DATA + APPEARANCES
-Monster Category: Vampire
Leader of a vampire nest in L.A.
Has facility with hypnosis.
-Most Monstrous Moment: He has killed numerous Slayers.
-First Appearance (Comics): Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin #1 of 3 (Jan 13, 1999)
-Other Appearances (Comics):
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin #2-3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #26: "The Heart of a Slayer" (cover), Buffy the Vampire Slayer #59: "Slayer, Interrupted" (cameo)
-Current Status: Deceased
Born probably in the 11th or 12th century, Lothos' power has increased with age as he commandeered a legion of the undead to overtake Europe during the Dark Ages. Killing numerous Slayers throughout his lifetime, Lothos eventually moved his empire to Los Angeles during the 'Lite Ages' to set up base in the new world. As he rested and gathered his strength, his servants began building a new family for Lothos. Lothos' resuracing coincided with the next Slayer to be called, Buffy Summer, who also happened to live in L.A. Not wanting any interference with his plans to take over L.A., Lothos drew the newest slayer out of hiding by having his legion attack an innocent civilian. The sound of a car crashing during one of her nightly patrols drew Buffy to the source where she saved the civilian from the vampires. Watching Buffy fight from the sidelines, Lothos planned to kill and turn her Watcher Merrick into a vampire to reveal her name.
Refusing to share any information with Lothos, Merrick committed suicide. Despite Merrick's best efforts to prevent Lothos from discovering who the new Slayer was, one of Lothos' minions informed him that Buffy like all girls, would be attending the high school dance mixer that weekend. During the dance, Buffy found herself outnumbered by Lothos' legion, but took them on nonetheless. Buffy defeated Lothos primarily by being true to her own contemporary style and ignoring the conventions and limitations of previous Slayers. Using her grooming knowledge along with a traditional cross, Buffy created a blowtorch and set Lothos on fire. As he fell to the ground screaming, Buffy staked him, avenging Merrick's death. She then proceeded to kill the rest of the vampires by setting the school gym on fire, with the vampires trapped inside.
POWERS + WEAKNESSES
Lothos had the standard powers of a vampire: superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and durability, along with virtual immortality. He also had facility to hypnosis.
Lothos has all the vulnerabilities of a Buffyverse vampire: direct sunlight will cause combustion that would eventually kill him if he stays out in the sun's rays for more than a few seconds. A stake through the heart and decapitation would instantly kill him. In addition, certain objects of religious significance to Christians -- specifically Bibles, crucifixes, and holy water -- can burn his flesh. Also, he can not enter a person's home unless he's invited by one of the occupants.