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The First Evil and Pride

Miss Muffet

"Can I trade in the children for more cash?"
Apr 28, 2021
This is something I've been toying with for a while, and hopefully a good explanation of why the First monologues so much. The First Evil is something that doesn't real.y get fully explained in the Buffyverse. Obviously it's the "first evil" but that doesn't really mean much. But one day, I was thinking about theology and I came up with two connected theories related to the First: the Seven Deadly Sins and Original Sin. I don't know if this was intended, but I think it's an interesting idea regardless.
If you don't know the Seven Deadly Sins, they are: Sloth (laziness), Envy, Gluttony, Anger, Lust, Avarice (greed), and the worst of them all, Pride. Pride is not referring to being proud of your accomplishments, but refers to being prideful to a degree you believe you're better than others. It's considered the worst of the Deadly Sins because it has a tendency to lead to the others. The First Evil is obviously very prideful. It's constantly boasting and it never even crosses its mind it could be beaten. But I think it's a little more than that, something connected to Original Sin.
In the book of Genesis, after God creates Adam and Eve, he tells them not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The snake then tricks Eve, and through her, Adam, into eating the fruit, which becomes Original Sin. This sin is not simply eating a piece of fruit, however. It's about disobeying God, and thinking they knew better than him. Pride is Original Sin. It is Pride that led them to listen to the snake and their own desires (to be equal to God, knowing good and evil) and led them to sin.
It's quite easy to connect Original Sin to the First Evil as well. The First Evil is the Original Evil, and the Original Evil was Original Sin. The words a synonyms with each other. If Original Sin is Pride, then the First Evil is as well. This is why the First talks about how powerful it is, but never really does anything. Pride is a passive sin.
As I said before, I don't know if this was intended, or the writers just didn't know what to do with an incorporeal bad guy, so just had it monologue all the time, but I hope you find it interesting regardless.
Thanks for reading!


Not Lurking, Standing About. Whole different vibe.
Staff member
Feb 16, 2022
Westchester, NY
This is a real interesting idea :)

A little surprised that the show never really went to that area during its 7 seasons (12 counting the comics!). Having a connection between The First Evil and The Serpent would be kind of interesting


Jun 28, 2021
So, I know the show deffo has a Christian bias. However, as a Muslim, that'd also be an interesting take. Hell didn't exist until Satan refused to bow to Adam, citing that he was the superior, being made of fire compared to Adam being made of dirt.
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When it comes to dating I the Slayer.
Apr 23, 2012
Have one question. How do we know it was the First Evil . Could be that it just talks a good game .

As proof of that it couldn't bring Tara back so there are limits to its power .
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