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Encyclopedia > Adam (Buffyverse)
Adam

George Hertzberg as Adam
First appearance The I in Team
Last appearance Lessons (embodied by The First Evil)
Created by Joss Whedon
Statistics
Name Adam
Status Deceased
Classification Kinematically Redundant Biomechanical demonoid
Affiliation Former agent of the Initiative
Notable powers Adam's abilities include:
  • Grafted demon body parts grant him superhuman strength, stamina, and resistance
  • Uranium power core allows him to survive without eating, drinking, or sleeping, and renders him capable of healing from any wound, even decapitation
  • Heightened self-awareness makes him immune to mind control spells and aware of reality alteration
  • Polgara Demon bone-skewer
  • Absolute knowledge of the Initiative facilities, medical procedures, persuasion techniques, and military tactics given to him by his "Mother" (Professor Maggie Walsh)
  • Cybernetic grafts allow him to absorb power from electricity, mentally control behavior modifiers such as Riley Finn's, and link himself to computer networks and read data from hard data storage such as floppies
  • Self-upgraded with implanted collapsible machine gun and grenade launcher
Portrayed by  George Hertzberg

Adam is a fictional cyborg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by George Hertzberg. Image File history File links George Hertzberg as Adam in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... George Hertzberg (b. ... The I in Team is the 13th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Lessons is the first episode of the seventh and final season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The First Evil is a fictional villain created by Joss Whedon for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon[3] on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ... The Initiative was a fictional secret government organization in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... General Name, symbol, number uranium, U, 92 Chemical series actinides Group, period, block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery gray metallic; corrodes to a spalling black oxide coat in air Standard atomic weight 238. ... The I in Team is the 13th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Professor Margaret Walsh, known as Professor Walsh or, more informally, Maggie Walsh, is a fictional character in the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... Riley Finn (born in Huxley, Iowa) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... George Hertzberg (b. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... George Hertzberg (b. ...

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Character history

Originally a fallen agent of the Initiative, Adam is a creation of Professor Maggie Walsh. He is part human, part demon, and part robot, and was to be the perfect organism, with the adaptability and intelligence of humans, and the strength and emotional detachment of demons. Adam is created in Lab 314, and his first act is to kill Professor Walsh with a retractable skewer inside one of his arms. The Initiative was a fictional secret government organization in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details about some or all of information gradually revealed in Buffyverse productions: (Buffy, Angel, Fray. ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... This article is about modern humans. ...


As soon as he awakens, Adam begins philosophizing about his existence and leaves the lab. He kills and dissects a human boy as well as demons, in order to get an understanding of biology. He soon returns to the lab to download every file relating to his creation. Adam can link himself up to computers and possesses considerable intelligence. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Spike works for Adam for a short period of time, to extract the chip that the Initiative implanted in him to make him docile. He decides to help Adam stop Buffy with an idea he got from The Beatles. Luckily for the Scooby Gang, the plan fails. Spike (aka William The Bloody) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are a group of characters in the cult television series and comic book, Buffy the Vampire Slayer who battle the supernatural forces of evil. ...


Adam does not need to eat, because he has a uranium-based power source in his chest. He is aware of every aspect of himself, and is immune to universe-changing spells, such as the one cast by Jonathan Levinson in the episode Superstar. Adam is also armed with a three-foot-long bone skewer from a Polgara Demon and a thick hide. He later upgrades himself to incorporate a minigun and grenade launcher. General Name, symbol, number uranium, U, 92 Chemical series actinides Group, period, block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery gray metallic; corrodes to a spalling black oxide coat in air Standard atomic weight 238. ... The spell is a magical act intended to cause an effect on reality using supernatural means of liturgical or ritual nature. ... Jonathan Levinson is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Superstar is the 17th episode of season four of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... A helicopter-mounted minigun operating during the Vietnam War The Minigun is a multibarreled machine gun with a high rate of fire (several thousand rounds per minute), employing Gatling-style rotating barrels and employing an external power source. ... A grenade launcher is weapon that fires or launches a grenade to longer distances than a soldier could throw by hand. ...


