Buffy the Vampire Slayer, arguably one of the best teen dramas to ever be produced on television, introduced more than a handful of memorable characters to the world. It also gave Joss Whedon his first taste of legitimate success and was one of the first shows to have a female-driven narrative that wasn’t all about boys. Though the series aired from 1997 to 2003, it feels like the costume designs never left the '90s. Some of the lamest Buffy villains reflect that influence to the nth degree.
While there are things that only hard-core Buffy fans noticed, most people recognized that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had some dumb-looking bad guys that resembled Rob Zombie video extras. If you don't remember any lame antagonists who ended up on Buffy after failing a GWAR audition, it's time to look back to when the show was running low on creative juices and vote up the villains with the most unoriginal '90s roots that were only possible in that era.
Is there anything more boringly '90s than an Internet villain? The episode "I, Robot... You, Jane" tries its hardest to plant a fear of the Internet into its audience by having Willow begin an IM relationship with a Canadian boyfriend, who turns out to be a demon called Moloch. He "wreaks havoc" by making Willow miss her classes. The final showdown with Moloch, who makes a physical appearance as a Predator lookalike built from computer parts, is pretty anti-climactic, but the meetup is oddly prescient for how most Tinder dates would go 20 years later.
Veruca may be the number one '90s villain that the Scooby gang ever came across. If you don't remember, Veruca is the hot lady werewolf who sports a bleached bob haircut, fronts a band that sounds like Portishead, and has sex with Seth Green. Everything about that sentence sounds like it was written in 1999.
It's safe to say that most villains who appear in the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer smell strongly of the '90s. However, a group of high school bullies called The Pack reek so vehemently that it's kind of embarrassing to even watch the episode. The Pack, possessed by the spirits of jackals at the behest of an evil zoo keeper, cement their '90s status when they make their grand appearance to the tune of Job's Eyes by Far. Unfurl those Jncos and iron them Deftones shirts!
Is there anything more '90s than a crew of frat bros that are trying to raise a snake god? At the time of this episode, hazing scandals were all the rage on shows like Dateline and Hard Copy, so it makes sense to try to use some of that real life juju on a TV show. It's just unfortunate that the bros are simply typical bros, making them quite lame as "villains."