- "They wanted us to live under their rules, now we can make them live under ours. We can bring our oppressors to their knees. We can be the agents of change and fear we were meant to be. It's who we are."
- ―Simone Doffler to Buffy Summers[src]
Simone Doffler was a Slayer terrorist who believed that Slayers were superior to ordinary humans. One of the new Slayers activated by Willow Rosenberg in 2003, she was a member of the Buffy Summers' Slayer Organization before going rogue, taking a number of like-minded Slayers with her. Simone later allied herself with the prophecised Siphon in her vendetta against Buffy.
- "How come we have to use all this medieval junk? We could totally get some guns, do some real damage. We're fighting demons here! Let's up the ante!"
- ―Simone Doffler[src]
Thanks to Buffy Summers' plan to defeat the First Evil in 2003, Simone Doffler was one of thousands of Potentials to be activated as a Slayer by Willow Rosenberg's spell. Simone was soon located and recruited into Buffy's Slayer Organization, where she was a member of Rona's training squad based in Chicago. Despite her strength and talent in battle, Simone wasn't particularly well-liked among her peers, one of whom observed that she would be unwilling to risk her life for others. Eventually, Rona transferred Simone to Andrew Wells' squad in Rome, believing that a less urban setting might soften her "rough edges"; however, Buffy later described this as Rona "passing the buck" onto Andrew.
Simone continually expressed a desire to use firearms instead of traditional Slayer weapons. Andrew dismissed her for even suggesting this, insisting that Slayers did not use guns. Later on, Simone met three like-minded Slayers and finally went rogue. Alongside them, she broke into a weapons storage facility and stole caché of firearms, including machine guns and ammo. The Slayer Organization attempted to track her, but she had gone off the grid.
Buffy and Andrew joined forces to track down Simone who had amassed a full-sized squad of her own, with whom she had taken over an entire island near Milan and expelled its original inhabitants from the island's town. She rescued her subordinate, Nisha from a trap set by Andrew and escaped with a massive Ragna Demon bred by Andrew, intending to use it as a weapon.
Like Simone expected, Buffy went to the island to confront her. Once the two met inside Simone's seat of power, the town's opera house, she offered Buffy the Ragna Demon (which she nicknamed "Arachnophobia") in exchange for Andrew, whom Simone had grown to hate while he had been her Watcher. Buffy, however, refused to leave without Andrew even if she recuperated the demon.
Simone refused to let Andrew go and reminded Buffy that she was outnumbered sixteen to one. However, at that moment, the Italy Squad showed up to rescue their Watcher. The Squad refused to fight against Simone and her followers in fear they might employ their firearms against them and chose to leave to fight another day. Uneasy with leaving the island to Simone, Buffy released the Ragna Demon so she would do some damage to Simone's operation.
Simone's criminal activities were only part of the various events which helped usher in a new pro-vampire, anti-Slayer world order; together with the machinations of the Twilight Group, the new Harmony Bites reality show hosted by the vampire Harmony Kendall, and the destruction of Sunnydale, the Scooby Gang and the Slayer Organization were forced into hiding as the world now viewed them as dangerous terrorists.
End of magic
Following the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and the subsequent end of magic, Simone infiltrated a United States military facility and murdered the General that had aided the Twilight Group and provided a large number of U.S. Army soldiers to battle the Slayer Organization.
Some time later, Simone made her way to San Francisco, driving a VW van full with weapons claiming that she was about to do something that would remind the world that the Slayers still exist. Eventually, Simone recruited Severin, a vampire hunter with the power to drain the powers of mystical beings, and sent him out to drain Buffy's powers so that Simone could kill her. Though he nearly succeeded in doing so, Severin was stopped by SFPD detective Robert Dowling and shot. While he was recuperating in the hospital, Simone approached him, angry that he failed. Simone refused Severin's subsequent request to drain some of her powers to heal himself, telling him that, with his failure, she will need to be at full power to kill Buffy.
Unknown to Simone, Andrew built a mechanical body of Buffy and carefully transferred the true Buffy and the robot Buffy's consciousness into each other's bodies. Simone kidnapped the real Buffy's body from her house, believing that Buffy's body contained Buffy's consciousness; however, she soon became suspicious because of the difference in Buffy's personality and her poor fighting ability. Buffy, Spike, and Andrew managed to tracked down Buffy's true body, and Simone was forced to fight Spike and his crew of bugs, killing many of them in the process; she managed to escape and Andrew eventually returned Buffy's consciousness to her human body.
Personality and traits
- "In case you haven't figured it out, I'm not a real fan of authority to begin with."
Violent and insubordinate to the border of socipathy, Simone had a real problem with authority, in a manner similar to Faith Lehane. Like Faith before, Simone had come to believe that the power that came with being a Slayer gave the right to enforce her will as she saw fit. After Slayers and vampires were exposed to the world, Simone relished in the fear she caused among regular humans and considered that it was the moment for Slayers to take over society.
Simone was an athletic young caucasian woman with a pink-dyed mohawk and several piercings in her ears and eyebrows.
Powers and abilties
- Buffy: ""I've been doing this longer than you. Which means I'm more experienced, so you're done."
- Simone: "And I'm younger than you. Which means I'm faster, so you're f@%ed. This is a real gun.""
- — Buffy and Simone[src]
Simone had the regular powers and abilities of all Slayers, and was proficient in the use of firearms as well as swords, managing to hold her own in a swordfight against Buffy for a short time.
Behind the Scenes
- Simone was voiced by Megahn Perry in the Season 8 Motion Comics.
- Simone Doffler looks like the pop singer Pink.
- Xander compared Simone to the comic superheroine Tank Girl.
- The Long Way Home #2
- The Chain (Only in flashbacks)
- A Beautiful Sunset (only on video screen)
- Predators and Prey
- Last Gleaming
- Apart (of Me)
- Welcome to the Team (part 2-4)
- The Watcher