Darla | Julie Benz #15: "Dream like a young woman, with the wisdom of an old woman."

"Darla, Anglo-Saxon derivation, meaning 'dear one' - huh, didn't come
into common usage until more than a 100 years after she was born.
He must have given it to her. I didn't even know her real name."

Darla was born in the late 16th century in the British Isles. As a young prostitute, she
emigrated to the British Virginia Colony in North America and became independently
wealthy but also contracted a fatal case of syphilis. By 1609, Darla lay dying in the
luxurious house she owned. She scoffed at a "priest" who came to her deathbed before he
revealed his true identity: the Master, leader of the elite cult of vampires known as the
Order of Aurelius. Darla despised the clergy and religion, a trait that would follow her as
a vampire. The Master turned her into a vampire and named her "Darla," meaning "dear one”.

"My soul is well past saving. Let the devil take me
if he'll have me. Either way... I die."

Many examples would prove Darla as a predator who preferred using her good looks
instead of hunting to obtain victims. One of those victims was a handsome Irishman
named Liam. Darla chose the man with an angelic face to be her mate, he would soon call
himself Angelus. Over time, Darla and Angelus would make their way throughout Europe
and North Africa, occasionally sparring with each other but constantly tormenting the
vampire hunter Daniel Holtz. Back in London, Darla and Angelus' family grew when
Darla lured Angelus to Drusilla in 1860; the addition of Spike sometime sired after
Drusilla would complete the vampire foursome.

"And this one, down in the goose feathers, and the finest silks and linens
and a view, she's always got to have the view. Don't you, my lamb?" - Angelus

Darla is the first vampire seen on the show, when she breaks into the high school with an
ex-student, whom she kills. Darla is also capable of sensing the presence of a soul in
others, as she did when Angelus was cursed for the first time. However, Wesley states in
"Disharmony" that only "some can sense Angel's soul." Darla often uses her beauty and
sexuality to lure unsuspecting prey. Unlike her more aggressive male counterparts
(Angelus and Spike), she is rarely seen "hunting"; her prey willingly approaches her,
never suspecting their fate until it is too late.

"I ran into Lord Nichols, horrid little man. He was
propositioning a streetwalker and dickering over the
price, can you imagine? I told him I'd do him for nothing."

"I won't be made a fool, Angelus. Not by you. Not by anyone."


Spikes Angel
Naive Girl
California_ here_ I _come
Fallen Desires
~♥~My Lonely Angel~♥~
then you must kiss me
Charmed Slayer Angel

Darla: He's magnificent.
Barmaid: Oh, yeah, God's gift alright.
Darla: Really? I've never known God to be so generous.
Barmaid: Oh, his lies sound pretty when the stars are out. But he
forgets every promise he's made when the sun comes up again.
Darla: That wouldn't really be a problem for me, actually.

"You took me places, showed me things. You blew the top off my head." - Angel


Because she was the first Vampire shown on Buffy
Because she wore a school girl outfit to blend in.
Because she was one of the Master’s favorites.
Because Julie Benz is blonde, beautiful, and talented.
Because Darla is the queen of bad ass Vampires.
Because she originated the Scourge of Europe.
Because no one could make a fool of her, no one.
Because she was one of the oldest Vampires around.
Because she defied all odds and had a child.
Because she was resurrected by Wolfram and Heart.
Because she had a knack for stirring up trouble.

"Is there anything better than a natural disaster? The panic.
The people lost in the streets. It's like picking fruit off the vine."

Darla: Do you know what the saddest thing in the world is?
Buffy: Bad hair on top of that outfit?
Darla: To love someone who used to love you.

Darla: Your victory over him took but moments.
Angelus: Yes.
Darla: But his defeat of you will last lifetimes.
Angelus: What are you talking about? He can't defeat me now.
Darla: Nor can he ever approve of you. In this world or any other. What we
once were informs all that we have become. The same love will infect our
hearts, even if they no longer beat. Simple death won't change that.
Angelus: Love. Is this the work of love?
Darla: Darling boy. So young. Still so very young.

"He killed me. I remember now ...with a soul in his heart."

Darla: Everyone betrays you, that's not
what eats you in the long winter's night...
Lindsey: Yeah? What does?
Darla: Missed opportunities. He got a soul and it
sickened me. All that power wasted on a whiny mopey
do-gooder. God, I could eat his eyeballs

"What did you bring back, Lindsey? What am I? Did you
bring back that girl, whose name I can't remember? Or
did you bring back something else? The other thing."

Darla: Happy Birthday, Angelus.
Angelus: She's a gypsy.
Darla: I looked everywhere.
Angelus: What would I do without you?
Darla: Wither and die. But she's not just for you. I get to watch.

Angelus: Did he hurt you?
Darla: Not until I asked him to.

"See? No matter how good a boy you are,
God doesn't want you...But I still do."

Darla: I'm a whore.
Priest: Well, yes, that too.

Gunn: So, he and Darla together, bad combo.
Wesley: They rampaged through half the known world, until Angel got his soul.
Cordelia: Imagine Bonnie and Clyde if they had 150 years to get it right.

"Nobody understands. Nobody can understand. I can feel this body
dying, Lindsey. I can feel it decaying moment by moment. It's being
eaten away by this thing inside of it. It's a cancer, this soul!"

Angel: What we were. And I also know what she's going through.
And unlike me, maybe she won't have to go through it alone.
Cordelia: You're not alone.
Wesley: You may be right. She may be experiencing all of this
exactly as you did. But Angel, you yourself wandered for a hundred
years without ever seeking redemption.
Angel: That's right. I sought her.

