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Mr. Trick
Trick
First appearance "Faith, Hope & Trick"
Last appearance "Consequences"
Information
Aliases Mr. Trick
Status Deceased
Classification Vampire
Affiliation Kakistos
Mayor Wilkins
Notable powers Mr. Trick possesses all the common strengths and weaknesses of a vampire
Portrayed by  K Todd Freeman

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"There's a reason these vengeance crusades are out of style. It's the modern vampire who sees the big picture."
―Mr. Trick[src]

Mr. Trick was a rather young vampire and the leading minion of Kakistos and, later, Mayor Wilkins.

Biography

Early Life

Not much was known about Mr. Trick's origin or actual age, but it was safe to assume that he was around during the time of racial segregation, once quipping to the Mayor, "If this is the part where you tell me that I don't fit in here in your quiet little neighborhood, you can just skip it. 'Cause, see, that got old long before I became a vampire, if you know what I saying."[1]

Working for Kakistos

In late 1998, Mr. Trick arrived at Sunnydale in a limo with his master, Kakistos, to hunt down the Slayer Faith Lehane. Unlike Kakistos, who was driven by bloodlust and killer instinct, Mr. Trick was an innovator who enjoyed comfort and preferred not to get his hands dirty. He abandoned his master to meet his demise at the hands of Faith Lehane and Buffy Summers because he considered Kakistos retrograde and "cheap". 

SlayerFest '98

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Appearing to Buffy and Cordelia via a video message

After Kakistos's death, Mr. Trick relocated at a mansion where he arranged and hosted "SlayerFest '98", assembling a group of competitors, human and demon alike, each of whom gambled a large amount of money for the chance to hunt down and kill Buffy and Faith (having never seen Faith, the assassins mistook Cordelia Chase for the second Slayer). 

Working for the Mayor

In the middle of the contest, Trick was taken by police and drafted into serving Mayor Richard Wilkins as the leader of his vampire minions. 

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Mr. Trick escaping

As part of a plot to obtain the tribute that Wilkins required to pay the demon Lurconis, Trick hired magic-user Ethan Rayne. Even though Ethan was able to cause a distraction by feeding nearly every adult in Sunnydale cursed chocolate bars which provided him with the chance to gather enough infants as Lurconis' food, the tribute was ruined when Buffy killed Lurconis before it could devour the infants. Even though Trick managed to survive the encounter, he was put into deep water with the Mayor.[2] Deputy Mayor Allan Finch then later had him arrange a "welcoming committee" when Spike returned to Sunnydale, consisting of a large group of Spike's former vampire lackeys.[3]

Death

"Oh, this is no good. This is no good at all."
―Mr. Trick's last words.[src]
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Trick dies before he could bite Buffy

In 1999, while Mr. Trick initially acted as Wilkins' middle-man, assisting him in the beginning of his Ascension,[4] he later went on to be his personal hit man, which eventually proved to be his undoing. After Finch's death at the hands of Faith, Trick led a small team of vampires to personally eliminate Buffy and Faith at the Sunnydale Docks under the Mayor's orders. He managed to injure Buffy and had her at his mercy by choking her with his tie, but as he gloated that he would now taste the Slayer's blood, he was then staked through the back by Faith. Hours later, Mr. Trick's position was filled by Faith herself.[5]

Personality

"Ordinarily, I like other people to do my fighting, but I just have to see what you got."
―Mr. Trick to Buffy Summers[src]

Unlike his ancient master, Mr. Trick was a modernist technophile at heart. He considered time-honored customs like hunting outdated, enjoying the amenities of modern occidental life, such as fast food employees, pizza delivery boys and human traffic to obtain victims, as well as money. Mr. Trick was pragmatic, abandoning his master Kakistos, and paying Ethan Rayne for his services despite the tribute being ruined, considering Ethan a resource and not wanting to "burn that bridge."  He was also a master manipulator, preferring to remain behind the scenes and letting others do the fighting for him. He also mentioned enjoying Marmaduke because "Nobody can tell Marmaduke what to do. That's my kinda dog".[6]

Behind the Scenes

Appearances

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season Three:
Anne Dead Man's Party Faith, Hope & Trick

Appears

Beauty and the Beasts Homecoming

Appears

Band Candy

Appears

Revelations Lovers Walk

(mentioned)

The Wish Amends Gingerbread
Helpless The Zeppo Bad Girls

Appears

Consequences

Appears (killed)

Doppelgängland Enemies

(mentioned)

Earshot Choices The Prom Graduation Day, Part One Graduation Day, Part Two

References

  1. "Homecoming"
  2. "Band Candy"
  3. "Lovers Walk"
  4. "Bad Girls"
  5. "Consequences"
  6. "Bad Girls"

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