As Buffy explains to Giles in the Pilot episode (Welcome to the Hellmouth), simply being exsanguinated by a vampire isn't enough to make you into a vampire. In order for that to happen, you also need to feed from the vampire yourself :
GILES : Will he rise again?
BUFFY : Who?
GILES : The boy.
BUFFY : No, he’s just dead.
GILES : Can you ...
Buffy can't try out for sports because she's trying to hide her physical prowess from the norms. She seems very keen to keep her two lives (school / slaying) separate and that means not appearing too strong or too athletic.
On top of that, given that her abilities aren't just peak-human but in fact superhuman, unless she was very careful indeed she could ...
Donald Sutherland played the part of Merrick in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie.
He and Whedon had ... ahem... artistic differences
JW: I had major involvement. I was there almost all the way through shooting. I pretty much eventually threw up my hands because I could not be around Donald Sutherland any longer. It didn't turn out to be the ...
In-universe, there has been no full explanation of exactly why the Slayer Line only runs through women.
The Shadow Men were the group of male African Shamans whose descendents would become The Watchers Council.
The Shadow Men chained down and forcibly embued Sineya with the power of The Shadow Demon - turning Sineya into the first Slayer.
The spell used ...
In Season 2, the team visits Pylea where they encounter Covenant of Trombli Holy Books in the episode Through the Looking Glass.
It's very brief, but we see the holy books:
The team does notice the coincidence, but it isn't really spoken of again. From the transcript:
Gunn: "Like one of them priests the host was talking about. These books belong to ...
As Tynam has said, Sweet didn't lose so much as cut & run.
It's not completely obvious what Sweet's goals are - he is apparently in it for his own amusement, not for any form of material gain. He seems to enjoy causing people to combust, and he likes spreading fear and chaos.
He had a secondary goal as well - he was summoned, and the invocation gave ...
In the seventh season episode "Selfless," which is an Anya-centric episode, it is revealed that her home with Olaf (the future troll) in the year 880, she was breeding rabbits. This all changed when she found out Olaf was cheating on her and then used magic to punish him, thus leading to her life as a vengeance demon.
It makes sense to me that rabbits ...
The episode you are referring to is "Normal Again". It isn't a "quick flash of a scene". The entire episode is a tug of war between her being in a mental institution (in which the doctor and her parents are trying to convince her that being a slayer is a delusion) and the life we are accustomed to seeing her lead in Sunnydale.
Ostensibly, the mental ...
India Cohen was the slayer directly before Buffy.
She was killed by nomadic elemental mummies and sacrificed herself to save her watcher. She was briefly resurrected (by said watcher) in 1998 and sacrificed herself a second time to protect Buffy.
My name is India Cohen the Vampire Slayer. I was called in 1993, and I died in San Diego in 1996.
I say again to ...
Most of the supernatural beings in the Buffy universe seem content to live in quiet. It's a secret world that the general public denies even if it may be just under the surface - easier to assume that demon who drove by was just wearing a costume, right?
Sunnydale was a special place though - being situated over the Hellmouth it attracted many unsavory ...
By this point the writers were setting up some plot points well in advance. Tara's reasons will be addressed in season 5, episode 6 ("Family").
Since the answer is a huge spoiler for Tara, I'm going to allow you a moment to be sure you want to know before continuing.
You ask whether the writers changed their minds. Actually, they did.
Outside of a few specific cases (like the Mayor), all demons in this dimension in modern times are human/demon hybrids. This is reiterated on both Buffy and Angel, and it's pretty easy to find quotes that support this. On the Buffy and Angel wiki:
The Old Ones were the first and most powerful of demons, lived on Earth during the Primordial Age where they ...
It is unknown whether there is a true "Hell" as described by most religions. There are, however, Hell Dimensions (as well as Heaven Dimensions).
Buffy had technically visited a Hell Dimension earlier in the Season 3 premiere, when she was trapped in The Factory Dimension.
It's a comment from Willow that convinces the Scoobies to believe that Buffy ended ...
