Daniel “Oz” Osbourne – Sunnydale, CA

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Daniel “Oz” Osbourne is a student at Sunnydale High School seen on the WB/UPN fantasy drama BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003).

Quiet and reserved, Oz (Seth Green) is a musician with a good sense of humor and a high IQ [though he doesn’t apply himself in school].

In his spare time, he plays lead guitar in the rock band “Dingoes Ate My Baby,” which performs at a local hangout called the Bronze.

He is also a member of “The Scooby Gang” a band of demon hunters consisting of vampire slayer Buffy Anne Summer and her helpers Willow, Xander, and Cordelia.

Unfortunately, Oz got bitten by a werewolf (his cousin, Jordy) and his whole life changed. Now, every month, three nights around a full moon he turns into a werewolf and, of course, this impacted greatly with the relationship with his girlfriend, Willow Rosenberg.

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To protect those he loved and other innocent victims that may fall prey to his darker side, Oz took the precaution of locking himself in a cage with handcuffs and shackles. Eventually Oz decided to leave Sunnydale in hopes of finding a way to control his werewolf condition.

Before he left Sunnydale, Oz was irresistibly drawn to a seductive she-wolf named Veruca (Paige Moss) who sang with a band called “Shy.” She loved being a werewolf and the primal rush she felt while killing things.

When Willow discovered Oz and the she-wolf naked together in a cage (they locked themselves up to keep from hurting anyone), Willow ran off and began to cast a harmful spell, but changed her mind.

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When the she-wolf threatened to kill Willow, Oz turned Wolfie and defended Willow by ripping out the she-wolf’s throat. But the blood lust of the moment, drove Oz to attack Willow, as well. Luckily, Buffy arrived on the scene to tranquillize Oz with a dart before he could do anymore harm.

Oz left town and during his absence, Willow fell in love with a fellow Wiccan named Tara. When he returned to Sunnydale, Oz was now better able to control his condition with charms, chants and herbs which he found in Mexico, South America and Tibet.

Trying to lead a normal life again, Oz enrolled in Sunnydale University and resumed his role with the Scooby Gang by battling demons. But when Oz sniffed out the fact that Willow and Tara were lovers, he lost his cool, went Wolfie in the daylight and started to hunt down Tara.

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Luckily, the Initiative (Demon Research Initiative), a covert government group of demon hunters captured Oz. They began to experiment on him but Buffy rescued Oz and he quickly realized that he couldn’t guarantee keeping control around Willow under the circumstance. And so he once again left town.

NOTE: At one point in his travels, Oz showed up in Los Angeles to visit with fellow Sunnydale-ites, Cordelia Chase, a former Scooby Gang member and Angel the Vampire.


Oz: You guys are, like, detectives?
Cordelia: No. I’m an actress.
Doyle: And quite a captivating one at that.
Cordelia: And between my many gigs, I sometimes choose to help Angel.
Doyle: He’s the detective.
Oz: Does he have a hat and gun?
Cordelia: Just fangs.
Oz: Well, that works.


Daniel “Oz” Osbourne
c/o/ Sunnydale, CA

Buffy the Vampire Slaver (IMDB)
Oz the Werewolf (Video)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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