DATA + APPEARANCES
-Monster Category: Demon
-Key Relationships: None
-Unique Attributes: Feeds off of those who inspire fear into the hearts of others (such as bullies).
-Most Monstrous Moment: Killed Joe Burgess' friend, Andy Busnell
-First Appearance (Comics): Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1/2: "Stinger" (Jul 21, 1999)
-Current Status: Deceased
The history of the Stinger is unknown, other than the fact that two generations before it ventured to Sunnydale, it faced another Slayer and her watcher, who Giles is a descendant of. The Stinger preys on humans who take pleasure in inducing fear on others, and is able to track them based on the cruel scent that the bullies emit. While residing in Sunnydale, it was woken up by Sunnydale's local bully, Joe Burgess, who challenged Xander Harris to a pummeling after the football game that night. While Xander was man enough to show up that night and have his spleen fed to him, Joe dropped out, instead deciding to take a girl up to the makeout point, but sent his friend Andy Busnell to beat up Xander for him. Unfortunately for Andy, the Stinger had been waiting for Joe to show up and attacked Andy, mistaking him for Joe. Feeding on Andy, Stinger realized that he wasn't Joe, and departed to track down Burgess, leaving Xander speechless. Stinger found Joe, but was interrupted by Buffy and her friends, who managed to kill Stinger in a group effort.
POWERS + WEAKNESSES
Stinger could track prey down based on if they emitted a 'cruel' scent. Stinger's main weapon is its tail, which literally scares victims to death.
, it became vulnerable to any attack.
The loss of its tail however, leaves Stinger vulnerable and unable to fend off attacks.