The general rule of thumb with the Buffy-verse is that when someone becomes a vampire, the body's original inhabitant takes a hike (their soul travels to heaven or hell) and a demon then inhabits their dead body.
It follows that the martial arts skills of the newly hosted vampire are those of the demon, augmented by whatever skill the original owner had.
Do they actually forget? Or do they just not talk about it?
I think the majority of the Sunnydale populace adopt an 'out of mind, out of sight' attitude, that they just don't acknowledge the supernatural happenings.
The show's senior staffers and the network seem to have been aware of Willow's sexuality and the relationship between her and Tara before the end of season 3, hence the inclusion of the (in hindsight) highly revealing line in Doppelgangland:
Willow: I mean, I'm so evil, and skanky, (softly, to Buffy) and I think I'm kind of gay.
The rest of the cast and ...
The strong implication is that when you lose your soul (and become a vampire), you lose the inhibitions that prevent you from doing evil acts. In the vanishingly unlikely event that your soul is restored, all of these various unpleasantries come crashing back down on your human conscience like a ton of bricks.
ANGEL: When you become a vampire, the
This is based slightly on @Nick's answer, but I wanted to format one that specifically called out why and also to answer it in a less spoiler fasion.
They cannot be the same universe.
This is because at the end of the Cabin in the Woods:
However, we know that the Buffyverse:
According to The Strange And Incredible Saga Of Willow and Tara On "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", there was initially at least some backlash from some fans about the relationship.
The storyline received a great deal of attention in the press and sparked a controversy that divided the show’s most loyal fan base. In fact, Amber Benson who played Tara ...
Rationality and emotion are often in conflict even in the most rational of people. Not only did Angel murder Jenny Calendar, he left her body for Giles to find in his own bedroom by faking a romantic tryst. No matter how rational you are, it's got to be almost impossible not to want the person who did that dead.
However, there is a more rational reason ...
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse is explicitly states that Hank Summers is her father.
SUMMERS, HANK: Father to Buffy and (later) Dawn;
ex-husband of Joyce. Hank was attentive to his daughter when Buffy and
her mom first moved to Sunnydale, and he invited Buffy to his home in
LA for the summer (BtVS “...
This is Drogyn, the keeper of the Deeper Well, otherwise known as the Battlebrand and notably as the "Truthsayer" due to his inability to lie.
The scene you're recalling is probably from the episode "A Hole in the World"
DROGYN: I just said to you, not one moment ago, don't ask.
ANGEL: Seriously. He doesn't like questions.
SPIKE: Why the ...
Well there's a few things that make Sunnydale a little more special than, perhaps, Cleveland's. For a start, The Master was trapped there. Secondly, Sunnydale was being run by a demon mayor. Thirdly, it was home to the Slayer Scythe. Lastly, in Season 8 (the comic) it's revealed that the Sunnydale Hellmouth also contains the source of all magic in our ...
Essentially, the beer only turned a person temporarily into a caveman. The effects were stated to wear off pretty quickly. It seemed to me that the beer was destroyed in the fire near the end, but it is never said exactly what was done about it.
As for proof of the timespan, the transcript states:
Xander: No. No neat. I served them that beer. I served ...
Buffy Season 8 was written by Joss Whedon (along with several of the other writers, like Jane Espenson). However, it was a comic series, not a TV series. There was a motion comic series made of it, which according to Wikipedia you can get on Amazon or iTunes, or on Blu-ray or DVD.
Depending on how you define it, Buffy may or may not have actually gone "to Hell".
In the Season Three premiere, Anne, Buffy has run away to Los Angeles and is posing as a waitress. During that episode, she is captured and taken to an alternate dimension that is one of the "hell dimensions", the so-called Factory Dimension. This dimension is a pretty ...
Prior to the episode BtVS: Consequences, Faith was (for all intents and purposes) still well under the control of the Watcher's Council. She and Buffy were entirely unaware that the Mayor was evil and he'd certainly made no direct overtures to recruit her. He was definitely aware of her existence though, having paid people to try to kill her and Buffy in ...