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7th May '18 11:46:40 AM MasterFuzzy
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* The EarlyInstallmentWeirdness of Xander never riding a skateboard again after the first episode? Well, given that the one time we see him try it, he runs straight into a handrail and ends up on his butt, he may very well have decided that skateboards=humiliation, and gone off of it.
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* Buffy's second name is Anne, meaning "The favored" in Hebrew (Hannah). She is the Chosen One after all. It's also closely related to Joan, which means "God favored" and which she chose in Tabula Rasa as her name.

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* Buffy's second name is Anne, meaning "The favored" in Hebrew (Hannah). She is the Chosen One after all. It's also closely related to Joan, which means "God favored" and which she chose in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E8TabulaRasa}} Tabula Rasa Rasa]]" as her name.



* In 4x03, 'The Harsh Light of Day,' there was an early hint about the Initiative soldiers which is actually brilliant in hindsight.. Harmony mentions being hungry, so Spike gestures to a captive young man dressed in an Army green t-shirt and khaki cargoes, just like Riley and his guys wore during down time. Harmony protests that she doesn't want to feed off of the guy because "This one tastes funny."

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* In 4x03, 'The "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E3TheHarshLightOfDay}} The Harsh Light of Day,' Of Day]]" there was an early hint about the Initiative soldiers which is actually brilliant in hindsight.. Harmony mentions being hungry, so Spike gestures to a captive young man dressed in an Army green t-shirt and khaki cargoes, just like Riley and his guys wore during down time. Harmony protests that she doesn't want to feed off of the guy because "This one tastes funny."



* In the MusicalEpisode, ''Once More, With Feeling!'':

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* In the MusicalEpisode, ''Once "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling!'':Feeling]]":



** Sarah Michelle Gellar's voice is obviously auto-tuned. Now while we could just say that this is because [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Sarah was not a confident singer and this was to compensate for that]], that would be lazy and not fun. I instead maintain that Buffy ''actually'' sang that way, because her singing, like everything she was doing in life since her resurrection, was simply her "going through the motions", faking it, rather than doing it with any feeling.

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** Sarah Michelle Gellar's Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's voice is obviously auto-tuned. Now while we could just say that this is because [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Sarah was not a confident singer and this was to compensate for that]], that would be lazy and not fun. I instead maintain that Buffy ''actually'' sang that way, because her singing, like everything she was doing in life since her resurrection, was simply her "going through the motions", faking it, rather than doing it with any feeling.



* In "Spiral," [[spoiler:Mindraped!]]Tara pulls up a blind, exposing Spike's hand to sunlight. His response is surprisingly sympathetic. Why? He was with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Drusilla]] for nearly a century; he understands what it's like to have a mentally unstable girlfriend. It's a pity the writers didn't allow him to have at least one short conversation with Willow that touched on this.

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* In "Spiral," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E20Spiral}} Spiral]]", [[spoiler:Mindraped!]]Tara pulls up a blind, exposing Spike's hand to sunlight. His response is surprisingly sympathetic. Why? He was with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Drusilla]] for nearly a century; he understands what it's like to have a mentally unstable girlfriend. It's a pity the writers didn't allow him to have at least one short conversation with Willow that touched on this.



* In "Blood Ties", Dawn refuses to go to school. On the surface, this seems like typical teenage whining about her finding out she's the key, but in "The Real Me", Dawn said that "(Willow's) the only person who likes school as much as me." Dawn loves school. So when she was refusing to go to school, she was actually avoiding doing something she liked because she was so depressed!

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* In "Blood Ties", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E13BloodTies}} Blood Ties]]", Dawn refuses to go to school. On the surface, this seems like typical teenage whining about her finding out she's the key, but in "The "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E2RealMe}} Real Me", Me]]", Dawn said that "(Willow's) the only person who likes school as much as me." Dawn loves school. So when she was refusing to go to school, she was actually avoiding doing something she liked because she was so depressed!



*** As an additive to that: In "Choices," Joyce makes a note that in order to afford college they may have to get her father to chip in. Now, what's one of the changes that resulted from Dawn's existence? Their father bailed on them instead of remaining a part of their lives. So let's add in that Buffy probably took on at least a couple of student loans, and once she dropped out had to start paying them back.
* One thing that was bugging me was magic. It seems like anyone can start picking it up (Dawn cast the resurrection spell in "Forever" and even Buffy used it to enter a trance in "Shadow"), so it was kind of bothering me that for something that seems pretty accessible, only Willow, Tara, Amy, and Jonathan seem to be doing it. And then I realized; of course many more people are using magic, the Magic Box has a steady stream of customers. Some seem to just be buying stuff as novelties, but you do see customers that are clearly buying spell components. And then it also hit me that just because magic is a key component of the show, it doesn't mean that they're gonna show us every single magic user in Sunnydale; even if they know about magic and demons, that doesn't mean they're gonna get involved with slaying, or even use magic all that often outside of their own home. So the magic = homosexuality connection (it was more prevalent before magic = drugs started) makes even more sense when you consider that there might be hundreds or even thousands of magic users in Sunnydale, but you couldn't tell from appearance.

