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Robert Flutie
Flutie
First appearance "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Last appearance "The Pack"
Information
Name Robert Flutie
Aliases Bob Flutie
Status Deceased
Classification Human
Affiliation Sunnydale High School
Portrayed by  Stephen Tobolowsky[1]
Ken Lerner

B1

"I really believe if we all reach out to one another we can beat this thing. I'm always here if you need a hug -- but not a real hug, there's no touching in this school, we're sensitive to wrong touching."
―Robert Flutie[src]

Principal Robert "Bob" Flutie was the principal of Sunnydale High when Buffy Summers arrived in Sunnydale.

Biography

On Buffy's first day, Principal Flutie ripped up her transcript to let her start the year on a clean state, though when looking at its torn pieces he discovered that she burned down the gym of her previous school which was the reason of her transfer to a new school. As he taped the transcript back together Buffy concealed the fact she was the Slayer, and claimed she did it because of asbestos. Flutie instead hesitantly dismissed Buffy and allowed her back on her way. The next day he caught her trying to leave out from the school gate to investigate a crypt where she fought vampires the night before. Buffy claimed she was leaving to receive a book for librarian Rupert Giles but he didn't believe her and closed the gate. Despite this, Buffy was still able to leave by jumping up over the gate.

After the decapited body of Dr. Gregory was found by Cordelia Chase and witnessed by Buffy, Principal Flutie forced Buffy to sit through counselling even though she didn't require it.

Principal Flutie acquired a school mascot for the Sunnydale Razorbacks via a piglet named Herbert. Unfortunately, Herbert was eaten by the Pack, a group of school bullies that were possessed by demonic hyenas during a field trip to the Sunnydale Zoo. He called four of them (Kyle DuFours, Tor Hauer, Rhonda Kelley and Heidi Barrie) to his office for a punishment but ended up being devoured himself. This death was discovered moments later where a teachers meeting decided the offical theory was that wild dogs somehow got into his office.

Six years later, Buffy, who was now the school counsellor, asked the new Principal Robin Wood if he knew what happened to Flutie after Wood quipped about students eating her alive.

Personality

Unlike his successor, Principal Snyder, Flutie was dedicated to helping students. He sought to "understand his students better" and believed in student-centered education, their self-esteem, and socialization. Snyder later quipped, "It's that kind of fuzzy-headed liberal thinking that leads to being eaten." Ironically, Snyder suffered a similar fate two years later. 

Students were free to call Flutie "Bob" by his own admission, but they didn't.

Behind the Scenes

Appearances

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season One:
Welcome to the Hellmouth

Appears

The Harvest

Appears

Witch Teacher's Pet

Appears

Never Kill a Boy on the First Date The Pack

Appears (killed)

Angel I Robot, You Jane The Puppet Show

(mentioned)

Nightmares Out of Mind, Out of Sight Prophecy Girl
Season Seven:
Lessons

(mentioned)

Beneath You

(mentioned)

Same Time, Same Place Help Selfless Him Conversations with Dead People Sleeper Never Leave Me Bring on the Night Showtime
Potential The Killer in Me First Date Get It Done Storyteller Lies My Parents Told Me Dirty Girls Empty Places Touched End of Days Chosen

References

  1. Unaired Buffy pilot

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