A babysitter is an individual, usually female, hired by a mother and/or father to watch over their children while they are away. Generally babysitters are either elderly women with little else to do, or teenage girls who are trying to make a little extra money. Teenage babysitters tend to shirk their responsibilities from time to time, preferring instead to take advantage of their employer's home, availing themselves of food, television and the use of their telephone. In the horror genre, babysitters are prime targets for serial murderers as exemplified in slasher franchises such as Halloween, where masked psycho-killer Michael Myers targeted several babysitters, including his own sister, in his home town of Haddonfield, Illinois.
A female hostess or bartender employed by any establishment that serves alcohol. Frequently, barmaids are the daughters of the proprietors of the establishment where they work. In 19th century Western Europe, it was not uncommon for barmaids to become victims of vampires or even werewolves.
(See Also: Innkeeper)
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Belgian refers to the people and culture of the West European country of Belgium. Notable Belgian character include vampire Nick Knight, born Nicholas de Brabant from the Duchy of Brabant during the 13th century. Nick Knight wast the central character from the 1992-1996 television series Forever Knight. Belgium is also responsible for the delicious grid-locked pastry known as a Belgian waffle.
"Big Bad" is a neologism used in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is a nickname, which refers to the primary antagonist of the program, rotating between characters once per season. Examples of "Big Bads" found in the series include The Master, Angel, Mayor Richard Wilkins III, Glorificus, Warren Meers and the First Evil. The term was never really applied in the Angel television series.
Book of Thoth
The Book of Thoth is an ancient tome of occult lore. Marked with the word "Vampyr" in bold illumination, the book contains vast amounts of knowledge concerning demons, vampires and Satanic rituals. The present owner of the book is Watcher Rupert Giles who uses it as a valuable resource when training the Slayer Buffy Summers. Giles formerly kept the book in the library at Sunnydale High School, but after leaving the school, kept it amongst his personal belongings.
(See Also: Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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A Blu-ray Disc is an optical disc storage medium designed to supersede the standard DVD format. Its main uses are for storing high-definition video, PlayStation 3 video games, and other data, with up to 25 GB per single layered, and 50 GB per dual layered disc. Although these numbers represent the standard storage for Blu-Ray drives, the specification is open-ended, with the upper theoretical storage limit left unclear. 200 GB discs are available, and 100 GB discs are readable without extra equipment or modified firmware. The disc has the same physical dimensions as standard DVDs and CDs.
(See Also: DVD)
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The Brujah are a clan of vampires featured in the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game. In the original 1st-3rd editions of the game, they were one of the original thirteen clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Brujah are characteristically portrayed as rogues, rebels and rabble-rousers, who are desperately trying to bring back to glory days of ancient Carthage when the clan wielded true power over the Kindred. The Brujah can be found in both the Camarilla as well as their rival faction, the Sabbat. Modern Brujah tend to enjoy more violent lifestyles and it is not uncommon to see these vampires associating with biker gangs, street gangs or organized crime.
(See Also: Brujah vampires)
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Burgomaster is a title which refers to the chief magistrate of a town or region. Authoritatively speaking, it is the equivalent to a town mayor. Some European spellings also spell it as Burgomeister. It is considered an old form in its usage and is not typically applied in modern local governments. Movies that take place in countries such as Germany and Switzerland in the early-to-late 19th century will use the term. In addition to maintaining law and order, Burgomasters are also charged with keeping their districts free of any radical nuisances which can come in any variety of forms, such as lumbering green-skinned monsters with bolts sticking out of their necks.
A busboy is an employee of a restaurant or catering business responsible for clearing and cleaning dirty dishes, setting tables and assisting the waiting staff. Occasionally they find themselves victims of aggressive supernatural or alien entities such as the dish washer from The Blob.
A butcher knife is a knife designed and used primarily for the butchering and/or dressing of animals. Other similar meat-cutting knives include the carving knife and the cleaver knife. The carving knife usually is designed for slicing thin cuts of meat and often has a blunt or rounded point, with a scalloped or granton blade to improve separation of sliced cuts of meat. The cleaver knife is similar to the butcher's knife, but has a lighter and thinner blade for precision cutting. A butcher knife is also a popular weapon of choice for serial murderers, owing largely to its light weight and the fact that it is easy to yield both in terms of slicing as well as stabbing. Killers such as Michael Myers and Chef Death are known to wield butcher knives.
A butler is a hired member of an estate, generally male, who is in charge of all matters and personnel in regards to housekeeping and upkeep. A butler manages the day-to-day affairs of the cooking and cleaning staff as well as other hired help such as groundskeepers.
(See Also: Servant)
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