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*** As an additive to that: In "Choices," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E19Choices}} Choices]]", Joyce makes a note that in order to afford college they may have to get her father to chip in. Now, what's one of the changes that resulted from Dawn's existence? Their father bailed on them instead of remaining a part of their lives. So let's add in that Buffy probably took on at least a couple of student loans, and once she dropped out had to start paying them back.
* One thing that was bugging me was magic. It seems like anyone can start picking it up (Dawn cast the resurrection spell in "Forever" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E17Forever}} Forever]]" and even Buffy used it to enter a trance in "Shadow"), "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E8Shadow}} Shadow]]"), so it was kind of bothering me that for something that seems pretty accessible, only Willow, Tara, Amy, and Jonathan seem to be doing it. And then I realized; of course many more people are using magic, the Magic Box has a steady stream of customers. Some seem to just be buying stuff as novelties, but you do see customers that are clearly buying spell components. And then it also hit me that just because magic is a key component of the show, it doesn't mean that they're gonna show us every single magic user in Sunnydale; even if they know about magic and demons, that doesn't mean they're gonna get involved with slaying, or even use magic all that often outside of their own home. So the magic = homosexuality connection (it was more prevalent before magic = drugs started) makes even more sense when you consider that there might be hundreds or even thousands of magic users in Sunnydale, but you couldn't tell from appearance.



* In ''Same Time, Same Place'', Spike tells Buffy "I should hide... hide from you... hide my face... you know what I've done". He ''could'' be talking about his AttemptedRape, which is what the other characters seem to think, but once the episode is over it starts seeming like he was also giving away the twist in a MadOracle sort of way: [[spoiler: It's possible that he's speaking about Willow in the first person, since it turns out that she unintentionally cast the spell that made her and most of the main cast mutually invisible, due to her nervousness about seeing them again after the whole Dark Willow thing...]]

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* In ''Same "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E3SameTimeSamePlace}} Same Time, Same Place'', Place]]", Spike tells Buffy "I should hide... hide from you... hide my face... you know what I've done". He ''could'' be talking about his AttemptedRape, which is what the other characters seem to think, but once the episode is over it starts seeming like he was also giving away the twist in a MadOracle sort of way: [[spoiler: It's possible that he's speaking about Willow in the first person, since it turns out that she unintentionally cast the spell that made her and most of the main cast mutually invisible, due to her nervousness about seeing them again after the whole Dark Willow thing...]]



--> Throughout the first three seasons of Buffy, Cordy/Spike played an antagonistic role (less so in Cordy's case, but still present), but were still willing to play for the good guys (when it suited their own needs).
--> Cordy was like the kind of spoiled high school girl Buffy was before she became the Slayer, and Spike was a lot like the kind of vicious vampire Angel had been before his soul.
--> Cordy/Spike spent the first three seasons dating "normal" brunettes (Xander being a fellow human, Drusilla being a fellow vampire) who split up with them due to infidelity (Xander cheated on Cordy with Willow, Dru cheated on Spike with a demon) that got revealed in the same episode.
--> After season 4/Season 1, thanks to some kind of painful brain-affecting plant (Cordy's visions, Spike's chip) they have to play for the good guys, and both make a gradual Jerk-Face turn.
--> At the same time, Angel got re-involved with Darla (normal vampire) and Buffy got involved with Riley (normal human) while the (on the surface) platonic relationships they had with Cordy and Spike continued to grow.
--> Cordy and Spike have lovers with similar names (D-ROO-sih-LUH and G-ROO-sih-LUHg) and similar nicknames (Dru and Gru) who are perceptive enough to recognize the sexual tension between Angel/Cordy and Buffy/Spike, although Drusilla, being psychic, catches it a little earlier.
--> After the Angel/Darla and Buffy/Riley relationships went down in flames, the romantic tension between Angel/Cordy and Buffy/Spike started to simmer more around season 5/Season 2, until Season 3/Season 6 when it becomes textual.
--> Towards the end of Season 3/Season 6, both Cordy and Spike decide to make a sacrifice for their lover - Cordy becomes part demon to stop Angel from going crazy, Spike gets his soul back to make up for hurting Buffy - and return with their minds altered by some kind of higher power villain (Jasmine/First Evil), intending to make way for a bigger plan, in Season 7/Season 4.
--> Both of them got an Expository Hair Change when the higher power messed with their minds - as Cordy and Spike have the same hair color as Angel and Buffy on a normal day, Cordy's hair becomes blond and Spike's gets flecks of brown in it, reversing the status quo.
--> For both Angel and Buffy, the lover dies in the final season of their show, right after making a huge romantic gesture - Angel/Cordy's last kiss in "You're Welcome" and Buffy telling Spike she loves him before he burns up at the Hellmouth in "Chosen".

