Nikki Wood

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Nikki Wood
Buffy the Vampire Slayer character
First appearance "Fool for Love"
Created by Joss Whedon
Portrayed by K. D. Aubert, April Weeden-Washington
Information
Affiliation Watchers' Council
Classification Slayer
Notable powers Supernatural strength, speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes
Rapid healing
Enhanced intuition
Prophetic dreams

Nikki Wood is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, portrayed originally by April Weeden-Washington and later by K.D. Aubert.

Biography[edit]

Nikki Wood grew up in a poor area of New York. After her parents were killed in a mugging about 1966, she lived with her grandmother. She eventually dropped out of school when she became pregnant with Robin Wood, and got a job as a waitress to help pay the rent.[1]

She was called as the Slayer early in 1973. Her Watcher, Bernard Crowley, found her and told her of her role on February 10, 1973, the same night that her grandmother was killed by a vampire.[2]

She had a Chinese-American boyfriend named Li, a policeman who was killed while investigating smugglers – who were importing a demon. Li may or may not be Robin's father, though it is implied Nikki does not know who Robin's father is (as she does not "take names when blowing off steam").

For most of her tenure as the Slayer, Nikki and Robin lived rent-free in a small apartment behind the projection room of The Gem movie theatre on 42nd street, because she had rescued the owner's nephew from vampires.

In 1977 she was killed by Spike, who had already killed a Chinese Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion. (Spike took a black leather duster from Nikki's body, and it became his trademark.) Crowley then retired from the Watchers' Council and raised Robin.

Casting[edit]

Nikki's first appearance, in "Fool for Love", was a fight scene with no dialogue; she was portrayed by stuntwoman April Weeden-Washington. When the character was brought back in "First Date", the casting directors preferred a younger actress, who could seem more like a vulnerable teenage mother, and hired K.D. Aubert.

Nikki thus joined Buffy Summers and the First Evil as characters in the Buffyverse that have been portrayed by more than one actor (not counting stunt doubles).

Appearances[edit]

Canon appears in bold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blackout
  2. ^ Blackout, chapter 3