#16: Mommy’s Home
“Who’s Darla?” “Angel’s old flame from way back.” ”Not the one who died?” ”Yeah. No, not that one. The OTHER one who died and came back to life. She’s a vampire.”
That pretty much sums up Darla in a nutshell. She was Angel’s sire and lover for hundreds of years before tossing him aside when he was ‘cursed’ with a soul. Angel kills her in the seventh episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Imagine his surprise when Darla pops up alive and well (seriously, she’s a human)- now working with Wolfram & Hart. Humanity doesn’t suit her well though, and she is ultimately turned into a vampire yet again. Sound pretty crazy so far? Well get this, she eventually becomes pregnant with Angel’s child. That’s right, a vampire pregnancy. One of a kind. Tell your friends. There are problems with the pregnancy though, and she ultimately sacrifices herself to save her unborn child.
Darla is a seriously overlooked character in the Buffyverse, but she’s actually quite unique on many levels. For one thing, she has died four times- that’s more than ANY other character in either Buffy or Angel. She’s also one of only three vampires to ever have a soul (it was actually her baby’s, but still counts), and she is the only vampire to ever become pregnant- a phenomenon that is partially explained in a later season. Whether you like or dislike her as a character, you gotta admit… she has had her fair share of shocking moments.