Host: Why do you care so much? She had more than most
of us, four hundred plus years already.
Angel: As a vampire. Before that she was... she never had a chance.

"I don't trust them. But I know a thing or two about mind games."

Darla: Turn me back. God! I can't bear this pounding in
my chest for another instant!
Angel: It's gift. To feel that heart beat - to know, really and for once,
that you're alive. You're human again, Darla. You know what that means?
Darla: Of course I do. It means pain and suffering and disease and
death. Look, I released you from this world once, I gave you eternal
life. Now it's time for you to return the favor.

"I've felt it. I've felt how you care... in a way no one's ever
cared before. Not for me. That's all I need from you."

Angel: How could The Powers allow you to be brought back,
dangle a second chance, then take it away like this?
Darla: Maybe this is my second chance.
Angel: To die?
Darla: Yes. To die. They way I was supposed to die in the first place.

Darla: Why?
Dru: For you. All for you. I thought it was what you wanted - to be saved.

"Dru, honey, in our new digs, we have to put in a people cellar."

Gunn: No, no, what I'm saying is, that means the
granddaughter remade the grandmother.
Wesley: Oh…yes.
Gunn: Man, somehow that weirds me out more than
the whole bloodsucking thing.

Darla: Just think of it as our way of giving you what you want.
Holland: What would I...
Darla: I believe you said something about... a massacre.

Darla: Angelus. Here for the tasting?
Drusilla: Look what we have for you. It's not Daddy.
It's never Daddy. It's the Angel-beast.
Darla: Come to punish us?
Drusilla: Yeah, yeah. Spank us till Tuesday.
We promise to be bad if you do.

"You cannot tell me that wasn't perfect. Not only have I been around for
four hundred years, I used to do this professionally and that was perfect!"

Darla: Why is everyone trying to make this about Angel? For God's sake,
can't a woman wreak a little havoc without there being a man involved?
Drusilla: You miss him. Like a heartbeat.
Darla: I don't miss my heartbeat, Dru. It was a symptom of a disease
I've since been cured of. You know, in a perfect world, Angel would be
here right now, helping me burn this city to the ground. This is his job I'm
doing. But where is he? Probably flogging himself in a church somewhere.

Angelus: Darlin'?
Darla: What?
Angelus: Shouldn't we be killing Holtz?
Darla: I know, but it's just so much
fun ruining his life. He's like family now.

"Gosh. I'm the luckiest vampire girl in the whole world."

Cordelia: Hey, what are friends for?
Darla: If you ask me, they're for knocking you up
and leaving you high and dry.

Fred: Who's Darla?
Gunn: Angel's old flame from way back.
Fred: Not the one that died?
Gunn: Yeah. No, not that one. The other one that died
and came back to life. She's a vampire.

"I haven't had blood in almost a day, and your devil spawn is
trying to rip its way out of my body. How do you think I'm doing?"

Angel: The child. The child has a heartbeat. It has a soul.
Darla: No! Not my child! No!

Darla: Something's wrong. The pain...
Angel: You like pain.
Darla: This is different.

Darla: My little parasite.

"Oh, I'd rather stay and fight. Show these
youngsters a thing or two about real carnage."

Darla: Doesn't anyone wanna sit back here with me?
Cordelia: We're good.
Gunn: Yeah, it's comfy.
Darla: I promise I won't throw anyone out of the car. Not while it's moving.

Angel: You love it.
Darla: Completely. I love it completely. I don't think I've ever
loved anything as much as this life that's inside of me.
Angel: Well, you've never loved anything, Darla.

Fred: You gave us quite a scare. But I guess you're used
to that, what with being a scary thing and all.

"That's why this is happening. His family, his children... what that
must have been like for him. Doesn't seem so funny now, does it?"

Angelus: This is outrageous! Don't these people know who we are?
Darla: I believe they do. Which would explain the lynch mob.

Angel: Not everyone screams.
Darla: What?
Angel: When you kill 'em. Some just stand there, frozen. While others...
Darla: What are you doing? Are we playing a game?
Angel: The children -- they usually scream.
Darla: Yes. They sound just like little pigs. Have you brought me some?

"So, where're we going? I'm famished and we all know how ugly that can get."

Angel: Darla, you might wanna join the fight.
Darla: Sorry, darling. I'm gonna have to be Switzerland and sit this
one out. Now, you did say you were just gonna kill the humans, right?
Vampire: Yes, just the humans. Then we will nourish you, slice you
open, wear your entrails as a belt and consume your eyeballs
before we worship the miracle child.
Darla: Okay. I'm in.

Darla: No. No, I haven't been nourishing it. I haven't given this baby a thing.
I'm dead. It's been nourishing me. These feelings that I'm having,
they're not mine. They're coming from it.
Angel: You don't know that.
Darla: Of course I do! We both do. Angel, I don't have a soul. It does.
And right now that soul is inside of me, but soon, it won't be and then...
Angel: Darla...
Darla: I won't be able to love it. I won't even be able to
remember that I loved it. I want to remember

"This child Angel, it's the one good thing we ever did together.
The only good thing. You make sure to tell him that."

Darla: Angel, our baby’s going to die right here in this alley.
You died in an alley, remember?
Angel: I remember.
Darla: I want to say I’m sorry. I want to say it and mean it,
but I can’t. Aren’t you gonna tell me it’s okay?
Angel: No.
Darla: No. It’s really not, is it? We did so many terrible things together.
So much destruction, so much - pain. We can’t make up for any of it.
You know that, don’t you?

"As a vampire I killed without mercy or remorse
because I didn't have a soul. What's your excuse?"

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