Questions tagged [buffy-the-vampire-slayer]

For questions about the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" franchise spanning film, television, novels and comics. The titular character, Buffy Summers, is chosen to be the Slayer.

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In what order should Buffy and Angel be watched?

I had the luxury of watching Buffy and Angel when they were on television, when it was impossible for me to mess up the viewing order. Now that I'm introducing it to some friends (and we're coming up ...
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Why isn't Buffy a star athlete?

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer's third season finale, we get this dialogue from our heroine: Buffy: I wish I could be a lot of things for you. A great student, a star athlete ... remotely normal. I'm ...
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Who does the Slayer lineage run through?

While this was all most certainly thrown out of whack after the events of the series finale, I want to know what was up with the Slayer lineage between seasons 2 and 7. Only one girl is called to be ...
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Which “certain other thespian” does Joss Whedon hate?

Wikipedia's article on the original Buffy film talks about a comic in the Buffy-verse: In 1999, Dark Horse Comics released a graphic novel adaptation of Whedon's original script under the title The ...
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Buffy - Prophecy Girl [S1E12] — How exactly do Vampires talk if they can't breathe?

Possibly an old question, but I've never heard a good answer... In the final Episode of Season 1 of Buffy, Angel looks on helplessly as Xander performs CPR on our heroine. He explains that Vampires ...
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Why are Slayers always women and not men?

In the Buffyverse there are no male slayers. There are male watchers, but no slayers. I am curious as to why all the slayers are women? Is there an explanation that the show,angel, comic or movie gave?...
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Why is the world not completely terrorized by demons in the Buffyverse?

In the first seasons of Buffy it seems that demons and vampires are not very common. One Slayer seems enough to keep things under control (particularly in the hellmouth). By season 6, it seems that ...
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When was it decided that “Wolfram” was a portmanteau?

In the final season of Angel, it is emphasized that "Wolfram" in the name of the law firm Wolfram & Hart is actually a portmanteau, and that the ancient founders of the firm were Was this ...
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Do vampires in the Buffy universe need to feed?

It's shown that spike can survive for a long time without supply of fresh blood. It's never really stated what happens if vampires don't feed. What does happen? Do they need to feed?
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Why does Buffy not come back as a vampire?

In Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series), during the Season 1 Finale Buffy gets bitten by The Master. Why does she not either turn into another vampire? Or die suddenly? I know that Xander performed ...
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Is there any good evidence to say whether The Cabin in the Woods is in the Buffy Universe?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (& associated TV series) and The Cabin in the Woods could at first glance easily be in the same universe. In particular the organization that runs the Cabin is very ...
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What Were the Clues Foreshadowing Dawn Summers Appearing?

As I mentioned in another question, Joss Whedon is known for planning his storyarcs out years in advance. Friends have told me that there were clues planted as much as 2-3 years in advance about Dawn ...
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What was Cordelia's original fate as intended by the writers?

Note that I am only referring to the original show, and not the comics which expanded the story. Through the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Cordelia Chase undergoes a massive character ...
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What's with the bunny hate?

Anya hates bunnies. In "Once More With Feeling" she sings what might be my favorite lyrics of all time: Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes, They got them hoppy legs and twitchy ...
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Why can't Buffy's mother know that her daughter is the slayer?

In Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the episode titled What's My Line: Part 2, we are introduced to Kendra who will be named as slayer if Buffy ever dies. During the episode Kendra comments ...
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Why are all the Watchers in Buffy English?

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was there ever any reason given for all of the Watchers being English? Or does the show just make them such because the accent is cool?
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How did Sweet the demon lose?

In the Buffy episode "Once More, With Feeling", how did the Scoobies "beat the bad guy", as Sweet the demon puts it? Or did he just get bored when he didn't succeed in making Buffy burst into flames?
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How do crosses/crucifixes work in Buffy?

In the first part of the season 3 finale of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, a flashback shows an interaction between Angel and Drusilla in a church confessional. In the background outside the confessional,...
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In which order should I read all the Buffy/Angel comics?

I finished watching Buff and Angel some time ago and loved it! I feel like it's time for more so I want to get into the comics. Particularly Buffy's Season 8 and 9 and Angel After the Fall. In what ...
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Were Joyce and Buffy manipulated into moving to Sunnydale?

Prior to living in Sunnydale, Buffy lived in Los Angeles. After being expelled and the divorce of her parents, she moved to Sunnydale with Joyce, where Joyce now owns an art gallery. Buffy arrives ...
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Why aren't all Slayers active at the Hellmouth(s)?

The Hellmouth is an area : in which the barriers between dimensions was particularly weak, allowing the creation of portals between Earth and several hell dimensions. For these reasons, the ...
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Why does having a soul make Angel non-evil compared to evil humans?

It is mentioned repeatedly in both Buffy and Angel that having his soul returned to him turned the evil Angelus into the usually good Angel. This is the setup for the character. However, there are ...
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When was it decided that Willow would be gay?

In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Doppelgangland there is an evil Vampire-Willow doppelgänger, who comes on to the real Willow. Willow: (appalled) It's horrible! That's me as a vampire? I'm ...
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Was Dawn created by altering reality or only memories?

My recollection of the revelation about Dawn's origin is that the Order of Dagon monks transformed the Key into human form and altered everyone's memories (and mundane records) so that they thought ...
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How do the vampires in Buffy know how to fight?

In Buffy, the slayer has to have super human strength in order to fight vampires. We know that the vampires don't have fighting skills before they are turned. In the episode Gingerbread, Joyce sees a ...
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Was season one of Buffy originally intended to follow the fake-bad, betrayal, real-big-bad formula?

Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 6 of Buffy follow a fairly consistent formula: The first half of the season introduces a character who we're meant to think will be the season's "Big Bad". (Spike/Drusilla, Mr ...
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Why did Tara sabotage Willow's demon-finding spell?

In "Goodbye Iowa", the 14th episode of season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before the Scooby Gang finds out about that season's Big Bad they think that Professor Walsh has been killed by a Polgara ...
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Is there anything special about the Sunnydale Hellmouth?

One of the premises of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that extra amounts of weird things because Sunnydale sits on a Hellmouth. The show mentions that Cleveland also has its own Hellmouth, and an issue ...
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How did the First Evil take the shape of Buffy?

The first evil is able to take the form of dead people. Still, we see several time how it takes the form of Buffy (to Caleb and Buffy herself). How is this possible?
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How does Angel shave?

In episode five of season two of Buffy (Reptile Boy), Willow is baffled by Angel's lack of a reflection, and asks, "How do you shave?" So...do vampires' hair actually grow? There have been numerous ...
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Was there confirmed opposition to Willow's relationship in Buffy season 5?

In season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer There's lots of hugging and smiling and talking about their feelings, but up to the sixth episode, they do not kiss. Was there studio/PR/political ...
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Why was Buffy's test result positive?

On page 24 of issue #5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, we see a test with a positive result. However, later in issue #7, we learn that Buffy is How could this be the case? Could the ...
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What happened to Drusilla that made her so weak?

In the first half of season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drusilla is quite weak. She is unable to hunt on her own, often bedridden, and Spike is constantly worrying over her. Her illness is ...
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When Angelus has his soul, why is he called Angel?

When Angelus has his soul back he goes by the shortened form Angel. Is there an established in universe reason why he doesn't use his real name Liam?
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Why isn't Buffy paid?

Going off a question at buffy-boards.com, why didn't the Council pay Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We see in the episode, Checkpoint, that the Council pays Giles. Buffy insists that he will ...
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Why don't more vampires in the Buffyverse use guns?

What's the in-universe explanation for why more vampires in the Buffyverse don't use guns? Darla does in the first season and here and there, we see vampires use guns. But most seem to eschew them. ...
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When did Buffy go to hell (the first time)?

At the start of season 6 there's a lot of talk about the belief that Buffy went to Hell during the time she was dead between the seasons but I'm sure there have been occasions before the season 5 ...
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Why do some people remember about the supernatural, and others forget?

In Buffy, most people who see supernatural things forget about them shortly thereafter. However, there is a fair number of people who do remember. What is the key to remembering/forgetting in Buffy?
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Demons in Buffy / Angel - are they human hybrids or not?

In Innocence (Buffy 2x14), However, in Graduation Day (part 1) (Buffy 3x21) If a vampire, as an earth bound demon, is a demon/human hybrid, how can there be no humanity in him? Is there any other ...
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Did Mayor Wilkins intend to recruit Faith?

At some point in season 3 of Buffy Faith jumped the Scoobies ship and joined the season's Big Bad, Mayor Richard Wilkins III. I seem dimly remember some efforts of the mayor to recruit her, but on a ...
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Is Angel Liam, or just Angelus with a soul?

So it's been established that when a human is 'turned' into a vampire, their soul departs and a demon moves in. So is the Angel we all know and love the demon, now saddled with a soul, or is he Liam ...
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Was Buffy in an institution before “Normal Again”?

I've tried so hard to reconcile what I find to be a fairly blatant flaw in my favorite show... In the episode "Normal Again" Buffy claims to have been sent to an institution when she first told her ...
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How do some of the the characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer get money?

Okay I know this may be pedantic. But how do the characters in Buffy and Angel finance themselves? How could Faith afford that apartment in series 3? Is she getting some financial help from the ...
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Mayor Wilkins' spirit and his role in the creation of Adam

Okay, so I know that Adam was a human-cyborg-demon hybrid created by Maggie Walsh. I know the human part of Adam was an Initiative Member who was killed. The part I'm confused about is the fact that ...
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What did Mayor Wilkins do to Mr Trick?

At the end of Homecoming, Mayor Wilkins calls the ever-so-slick vampire Mr Trick in for a meeting. They verbally spar for a bit, but when the Mayor suggests bringing Mr Trick onto his team, the ...
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Has Joss Whedon Commented on the Added Storyarc With Spike And How Carefully It Was Planned?

Spike was one of the most popular characters in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the original plan was to bring him in as the Big Bad for a few episodes and not bring him back, but viewer ...
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Why are Xander and Giles against giving Angel's soul back?

In some early episodes of Buffy, Giles insists that when someone becomes a vampire, the vampire has the 'host' body, memories and personality but it is not that person anymore. Then when Buffy wants ...
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When Buffy comes to rescue Dawn, why do the vampires attack Buffy?

It's been about 2-3 years since I've seen Buffy. I finished Buffy seasons 1-4 and Angel season 1. I'm now watching Buffy season 5 and Angel season 2. In Buffy S05E02, when Buffy comes to rescue Dawn ...
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Character in Buffy (possibly Angel) who could not lie

I can't remember if this character was in Buffy or Angel, but I'm pretty sure I remember he was talking to Angel. Angel had enlisted his help to accomplish some task. His schtick was he absolutely ...
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Who is Buffy's father?

Ok, so wrong movie. But in season 3 episode 18 "Earshot", Buffy gained the ability to read minds, and found out that: And it seemed that this event happened a long time ago. Around 16 years ago ...