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This article is about the Minder. For the son of Nikki Wood, see Robin Wood.
Willow: "We're just here to talk."
Robin: "There's a chance you'll wish you hadn't. Oh, that was gloomy. I didn't mean to be gloomy. The important thing is that you rescue the prince."
Willow Rosenberg and Robin[src]

Robin was the minder of Sephrilian's reality field, chosen to watch over a small house which serves as a mask to Sephrilian's domain.

Biography

Upon their arrival, she warned Buffy and Willow that magic was not to be used inside, lest the magic containing the field would become unstable. Fitting the non-linear time Robin experienced, Willow knew her by name upon what appears to be their initial meeting.

A remnant of Robin was projected to Buffy and Willow while inside and revealed that someone close to Buffy would betray her. As Buffy and Willow destroyed Sephrilian with some magical assistance, the field could no longer be contained allowing Robin some time to herself until she was reassigned.

Powers and Abilities

"I can't believe you contained that whole surge!"
―Willow Rosenberg[src]

As a Minder, Robin was capable of exerting some level of control over Sephrillian's reality field, allowing her to contain it. She was also capable of projecting fragments of her consciousness, known as "remnants”, into the reality field (though due to the nature of the reality field, she was not always aware of doing so). Her experience of time in a non-linear fashion, gave her knowledge of what others would perceive as “future” events.

Behind the Scenes

  • Robin is named and designed after Robin Balzer, whose husband wrote to Dark Horse Comics about his wife's disability in response to a contest posted on MySpace. The winner essay was Jerrod Balzer's, an author who wrote an entry on behalf of his wife, Robin: they discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer around the same time as she was beginning to succumb to schizophrenia. Upon reading the winner’s entry, Joss Whedon decided to expand that character’s role and feature her as a critical part of the story, as opposed to a simple cameo (in a photograph with Dawn). Robin Balzer appeared in the story, as well as on Georges Jeanty's variant cover, characterized as a Minder — a chosen guardian for Sephrillian’s reality field, containing and experiencing the nonlinearity of time.[1]
  • One year after the publishing, Jerrod has described the following episode: “[Robin] began to cry, ‘I don’t know where I am!’ That’s when the good ol’ Buffy came in handy. I told her that I wouldn’t let anything bad happen to her, and that Buffy & Willow have her back. She looked confused, forgetting about the comic, so I showed it to her. She gazed at the cover for a while, smiling, and started to come out of it.”[2]

Appearances


  1. "A Mind Interrupted: Robin Balzer’s “Buffy” Story". CBR, January 08, 2008. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. "Ugh, bad day for Robin". Jerrod Balzer, July 29, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2018.