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Zachary Kralik

Zachary Kralik

Zachary Kralik is a serial killer/vampire and the main antagonist of the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Season 3 episode "Helpless." 

He was portrayed by Jeff Kober, who also played Rack in Season 6.

Biography

Kralik stated that he had an abusive relationship with his mother as a child. It can be assumed she was not pleased with having a son, as Kralik implied that she had castrated him with a pair of scissors when he was only 10 years old.

Many years later, because of the abuse he suffered as a child, he became a serial killer who tortured and murdered more than a dozen young women. At some point, he was arrested and put in an asylum with the criminally insane, where he was sired by another vampire (although the identity of Kralik’s sire was unknown).

As a vampire, Kralik continued to kill and torture, though he was shunned by other vampires because of his mental state; one of his victims was his own mother. Additionally, he was dependent on anti-psychotic medication; without it, he suffered extraordinary pain. He was captured by the Watcher’s Council and held for six years until he was chosen to be used in the Cruciamentum of Buffy Summers. They weakened Buffy and locked her in a room with him inside the “Sunnydale Arms”, where she would have to defeat him using only her brains and her wits.

However, Kralik was aware of their game, and decided that he would not “play by the rules” but that he still wanted to play, regardless. So, during that night, Kralik had tricked one of the Council workers, Blair, into opening his cell by pretending to be in desperate need of his pills. While Blair was getting the pills ready, Kralik managed to release his right arm and grab Blair by the throat as he tried to give him his pills before siring him in order to be released. He and Blair then drained and killed Blair’s partner Hobson.

Kralik then kidnapped Buffy’s mother Joyce in order to lure Buffy, whom he wanted to sire and turn loose on Joyce. Buffy was able to trick him by taking away his pills and having him drink them with a glass of holy water, which disintegrated him from the inside and killed him instantly. Buffy’s Watcher Rupert Giles dusted Blair with a wooden stake.

Personality

Due to his mental state, Zachary Kralik was a sadistic, murderous and aggressive person who enjoyed placing psychological torture. He graphically slaughtered Hobson and took dozens of photos of Joyce and placed them in a single room at the Sunnydale Arms for Buffy to see. He also showed to be a something of a masochist, as he gained physical pleasure and even arousal from the sensation of a cross burning his torso. 

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