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First appearance "The Long Way Home, Part 1"
Created by Joss Whedon
Full name Satsu
Affiliation Scooby Gang, Watchers' Council, Vampire Slayers
Notable powers
  • Slayer physiology grants her the common powers of Slayers.

Satsu is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, the canonical comic book continuation of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her first appearance as Satsu was in the first issue of the "Long Way Home" story arc (2007);]

Satsu is introduced as a "Slayer" - one of many girls who become endowed with supernatural abilities, destined to battle evil creatures such as vampires and demons, like protagonist Buffy Summers. Distinctly, Satsu is also a brief love interest for the character of Buffy; Satsu is an out lesbian.

Character History

Satsu is a Japanese or Japanese American Slayer, first appearing in season 8, and is one of the best in Buffy's squad, along with Leah and Rowena. She is known for her funky hairstyles and wardrobe. Satsu is a lesbian, which apparently was a source of conflict with her parents. She was called as a Slayer while in the hallway at her school, causing her to fall to the floor and weep with joy.

Satsu is chosen to assist Buffy in rescuing Willow in Part 4 of the "The Long Way Home", and had previously aided Buffy many times in missions and battles. In "The Long Way Home," when Buffy is put under magical sleep that can only be broken by the kiss of one who loves her, Satsu is the one who anonymously breaks the spell, although this is not revealed until later. She makes cameos in "The Chain", and "Anywhere But Here", and has a much bigger role in "A Beautiful Sunset". In this issue, Buffy takes Satsu to a vampire nest, and they dispose of them quickly. Buffy informs Satsu that it's become general knowledge in their group that Satsu is in love with her and was the one who woke her from her magical sleep (Buffy herself admits that she figured it out by recognizing the taste of Satsu's cinnamon lip gloss). Buffy is sincerely flattered, but tells Satsu that a relationship between them would not work, and warns her that people who love her have a tragic history of getting hurt (citing Angel's banishment to a hell dimension, Spike's immolation in the Hellmouth, and Riley's struggles with masochism). Afterward, when Twilight attacks, Satsu is knocked out at the beginning of the battle.

In "Wolves at the Gate, Part 1", Satsu and Buffy have sex together and are discovered in bed by Xander, Andrew, Renée, Dawn, and Willow. "Wolves at the Gate" Parts 2 and 3 illustrate the awkwardness that follows. In Part 4 of "Wolves at the Gate", Satsu decides she needs to spend time apart from Buffy to come to terms with her feelings, and stays in Tokyo, becoming leader of the Japanese squad of the Slayer army after having one more night of intimacy with Buffy.

Kennedy visits Satsu in "Swell", both as a performance assessment and to talk to her about the Buffy situation; Kennedy leads Satsu to reluctantly accept that Buffy is straight and not interested in her romantically. Satsu proves an effective leader for her squad, and successfully commandeers a submarine for the team's use. In "Swell," Satsu's body is invaded by a small stuffed-animal-like demon called a Vampy Cat, which causes her to behave in an aggressive and misogynistic manner until Kennedy kicks her in the stomach during a fight and causes her to vomit the creature up; however, the Vampy Cat was able to extract from Satsu's mind the location of the Slayer's secret headquarters in Scotland.

In the "Retreat" arc, the stolen submarine was used by Buffy, her companions, and a large group of Slayers (including Satsu) to escape from an attack by the forces of the villain, Twilight. After Willow magically transports the submarine and its occupants to the home of their friend Oz in Tibet, Satsu gives up her Slayer powers, with the others, in an attempt to escape notice by Twilight... a tactic of which she vocally disapproves. She remains steadfastly loyal to Buffy, and at one point saves her from a sniper's bullet.

Appearances in Buffyverse

Satsu has appeared in 17 canonical Buffyverse episodes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

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