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Hot Topic: What are the ethical rules for a Slayer when it comes to killing vampires/demons?

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What are the ethical rules a slayer should follow when it comes to killing vampires and demons? Would it be wrong if Buffy killed "harmless" vampires or demons?

Discuss!
 

Spanky

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None. There should be no ethical rules. She is the vampire slayer, she should slay vampires. She was created to kill vampires, not determine if they were 'harmless' or not.
 

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1. No killing any souled being, except in the necessity of self-defense or the defense of innocents.

2. If it's killing people of its own choice, kill it.

3. If it's killing people *not* by its own choice, see if there's any other way to stop it short of killing. If not, or if it's about to kill again, kill it as mercifully as possible.

This comes up all the time on Supernatural, too.

Dean: "It's a monster. We have to kill monsters."

Sam: "But it's just a little kid!"

Dean: "We have to kill cute monsters too."
 

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Yeah, Buffy should do her job and slay the damn thing as soon as possible.
Vampires should be killed because they literaly wear the fact of their victim, the soul doesn't seem to be able to pass on. So even if they're helplesss i.e- just rising up from their graves- then she should stake vampires before they do what's in their nature.

Demons are a bit trickier since it depends on if they hurt people or not. Some have very human qualities that imply 'soul' so she shouldn't kill them if they are neutral/balancing types.
 

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99.9% of vampires are dangerous and should be staked. That's her job. The two anomalies she knows of are different circumstances. Other than Spike and Angel, harmless vampires don't exist! She's made mistakes in the past by not staking vampires she should have at the time (Drusilla, Harmony etc).

Demons are different. We know there are peaceful demons, a lot less of them exist than evil demons, but IMO Buffy has a responsibility to protect these creatures from harm from other demons, not to do them harm herself. Who is she to pass judgement on them? Sure, she's the slayer, but unless they post a threat to humans, they should be left in peace.
 

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Buffy's priority is guarding the Sunnydale hellmouth and preventing apocalypses. Not killing vamps or demons.

Even if there are 1 billion vamps rampaging in other cities or countries, Buffy shouldn't move out to hunt them, because Sunnydale will be left out.

To secure Sunnydale, she could have truces with vampires, follow evil demon's orders, and everything.
 

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As far as actual Watcher policy, which would be about the closest thing to any sort of ethical rules under which a Slayer would operate, I would say that there is only one: "If it's a vampire or a demon, kill it." Beyond that, the Slayer would be bound by whatever her Watcher says. I don't believe that there ever was any sort of official prohibition against killing humans, whether they be evil or just innocent bystander, if it became necessary or expedient.

Of course, we all know, that ain't Buffy by a long shot. That's probably why Giles never bothered to give her that infamous "Slayer's Handbook" that Kendra referred to.
 

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As far as I know apart from the obvious almost all vampires are soulless, so she would need to kill them asap before they killed. As for general demons, I think there are some with souls like Clem, so I don't think those innocent ones should be killed, they can't help the way they look.
 

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I think that Vampires should should be killed period . The only good ones we know of is Angel & Spike so kill them all is good.
But there demons out there who nice . Clem is a good Demon to use as a example.
 
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