- "I'm Professor Walsh. Those of you who fall into my good graces will come to know me as Maggie. Those of you who don't will come to know me by the nickname my T.A.'s use and think I don't know about, the Evil Bitch-Monster of Death."
- ―Maggie Walsh[src]
Professor Maggie Walsh was a UC Sunnydale professor, teaching Introduction to Psychology, and Director of The Initiative. She was also the mentor of Riley Finn, who served as her Teaching Assistant, and the creator of Adam.
- "She was the one who shaped your basic operating system. She taught you how to think, how to feel. She fed you chemicals to make you stronger, your mind and body."
- ―Adam on Maggie Walsh, to Riley Finn[src]
Walsh first became involved with Buffy Summers when the young Slayer was enrolled in her Psychology class, along with Willow Rosenberg and Daniel "Oz" Osbourne in their first year at UC Sunnydale. At the university, Maggie had a fearsome reputation as an academic and taskmaster. However, like Buffy, she also led a secret double life: she was a chief member of the Initiative, a secret government agency located below the university. The Initiative employed a team of commandos, led by Riley Finn, tasked with capturing demons and vampires. The captured demons were taken back to the Initiative, where experiments were performed on them. Maggie was also involved in the 314 Project, a secret operation intended to create a race of supersoldiers part human, part demon and part machine. The first of these was Adam.Maggie maintained a close relationship with Riley, who looked on her as a mother figure. As Riley developed a relationship with Buffy, the identity of the Slayer became known to Maggie. Though she initially thought that Buffy was a useful ally, Maggie soon disliked her unpredictability and unwanted curiosity, especially in regards to Project 314. She also grew jealous of Buffy's hold over Riley, and spied on them making love on the Initiative's monitors.
Eventually, Maggie tried to kill Buffy by sending her on a mission on which she was ambushed by two demons released from the Initiative's holding cells. However, Buffy defeated the demons and appeared on the monitors when Maggie prematurely announced Buffy's death to Riley, causing the latter to lose trust in her. An embittered Maggie retreated to the labs of Project 314, where she plotted how to use Adam to defeat Buffy. However, Adam awoke and impaled Maggie, killing her, and escaped from the Initiative.
- "Mother kept her secrets well... Didn't you?. This is all as she planned it. Except she thought she would be alive..."
Maggie's corpse was "artificially reanimated with moderate brain activity" and employed by Adam as a servant for the final stage the 314 Project, which involved locking up the Initiative and then unleashing all captured demons on the soldiers so they would annihilate each other. This would leave behind a large number of human and demon corpses to build an entire army of creatures like Adam. Walsh also set Riley up to be part of 314 by implanting a chip within his body that could be used to control his actions.
When Buffy appeared at the Secret Laboratory to confront Adam and save Riley, corpse Walsh tried to attack her with a bone saw. Riley managed to remove the chip in his body that was used to pacify him and ripped out the tubes pumping blood to keep Walsh reanimated, killing her for good.
After the Scooby Gang defeated Adam and defeated the demons rampaging within the complex alongside the Initiative soldiers, the U.S. government deemed that Walsh's vision of using demons for military purposes was brilliant, but ultimately impossible due to the volatile nature of demonkind, officially closing down the Initiative.
Behind the Scenes
- She was portrayed by Lindsay Crouse.
- In the non-canonical comic Haunted #3-4, her spirit roamed the hallways of the laboratories. When the Hellmouth swallowed Sunnydale, her astral essence became visible to others, causing Buffy to reflect over memories of having recently died herself (she got better).
- Lindsay Crouse later guest-starred with Nicholas Brendon (Alexander Harris), Luke Perry (Oliver Pike), Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), Juliet Landau (Drusilla Keeble), Clayne Crawford (Rodney Munson), Jennifer Hetrick (Ms. Moran), Edward Edwards (Travis), Jeff Kober (Zachary Kralik/Rack), Michael Cudlitz (Big Bob), Leonard Roberts (Forrest Gates), Bailey Chase (Graham Miller), Maury Sterling (Barney) Conor O'Farrell (McNamara), Sam Anderson (Holland Manners), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), Steve Rankin (Mr. Maclay), Randy Thompson (Aaron Kriegel), Nick Chinlund (Ellis), Abraham Benrubi (Olaf), Wade Andrew Williams (Gregor), Keith Szarabajka (Daniel Holtz), John Rubinstein (Linwood Murrow), Angela Sarafyan (Lori), Gina Torres (Jasmine) and Jon Billingsley (Evan Royce) on Criminal Minds.