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--> ** Throughout the first three seasons of Buffy, Cordy/Spike played an antagonistic role (less so in Cordy's case, but still present), but were still willing to play for the good guys (when it suited their own needs).
-->
needs).
**
Cordy was like the kind of spoiled high school girl Buffy was before she became the Slayer, and Spike was a lot like the kind of vicious vampire Angel had been before his soul.
--> ** Cordy/Spike spent the first three seasons dating "normal" brunettes (Xander being a fellow human, Drusilla being a fellow vampire) who split up with them due to infidelity (Xander cheated on Cordy with Willow, Dru cheated on Spike with a demon) that got revealed in the same episode.
-->
episode.
**
After season 4/Season 1, thanks to some kind of painful brain-affecting plant (Cordy's visions, Spike's chip) they have to play for the good guys, and both make a gradual Jerk-Face turn.
-->
turn.
**
At the same time, Angel got re-involved with Darla (normal vampire) and Buffy got involved with Riley (normal human) while the (on the surface) platonic relationships they had with Cordy and Spike continued to grow.
--> ** Cordy and Spike have lovers with similar names (D-ROO-sih-LUH and G-ROO-sih-LUHg) and similar nicknames (Dru and Gru) who are perceptive enough to recognize the sexual tension between Angel/Cordy and Buffy/Spike, although Drusilla, being psychic, catches it a little earlier.
--> ** After the Angel/Darla and Buffy/Riley relationships went down in flames, the romantic tension between Angel/Cordy and Buffy/Spike started to simmer more around season 5/Season 2, until Season 3/Season 6 when it becomes textual.
--> ** Towards the end of Season 3/Season 6, both Cordy and Spike decide to make a sacrifice for their lover - Cordy becomes part demon to stop Angel from going crazy, Spike gets his soul back to make up for hurting Buffy - and return with their minds altered by some kind of higher power villain (Jasmine/First Evil), intending to make way for a bigger plan, in Season 7/Season 4.
--> ** Both of them got an Expository Hair Change when the higher power messed with their minds - as Cordy and Spike have the same hair color as Angel and Buffy on a normal day, Cordy's hair becomes blond and Spike's gets flecks of brown in it, reversing the status quo.
-->
quo.
**
For both Angel and Buffy, the lover dies in the final season of their show, right after making a huge romantic gesture - Angel/Cordy's last kiss in "You're Welcome" and Buffy telling Spike she loves him before he burns up at the Hellmouth in "Chosen".
"[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E22Chosen}} Chosen]]".



* On the subject of the Trio, rewatch their argument about different James Bonds. Warren prefers Connery, a swaggering "ladies' man" who [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} gets away with sexually assaulting women]]. Jonathan likes Roger Moore - charming, funny, by far the least gritty (something Warren, of course, mocks him for). Andrew, always the most awkward, sticks up for fandom underdog Timothy Dalton.

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* On the subject of the Trio, rewatch their argument about different James Bonds. Warren prefers Connery, Creator/SeanConnery, a swaggering "ladies' man" who [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} gets away with sexually assaulting women]]. Jonathan likes Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore - charming, funny, by far the least gritty (something Warren, of course, mocks him for). Andrew, always the most awkward, sticks up for fandom underdog Timothy Dalton.Creator/TimothyDalton.



* Near the end of "The Gift", the first thing Giles asks Ben, very calmly and solicitously, is "Can you move?" He doesn't mean it in the usual sense of "Are you okay?"; what he really wants to know is, "Do I have to restrain you before I [[spoiler:kill you]]?"
* A Meta Example: A common complaint people make about Buffy, and Joss Whedon's work in general, is the tendency to kill off the female cast. If Joss is such a feminist, why does he kill off so many women? Because there's more women then men in most of his works. In most AnyoneCanDie shows and productions, the cast tends to be mostly male, so male characters are the ones that suffer the heaviest losses compared to women. In Buffy and other Joss works, this is inverted. That's also why in ''Firefly'' and ''Serenity'', which have more male characters to female, instead [[spoiler: killed Wash and Book, rather than any of the female characters]], and Avengers, who out of the whole cast of characters only two important characters are women, instead [[spoiler:it's Coulson who bites it.]]

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* Near the end of "The Gift", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E22TheGift}} The Gift]]", the first thing Giles asks Ben, very calmly and solicitously, is "Can you move?" He doesn't mean it in the usual sense of "Are you okay?"; what he really wants to know is, "Do I have to restrain you before I [[spoiler:kill you]]?"
* A Meta Example: A common complaint people make about Buffy, and Joss Whedon's Creator/JossWhedon's work in general, is the tendency to kill off the female cast. If Joss is such a feminist, why does he kill off so many women? Because there's more women then men in most of his works. In most AnyoneCanDie shows and productions, the cast tends to be mostly male, so male characters are the ones that suffer the heaviest losses compared to women. In Buffy and other Joss works, this is inverted. That's also why in ''Firefly'' and ''Serenity'', which have more male characters to female, instead [[spoiler: killed Wash and Book, rather than any of the female characters]], and Avengers, who out of the whole cast of characters only two important characters are women, instead [[spoiler:it's Coulson who bites it.]]



