Why didn't The First Evil ever take the form of Willow?

She technically died in season 2, episode Halloween. She died and became her costume as a ghost, so the first could have appeared as Willow too.

Especially in the first episode of season 7 when it took the form of all the previous Big Bads, Warren, Glory, Adam, the Mayor, Drucila, and the Master. It should of appeared as Willow as well, in my opinion.

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    Willow didn't die. She was dressed as a ghost for Halloween so when the spell was cast, that's what she became, she didn't die and leave a body behind, her body became ghost like Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 7:50
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    @BinaryWorrier Spot on. Should be an answer, IMHO.
    – Steve-O
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 14:42
  • I forget - did it ever become Buffy? She died in Season 1....
    – RDFozz
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 16:22
  • Vampire Willow's image was an option, if she just had to exist for a time (after her death) in our universe.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 21:36
  • @RDFozz yes she died twice actually. Once drowned by the Master, and the second time to save dawn in the 5th season.
    – Flitoangel
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 3:00

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The script makes it pretty clear that she's not actually dead, merely enchanted along with the other people wearing the magical outfits. Note the artful quote marks.



As the "ghost" Willow, dressed in her rocker babe outfit, sits up - emerging from her "dead" body, which remains unmoving on the ground.

WILLOW: Oh. Oh my God...

She stands, sees her BOOTS submerged in the sheet.

WILLOW: I'm a... I'm a real ghost -


Willow didn't die

She was dressed as a ghost for Halloween so when the spell was cast, that's what she became.
She didn't die, her "spirit" left her body, in a form of astral projection. I assume her body was still alive but in a catatonic state.

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    She did leave her body. I just watched the episode. It was left on a porch covered in the ghost costume. Her ghost self was dressed in her clothes under the costume.
    – Flitoangel
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 2:51
  • Well observed mate, but we don't know if he corporeal body kept breathing and her "spirit" just became un-tethered. Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 8:51
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    Right :) I was just thinking about it, because the term ghost actually means the spirit of someone who has died.. confusing lol
    – Flitoangel
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 5:04
  • By the same logic, Xander became a soldier, but he didn't go through basic training, the transition was immediate & instant. Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 6:00

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