He considers himself a brother to Riley Finn, because Professor Walsh experimented on both of them to make them "perfect" life-forms. Adam intends to make Riley just like him, so the two can command an army of other biomechanical demonoids. In order to obtain the large supplies of bodies required, Adam appears before the demons of Sunnydale, and persuades them to join forces against the Initiative. Demons and vampires, known for rejecting each other, begin to fight together, while others allow themselves to be captured by Initiative agents. Adam's plan is to fill the Initiative facilities with demons and then unleash them on the soldiers by unlocking their cells. Afterward, he and his minions will recover body parts from the slaughter and fashion a new race formed from man, demon, and machine (the implicit idea is that Adam will expand outward until he repopulates the planet). Adam wants Buffy trapped with the installation when this occurs, because she will be able to even the casualties before being killed. Riley Finn (born in Huxley, Iowa) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Sunnydale Sunnydale, California, is the fictional suburban setting for the U.S. television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


To assist himself in the creation of his army, Adam creates a second biomechanical demonoid using the body of the recently slain Forrest Gates, who Adam had slain previously. He also reanimates the corpses of his other victims, Professor Walsh and Dr. Francis Angleman, though they possess little brain activity and function as little more than drones. Forrest Gates was a fictional character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Adam is defeated when Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles combine their essences in Buffy's body through a magical spell. The collective in Buffy invokes the strength of the First Slayer and uses magic to counter Adam's attacks. With the First Slayer's strength combined with her own, she manages to rip out Adam's power source and deactivate him. Willow Rosenberg (born either in 1980 or very early 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Alexander LaVelle Xander Harris (born 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character in the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


In the final episode of Season Four, Restless, Buffy, in a dream, sees Adam in his human form, before Professor Walsh's experiments. When Buffy asks for his name, the dream Adam replies "Before Adam? Not a man among us can remember." Restless is the 22nd and last episode of season 4 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, characterized by bizarre dream settings which illustrate the four main characters overall themes as well as providing extensive hints about future developments. ...


Adam's final appearance on the Buffy television series was as one of the guises that the First Evil used to torment Spike. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... The First Evil is a fictional villain created by Joss Whedon for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Unlike other Big Bads of the show, Adam's mission held little selfish gain; By his reasoning, the logic of his plan was perfectly sound. Another distinction is his non-threatening, childlike sense of wonder. Even at his most heinous, Adam is remarkably calm and makes frequent use of the word "Interesting..."


Graphic novel

The Haunted limited series states that Adam was originally an agent of the Initiative tasked with the protection of Professor Walsh who was killed, or at least badly wounded, by the ghost of Mayor Richard Wilkins, when he possessed the corpse of a powerful demon and launched an escape from the Initiative to target Buffy. Being her favorite alongside Riley, Professor Walsh swore to bring Adam back to life. Cover Story by: Jane Espenson Penciller: Cliff Richards Inker: Julio Ferreira Letterer: Clem Robins Colorist: Jeromy Cox Comics: BtVS: Haunted #1-4 Published: Dark Horse Date first published: Sep 11, 2002 Substance: Soft cover, 96 pages, Full color // Story description Spoiler warning: General Synopsis Faith, tells Angel a story that... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... For the Australian television/entertainment personality, see Richard Wilkins (TV presenter). ...


Trivia

  • Adam shares many similarities with the Shadowfist Collectable Card Game (CCG) character Homo Omega. Both were created by mad scientists attempting to create super-soldiers out of cybernetic human-demon hybrids. Both turned against their creators in order to destroy humanity and create a new race of hybrids. Both have magically morphing machine gun arms. Homo Omega was created in 1996.
  • Like many characters, themes, or situations on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Adam is inspired by other, earlier sources. His origin and nature can be traced both to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and to the cyborg in the film The Terminator.
  • George Hertzberg outlined his character, "I think there is a boyish innoncence to Adam, that coupled with his programming - which is basically to kill - makes him an evil demon being-man-machine-person. Is he evil or misunderstood? I don't think he's misunderstood. Can he be reprogrammed? I think it's possible, but if he was, I don't know how interesting that would be."[1]
  • In issue 186 of Wizard Joss Whedon and a few other contributors from Buffy have stated that Adam was their least favourite "big bad".

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Appearances

Adam has appeared in:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
Adam appeared as a guest in 9 episodes in

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The I in Team is the 13th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Goodbye Iowa is the 14th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Who Are You is the 16th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Superstar is the 17th episode of season four of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... New Moon Rising is the 19th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes The Yoko Factor is the 20th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Primeval is the 21st episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Restless is the 22nd and last episode of season 4 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, characterized by bizarre dream settings which illustrate the four main characters overall themes as well as providing extensive hints about future developments. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Lessons is the first episode of the seventh and final season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Stokes, Mike, "Young Frankenstein", from Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine #19 (UK, April 2001), page 11.

Buffy Magazine Issue 24 (August 2001) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine was first published by Titan Magazines in 1999. ...

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