* In the first season episode "Nightmares", Xander's nightmare-made-reality includes swastikas spray-painted on the lockers and school walls. While this could be a fear of evil and hatred in general, it could also be related to his best-friend-since-childhood Willow Rosenberg being Jewish. He's afraid of a world that would hate Willow, who at this point was very much a ShrinkingViolet who had yet to [[TookALevelInBadass learn how to look after herself]].
** Confirmed by the events of [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E11Gingerbread Gingerbread]], in an anti-magic pogrom almost leads to Willow being burned at the stake. Xander is horrified by how Willow is persecuted that whole episode.

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* In the first season episode "Nightmares", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares}} Nightmares]]", Xander's nightmare-made-reality includes swastikas spray-painted on the lockers and school walls. While this could be a fear of evil and hatred in general, it could also be related to his best-friend-since-childhood Willow Rosenberg being Jewish. He's afraid of a world that would hate Willow, who at this point was very much a ShrinkingViolet who had yet to [[TookALevelInBadass learn how to look after herself]].
** Confirmed by the events of [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E11Gingerbread Gingerbread]], "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E11Gingerbread Gingerbread]]", in an anti-magic pogrom almost leads to Willow being burned at the stake. Xander is horrified by how Willow is persecuted that whole episode.



* In ''Some Assembly Required'', Giles mocks American Football (as compared to rugby) and Jenny hits back at him for "dissing [her] country's national pastime". Given that "the national pastime" is almost exclusively applied to baseball, this seems at first like sloppy writing, until it is revealed later in the season that [[spoiler: "Jenny" is actually Janna Kalderash, a daughter of the Romania-based Romani Kalderash clan, sent to Sunnydale to keep watch over Angel - her slight misuse of US sports nomenclature is actually an early slip of the mask.]]

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* In ''Some "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E2SomeAssemblyRequired}} Some Assembly Required'', Required]]", Giles mocks American Football (as compared to rugby) and Jenny hits back at him for "dissing [her] country's national pastime". Given that "the national pastime" is almost exclusively applied to baseball, this seems at first like sloppy writing, until it is revealed later in the season that [[spoiler: "Jenny" is actually Janna Kalderash, a daughter of the Romania-based Romani Kalderash clan, sent to Sunnydale to keep watch over Angel - her slight misuse of US sports nomenclature is actually an early slip of the mask.]]



* Kennedy gets a lot of hate for the way she acts as well as dominating the latter half of the season. The latter is TruthInTelevision as anyone who has been part of group discussion would know, but Kennedy's JerkAss behavior? She was taking her cues from Buffy who was edging closer and closer to DrillSergeantNasty status. Had they had a more CoolTeacher the results may have been very different.

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* Kennedy gets a lot of hate for the way she acts as well as dominating the latter half of the season. The latter is TruthInTelevision as anyone who has been part of group discussion would know, but Kennedy's JerkAss {{Jerkass}} behavior? She was taking her cues from Buffy who was edging closer and closer to DrillSergeantNasty status. Had they had a more CoolTeacher the results may have been very different.



* I did wonder for a while why Xander had went for the tough (or just snarky) girls [[LittleMissBadass Buffy]], [[DarkActionGirl Faith]], [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]], even Kendra, rather than [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Willow]], whose crush was seriously obvious. Then I watched "Hell's Bells" and I figured it out: Xander is horrified at the thought of ending up like his [[DomesticAbuse father]], therefore he [[AmazonChaser actively pursues tough women who can stand up for themselves]]. At the beginning of the series, Willow was a serious [[ShrinkingViolet Shrinking Violet]], therefore he may have subconsciously avoided pursuing anything further than friendship with her. When Season 3 came around, Willow had started [[TookALevelInBadass studying powerful magic]] and Xander recognized that she could now take care of herself. [[YourCheatingHeart It just came around at a bad time.]]
* You may recall Buffy's old friend Ford coming to town and selling out Buffy and a bunch of people to be vampire snacks in exchange for being turned. The whole thing goes south, and Buffy locks Ford in a basement with the vampires. Ford nervously points out that he did his part and it's not his fault the vampires lost control of the situation. Spike acknowledges this while looking like he wants to punish Ford anyway. But then it transpires that he did turn Ford. But then on thinking about it, one realizes that Spike ''did'' screw Ford over; he could have taken Ford's corpse back to their hideout, where he would have risen in safety. Instead, Ford is left to be buried, so Buffy knows exactly where to wait for him. He gets staked in five seconds.

