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First appearance "Living Conditions"
Last appearance "Wild at Heart"
Name Veruca
Status Deceased
Classification Werewolf
Affiliation Shy
UC Sunnydale
Notable powers Werewolf physiology grants her the potential to transform into a berserk, wolf-like creature with enhanced strength, and speed and sense of smell during the nights of full moon. Unlike "younger" werewolves, she retains memories of her experiences in her werewolf state.
Portrayed by  Paige Moss
"You're the wolf all the time, and your human face is just your disguise. Ever think of that?"

Veruca was the lead singer of Shy, a student of UC Sunnydale and, secretly, a werewolf.


Crossing paths with Oz

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Veruca singing at The Bronze.

Veruca was the lead singer of Shy, a local band. She and Oz knew of each other through the music scene, but their paths did not cross until his freshman year at UC Sunnydale.[1] She sensed immediately that Oz was a werewolf, though he did not realize she too was a werewolf until much later.[2]

Affair with Oz

"I can help you, Oz. You're scared. I was, too. But then I accepted it. The animal, it's powerful, inside me all the time. Soon, you just start to feel sorry for everybody else because they don't know what it's like to be as alive as we are. As free."

During one of Oz's wolf nights, he escaped from his cage and copulated with a female werewolf, who turned out to be Veruca.[2]

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Veruca and Oz

Veruca tried to convince Oz to embrace the werewolf instead of fighting it and locking himself away while he transformed. She claimed that, because they shared this affliction, they should be together, free. Oz attempted to protect people from Veruca by locking her, along with himself, in his cage, a place in which they mated again. Their affair was discovered by Willow Rosenberg, who tried to use her magic to curse both of them, but could not bring herself to hurt Oz. Veruca sought Willow out with the intent to kill her and almost succeeded. However, Oz, in his werewolf form, fought and killed Veruca by viciously biting her in the throat. He realized he could not go on like this and left Sunnydale in the hopes of finding a cure for his condition.[2]

Personality and Traits

"I'm not getting in that stupid cage with you, if that's what this is about. We belong outside."

Veruca in full werewolf form

When Veruca was first bitten she was scared, but eventually accepted what she had become, and (unlike Oz) came to consider the wolf to be her true self. Because of that, she felt no need to restrain herself during her transformations, preferring to run free, not caring whether she hurt or killed someone or not.[2]

Powers and Abilities

Veruca possessed the common abilities and handicaps of a werewolf. In addition, she was able to retain memories of the times during which she was a werewolf.[2]

Behind the Scenes

  • Joss Whedon originally intended for Oz, Willow and Veruca to be involved in a love triangle spanning most of the fourth season. However, Seth Green's abrupt decision to leave the show ultimately prevented these plans from coming to fruition.




  1. "Beer Bad"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Wild at Heart"

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