From Pluralpedia, the collaborative plurality dictionary
buffer (n., adj.)
Synonymsbarrier, cushion, safeguard
Applies toheadmates
CoinerCorvine Collective

A buffer is a headmate whose role is to act as a buffer for other headmates from potentially traumatic or stressful situations.

An example of this would be if a syskid or alter who shouldn't be front during traumatic or stressful situations was close to fronting, the buffer would front to prevent them from witnessing or being around the situation, similar to when police or firefighters in TV shows block children's ears or eyes and distract them from the crime they were called out for.

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A similar term to buffer could be DNI holder but they should not be mistaken for each other. An alter could be a buffer while also being a DNI holder but that is not always the case.

This is a subterm of protector, caretaker, and could also be seen as a subterm for gatekeeper depending on the system using this role or alter with this role.