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Fathers from American Gothic to Point Pleasant
Julia M. Wright

reached or relied upon. The fathers who do appear are often monsters, so Ted (John Ritter) tries to become Buffy’s stepfather, but turns out to be a killer robot, for instance (“Ted” 2.11), and the rhetoric of paternity is used most frequently to refer to vampire relationships, so the Master is “sire” to Darla, Angel to Drusilla and Spike (later altered to make Drusilla Spike’s maker), and so forth

in Men with stakes