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* I did wonder for a while why Xander had went for the tough (or just snarky) girls [[LittleMissBadass Buffy]], [[DarkActionGirl Faith]], [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]], even Kendra, rather than [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Willow]], whose crush was seriously obvious. Then I watched "Hell's Bells" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E16HellsBells}} Hell's Bells]]" and I figured it out: Xander is horrified at the thought of ending up like his [[DomesticAbuse father]], therefore he [[AmazonChaser actively pursues tough women who can stand up for themselves]]. At the beginning of the series, Willow was a serious [[ShrinkingViolet Shrinking Violet]], therefore he may have subconsciously avoided pursuing anything further than friendship with her. When Season 3 came around, Willow had started [[TookALevelInBadass studying powerful magic]] and Xander recognized that she could now take care of herself. [[YourCheatingHeart It just came around at a bad time.]]
* You may recall "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E7LieToMe}} Lie To Me]]", where Buffy's old friend Ford coming to town and selling out Buffy and a bunch of people to be vampire snacks in exchange for being turned. The whole thing goes south, and Buffy locks Ford in a basement with the vampires. Ford nervously points out that he did his part and it's not his fault the vampires lost control of the situation. Spike acknowledges this while looking like he wants to punish Ford anyway. But then it transpires that he did turn Ford. But then on thinking about it, one realizes that Spike ''did'' screw Ford over; he could have taken Ford's corpse back to their hideout, where he would have risen in safety. Instead, Ford is left to be buried, so Buffy knows exactly where to wait for him. He gets staked in five seconds.



* Buffy's rather {{Anvilicious}} "weak female" persona when she puts on her Halloween costume. Of course it's not meant to be an authentic 18th century noblewoman; she's TheThemeParkVersion of a PrincessClassic.

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* Buffy's rather {{Anvilicious}} "weak female" persona when she puts on her Halloween [[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween}} Halloween]] costume. Of course it's not meant to be an authentic 18th century noblewoman; she's TheThemeParkVersion of a PrincessClassic.



* A better explanation of Warren's continued presence in Season Eight and the First's mimicry of him in Season Seven: he actually died, but Amy was able to bring him back. She's not as powerful as Willow, but Osiris made it easy because he had a grudge against Willow after she hurt him in "Villains", at the end of season six.

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* A better explanation of Warren's continued presence in Season Eight and the First's mimicry of him in Season Seven: he actually died, but Amy was able to bring him back. She's not as powerful as Willow, but Osiris made it easy because he had a grudge against Willow after she hurt him in "Villains", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E20Villains}} Villains]]", at the end of season six.



* Season 3, 'Anne': When Buffy liberates a number of slave laborers from a demon sweatshop that is working them out of their lives and kicking them onto the streets when they are of no further use, she takes some of their tools / weapons in the fracas. The ones she keeps? A [[HammerAndSickle rubber mallet and a sort of sickle-y thing]].
* In [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]], Buffy is flashing between two possible realities: The Buffyverse, where she is the slayer fighting demons and vampires, and an until-now unseen alternate universe where she has been institutionalized due to delusions of fighting demons and vampires. The episode leaves it unclear which (if either) reality is the "real" Buffyverse. Joss Whedon himself has said that [[ShrugOfGod either interpretation is valid]]. The Fridge Brilliance? Of ''course'' either interpretation is valid. In a fictional show, either "reality" is equally real, which is to say, [[BreakingTheFourthWall entirely fictitious]].

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* Season 3, 'Anne': "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E1Anne Anne]]": When Buffy liberates a number of slave laborers from a demon sweatshop that is working them out of their lives and kicking them onto the streets when they are of no further use, she takes some of their tools / weapons in the fracas. The ones she keeps? A [[HammerAndSickle rubber mallet and a sort of sickle-y thing]].
* In [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]], Again]]", Buffy is flashing between two possible realities: The Buffyverse, where she is the slayer fighting demons and vampires, and an until-now unseen alternate universe where she has been institutionalized due to delusions of fighting demons and vampires. The episode leaves it unclear which (if either) reality is the "real" Buffyverse. Joss Whedon himself has said that [[ShrugOfGod either interpretation is valid]]. The Fridge Brilliance? Of ''course'' either interpretation is valid. In a fictional show, either "reality" is equally real, which is to say, [[BreakingTheFourthWall entirely fictitious]].



* In 'Witch' all the way back in season 1, Giles mentions that removing a witch's head undoes all the spells they've cast. So if someone were to decapitate Willow, Buffy would die.

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* In 'Witch' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch}} The Witch]]2 all the way back in season 1, Giles mentions that removing a witch's head undoes all the spells they've cast. So if someone were to decapitate Willow, Buffy would die.



