We know that in the Buffyverse, garlic is effective against vampires:


Where a bunch of fresh garlic is now nailed.


To find that there is garlic nailed up at all the windows. Buffy sits up in bed, looking small and scared, holding a cross.

Source: the script for Wrecked, season 6 episode 10.

This leads me to the question, does Buffy eat garlic? The smell must repulse vampires, adding an extra layer of protection.

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    “The smell must repulse vampires” — it might not. Jan 7, 2017 at 12:49
  • Maybe she just knows Spike doesn't like it. I mean, every other vamp (aside perhaps from Angel) would need an invitation, so the garlic could only be needed to protect against him while she wanted him away. So, presumably there was a stretch of Season 6 where she didn't eat much garlic, and a stretch where she ate extra garlic. ;) Jan 7, 2017 at 17:38
  • Well, the smell from the Doublemeat Palace can drive 'em off...
    – K-H-W
    Aug 4, 2019 at 0:02

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Yes. In the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (feature film) script we learn what books she was checking out from the Library.

Buffy charging some books: Lawson's Treatis on Demonology, Psychological Interpretations of Vampirism, The Book of the Dead, and The Complete Garlic Cookbook.

Within the TV series, there doesn't appear to be any instances of her eating raw garlic but she certainly doesn't shy away from eating pizza, which you'd expect to contain some cooked garlic.

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