In Buffy, you see hundreds of things referred to as "demons" or "demonic", and many other things (Trolls, Werewolves, Witches, etc) are not. But what actually counts as a demon in the Buffyverse?

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    Basically anything that's not a god, a robot or a human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_(Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer)
    – Valorum
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 21:01
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    This immediately made me think of Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures books. There, "demon" is a bastardization of "dimensional traveler". The Buffyverse rules don't seem too far off this....
    – RDFozz
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 0:09

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Typically, anything from another dimension that isn't powerful enough to be called a god. Also, good looking extra-dimensional beings are sometimes not called demons.

A human who has been in another dimension and been altered has been called a demon, I believe.

Remember that Anya was/is a demon.

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    +1. Additionally, they seem to refer to all known alternate dimensions (with the notable exception of Heaven) as "Hell Dimensions," even when they have relatively little information about what the dimension actually is.
    – Steve-O
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 0:27
  • Not the world of shrimp. Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 15:32

The term demon is specifically defined in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse.


Supernatural beings native to hell dimensions. Generally they lack souls and are considered evil. They often possess great strength and endurance, as well as powers like teleportation or psychokinesis

It follows that anything that doesn't fall into this category is some sort of hybrid or simply mis-described.

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