* Also in 'Witch,' the spell used by the evil witch ended up leaving her trapped, conscious and unable to move, inside a cheerleading trophy on display in a school hallway. She presumably either died in that figurine, or worse, never died, living at least until the school is destroyed. Horror indeed.
** In season 4's Doomed, when the Scoobies return to the destroyed school, you can see the statue lying intact on the ground in the burned out hallway... meaning she's probably still there.

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* Also in 'Witch,' ** Also, the spell used by the evil witch ended up leaving her trapped, conscious and unable to move, inside a cheerleading trophy on display in a school hallway. She presumably either died in that figurine, or worse, never died, living at least until the school is destroyed. Horror indeed.
** In season 4's Doomed, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E11Doomed}} Doomed]]", when the Scoobies return to the destroyed school, you can see the statue lying intact on the ground in the burned out hallway... meaning she's probably still there.



* It's made very clear to Warren, Andrew and Jonathan in "Dead Things" that their use of magic to obtain sex with Katrina is just rape. Now, remember those [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench Swedish blonde]] [[TwinThreesomeFantasy twins]] who Jonathan had in his house while under the "Superstar" spell, who asked him if he "was coming to bed..."

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* It's made very clear to Warren, Andrew and Jonathan in "Dead Things" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E13DeadThings}} Dead Things]]" that their use of magic to obtain sex with Katrina is just rape. Now, remember those [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench Swedish blonde]] [[TwinThreesomeFantasy twins]] who Jonathan had in his house while under the "Superstar" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E17Superstar}} Superstar]]" spell, who asked him if he "was coming to bed..."



* In "Empty Places", as the understated beginning of a conversation with the First Evil, Caleb says he's realized that every high school from one end of the country to the other smells exactly the same. If it makes you feel any better, he's only a serial killer, not a rapist.

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* In "Empty Places", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E19EmptyPlaces}} Empty Places]]", as the understated beginning of a conversation with the First Evil, Caleb says he's realized that every high school from one end of the country to the other smells exactly the same. If it makes you feel any better, he's only a serial killer, not a rapist.



*** Spike mentions that humans know as much as they do about fighting vampires thanks to Dracula being an attention whore and [[{{Literature/Dracula}} getting a book written about him]]. Imagine how much worse it was in the old days when "stake through the heart" or "holy water" werern't commonly-known vampire weaknesses.
* When we first meet Whistler, Angel's good demon guide, we find out that Angel has been watching Buffy since she was at her old high school in Los Angeles, an unrevealed amount of time after he regained his soul. Later in a heartfelt moment, he confesses that he loved her from the first moment he saw her, which he explains was back in Los Angeles right before she obtained her powers. Buffy is very moved by this. The {{Squick}} comes in when you realize that Angel, who has been an grown adult for 200 years, "falls for" a fourteen-year old girl. She was still in high school, and he was [[OlderThanDirt Older than her country of birth]]. Or pretty damn close... and also a vampire. With no breath. Or a heartbeat, and so is cold, and you know, a dead body... In the words put in a pseudo-buffy-bashing fic... "Three Words, Buff. Cold. Dead. Seed.".... Excuse me, I need to barf.

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*** Spike mentions that humans know as much as they do about fighting vampires thanks to Dracula being an attention whore {{attention whore}} and [[{{Literature/Dracula}} getting a book written about him]]. Imagine how much worse it was in the old days when "stake through the heart" or "holy water" werern't weren't commonly-known vampire weaknesses.
* When we first meet Whistler, Angel's good demon guide, we find out that Angel has been watching Buffy since she was at her old high school in Los Angeles, an unrevealed amount of time after he regained his soul. Later in a heartfelt moment, he confesses that he loved her from the first moment he saw her, which he explains was back in Los Angeles right before she obtained her powers. Buffy is very moved by this. The {{Squick}} comes in when you realize that Angel, who has been an grown adult for 200 years, "falls for" a fourteen-year old girl. She was still in high school, and he was [[OlderThanDirt Older older than her country of birth]]. Or pretty damn close... and also a vampire. With no breath. Or a heartbeat, and so is cold, and you know, a dead body... In the words put in a pseudo-buffy-bashing fic... "Three Words, Buff. Cold. Dead. Seed.".... Excuse me, I need to barf.



* In the Buffy musical, besides the people bursting into flames, the main problem with the seemingly awesome concept of a demon who makes life into a musical is that people tend to reveal their deepest, darkest secrets through their songs with no control over it. While the non-cast songs we see are mostly innocuous, think about the fact that this happened to an ENTIRE CITY. Even if not everyone did it, a good percentage of people suddenly revealed that they were secret murderers, cheating on their wives, etc. Not all of us have personal lives as convoluted as the Buffy cast, but everyone has something they want to keep hidden. Imagine this happening to you in high school. Or at work! The rest of the season shows us the horrible fallout of the Buffy cast learning those hidden truths--now imagine the hundreds or thousands we didn't see.
** Also regarding the musical episode; the whole thing was Xander's fault. Obviously he didn't mean to cause all those deaths and misery, but he is inadvertently responsible for all of it, and he knows everything that happened because of him. That cannot be easy to live with.

