with Drusilla, Sheila Martini, Dav and Harmony Kendall, is one of the few non-souled vampires who survived the full series of Buffy and Angel.
- The 1969 Sam Peckinpah classic The Wild Bunch had two outlaw brothers named Tector and Lyle Gorch (played by Ben Johnson and Warren Oates). Set in 1913, both Gorch brothers are definitely not vampires. Whether these Gorches are related is unknown.