|Moloch the Corruptor|
- "This world is so new, so exciting. And I can see all of it. Everything flows through me. I know the secrets of your kings. But none of it compares to having form again. To be able to walk... to touch... to kill."
- ―Moloch the Corruptor[src]
Moloch the Corruptor, alias Malcolm Black was a demon who charmed and mesmerized his victims with promises of love, power and knowledge.
- "Do you love me? I will give you everything. All I want is your love."
Moloch's soul was trapped inside a tome created by an order of monks in 1418. Moloch was accidentally released when Willow Rosenberg scanned the book's text, thus activating the release spell that bound him to the book. Under normal circumstances, Moloch would have emerged back into the real world when his book was read, but due to the unique nature of his release in this instance, he was instead released onto the Internet.
Now in virtually complete control of potentially any computer system he could access, Moloch went on to woo Willow while posing as an eighteen-year-old boy called Malcolm Black, simultaneously 'recruiting' Willow's fellow "computer geeks" David Kirby and Fritz Siegel. He also charmed the scientists of Calax Research and Development to help him as he attempted to construct a new body for himself, eventually constructing a powerful robotic body while retaining a 'wireless' connection to the Internet that allowed him to access any information he wanted. Meanwhile, he had Fritz follow Buffy Summers, when the Slayer began investigation "Malcolm" and then ordered him to kill her. Moloch also had Fritz kill Dave when the latter had a qualm of conscience after the attempted murder of the Slayer.
He claimed to genuinely love Willow due to her releasing him into this new world, offering her a place at his side in his new world order, but attempted to kill her after she rejected him. Aided by techno-pagan Jenny Calendar, Giles attempted to bind Moloch back in the book, but the spell initially simply cut Moloch off from the Internet, and trapped him in the robotic body instead. In the ensuing confrontation, Buffy tricked Moloch into punching into a circuit breaker, overloading the body's circuits him and completely disabling his robotic body.
Power and Abilities
Moloch had the ability to mesmerize and influence the minds of humans and was strong enough to snap a neck with a single hand.
While digitized Moloch could take control any electronic system wired to the internet. In his robotic body, he possessed physical strength sufficient enough to punch through solid walls, and take a jumping kick from Buffy without even flinching.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by Michael Deak and voiced by Mark Deakins.