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* In the Buffy musical, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]", besides the people bursting into flames, the main problem with the seemingly awesome concept of a demon who makes life into a musical is that people tend to reveal their deepest, darkest secrets through their songs with no control over it. While the non-cast songs we see are mostly innocuous, think about the fact that this happened to an ENTIRE CITY. Even if not everyone did it, a good percentage of people suddenly revealed that they were secret murderers, cheating on their wives, etc. Not all of us have personal lives as convoluted as the Buffy cast, but everyone has something they want to keep hidden. Imagine this happening to you in high school. Or at work! The rest of the season shows us the horrible fallout of the Buffy cast learning those hidden truths--now imagine the hundreds or thousands we didn't see.
** Also regarding the musical episode; the The whole thing was Xander's fault. Obviously he didn't mean to cause all those deaths and misery, but he is inadvertently responsible for all of it, and he knows everything that happened because of him. That cannot be easy to live with.



* Buffy's experience with Parker in Season Four just seems like a mundanely unpleasant experience... until you go back and watch "Innocence" again and see how similar Parker's rejection of her after their one-night stand is to the way Angelus toys with her after their first time, taunting her about how it was good but nothing special, expressing surprise that it meant more to her than it did to him, etc. Just think about all the unpleasant, deeply traumatic memories that must have been brought up for Buffy.
* Think about the first episode of Season 6. Giles leaves for England, and then that night the Scoobies are attacked by the Hellions, who are obviously planning on raping Willow, Tara and Anya (and would have if Buffy had not intervened). Now for them, that is straight up nightmare fuel, but imagine Giles hearing about the rape and possible death of his friends that he might have been able to avert, while he himself is in England by choice.
* In season 6, Xander is the most upset with Spike's AttemptedRape of Buffy. This would just be Xander's concern for his best friend, but it becomes fridge horror when you remember the season 3 episode Consequences in which Faith attempted to rape ''and murder'' him.
** The horror gets deeper (and makes even more sense) when you recall that early in the Season 1 episode The Pack Xander was possessed by a hyena spirit and tried to rape Buffy. Part of his rage at Spike is actually repressed rage at himself because he never faced any consequences for that action.

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* Buffy's experience with Parker in Season Four just seems like a mundanely unpleasant experience... until you go back and watch "Innocence" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E14Innocence}} Innocence]]" again and see how similar Parker's rejection of her after their one-night stand is to the way Angelus toys with her after their first time, taunting her about how it was good but nothing special, expressing surprise that it meant more to her than it did to him, etc. Just think about all the unpleasant, deeply traumatic memories that must have been brought up for Buffy.
* Think about the first episode of Season 6."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E1BargainingPart1}} Bargaining, Part 1]]". Giles leaves for England, and then that night the Scoobies are attacked by the Hellions, who are obviously planning on raping Willow, Tara and Anya (and would have if Buffy had not intervened). Now for them, that is straight up nightmare fuel, {{nightmare fuel}}, but imagine Giles hearing about the rape and possible death of his friends that he might have been able to avert, while he himself is in England by choice.
* In season 6, Xander is the most upset with Spike's AttemptedRape of Buffy. This would just be Xander's concern for his best friend, but it becomes fridge horror when you remember the season 3 episode Consequences "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences}} Consequences]]" in which Faith attempted to rape ''and murder'' him.
** The horror gets deeper (and makes even more sense) when you recall that early in the Season 1 episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack}} The Pack Pack]]" Xander was possessed by a hyena spirit and tried to rape Buffy. Part of his rage at Spike is actually repressed rage at himself because he never faced any consequences for that action.



* After Faith's FaceHeelTurn, Mayor Wilkins basically becomes her substitute father. Then in ''Enemies'', Faith tries to seduce Angel in order to make him turn evil. Afterward, she goes back to the Mayor, sad because she failed. The Mayor acts all motivational, telling her to try again. The conversation pretty much implies that the Mayor was the one who made her do it. In other words, he took in a seventeen-year-old girl, set himself up as a father figure, then ordered her to go have sex with a guy who's 242 years old.
* During Buffy's stay in LA in the episode Anne, someone tells her this about LA - "This isn't a good place for a kid to be. You get old fast here. The thing that does it, that drains the life out of them: despair. Kids come here, they got nothing to go home to and this is the last stop for a lot of them. Shouldn't have to be that way." A description which perfectly matches and foreshadows....Cordelia Chase. Barring the despair, a lot of this is true for her journey in LA. She has no home in Sunnydale after her parents lose all their money, she's living in a horrible apartment as her last stop, she is forced to grow up because of the trauma of life in Angel Investigations, her brain starts to deteriorate because of her visions, literally getting old fast and even becoming a demon doesnt help because she still dies regardless.
* The brief bit with the Warrenbot in ''Villains'' became just slightly more unsettling after I thought about it for a while: the Scoobies' treatment of Buffybot raised the WhatMeasureIsANonHuman thing enough, but Warren created an arguably sentient being specifically ''for'' the purposes of being a decoy that would most likely get destroyed within moments of its existence...at least, since we never heard anything about there being a Warrenbot before, I assume he either put it together really quickly while on the run, or else was CrazyPrepared enough to just have an already completed but not activated robot double hidden someplace in case of emergency.

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* After Faith's FaceHeelTurn, Mayor Wilkins basically becomes her substitute father. Then in ''Enemies'', "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E17Enemies}} Enemies]]", Faith tries to seduce Angel in order to make him turn evil. Afterward, she goes back to the Mayor, sad because she failed. The Mayor acts all motivational, telling her to try again. The conversation pretty much implies that the Mayor was the one who made her do it. In other words, he took in a seventeen-year-old girl, set himself up as a father figure, then ordered her to go have sex with a guy who's 242 years old.
* During Buffy's stay in LA in the episode Anne, "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E1Anne Anne]]", someone tells her this about LA - "This isn't a good place for a kid to be. You get old fast here. The thing that does it, that drains the life out of them: despair. Kids come here, they got nothing to go home to and this is the last stop for a lot of them. Shouldn't have to be that way." A description which perfectly matches and foreshadows....Cordelia Chase. Barring the despair, a lot of this is true for her journey in LA. She has no home in Sunnydale after her parents lose all their money, she's living in a horrible apartment as her last stop, she is forced to grow up because of the trauma of life in Angel Investigations, her brain starts to deteriorate because of her visions, literally getting old fast and even becoming a demon doesnt help because she still dies regardless.
* The brief bit with the Warrenbot in ''Villains'' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E20Villains}} Villains]]" became just slightly more unsettling after I thought about it for a while: the Scoobies' treatment of Buffybot raised the WhatMeasureIsANonHuman thing enough, but Warren created an arguably sentient being specifically ''for'' the purposes of being a decoy that would most likely get destroyed within moments of its existence...at least, since we never heard anything about there being a Warrenbot before, I assume he either put it together really quickly while on the run, or else was CrazyPrepared enough to just have an already completed but not activated robot double hidden someplace in case of emergency.



* As shown in "The Body", Anya's been a demon so long that she doesn't really understand death any more. She doesn't understand why Joyce died, and why she's no longer with them. Now think of all the men that she's killed. Hell, she basically caused the Russian Revolution. Anya's probably just realizing how many people she's killed and maimed over the years, and how many families and lives that she's destroyed. It's touched upon a bit in the season 7 episode "Selfless", but still, she's killed so many people and is only just realizing now what death really is.

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* As shown in "The Body", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]", Anya's been a demon so long that she doesn't really understand death any more. She doesn't understand why Joyce died, and why she's no longer with them. Now think of all the men that she's killed. Hell, she basically caused the Russian Revolution. Anya's probably just realizing how many people she's killed and maimed over the years, and how many families and lives that she's destroyed. It's touched upon a bit in the season 7 episode "Selfless", but still, she's killed so many people and is only just realizing now what death really is.



* In "New Moon Rising" a scientist tells Riley that Oz won't be able to speak for a while because they gave him Haldol "to keep him quiet". Oz, who is TheStoic and TheQuietOne, had to be put under heavy medication ''to keep him quiet''. Really makes you wonder what exactly The Initiative did to him before being StrappedToAnOperatingTable...
* Also from "New Moon Rising", Oz claims that jealousy over Willow is the only thing that can make him shift any more. But we see him shift involuntarily while the Initiative are torturing him. So presumably, although he doesn't realise it, if anybody randomly assaulted him, he'd shift and rip them apart. And possibly innocent people who crossed his path before he cooled down.

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* In "New "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E19NewMoonRising}} New Moon Rising" Rising]]" a scientist tells Riley that Oz won't be able to speak for a while because they gave him Haldol "to keep him quiet". Oz, who is TheStoic and TheQuietOne, had to be put under heavy medication ''to keep him quiet''. Really makes you wonder what exactly The Initiative did to him before being StrappedToAnOperatingTable...
* Also from "New Moon Rising", ** Oz claims that jealousy over Willow is the only thing that can make him shift any more. But we see him shift involuntarily while the Initiative are torturing him. So presumably, although he doesn't realise it, if anybody randomly assaulted him, he'd shift and rip them apart. And possibly innocent people who crossed his path before he cooled down.



** The original Wish episode appeared to end with that universe ceasing to exist completely. The Fridge Horror was invoked by Doppelgangland indicating it was still there as a CrapsackWorld AlternateUniverse.
** Not necessarily, the spell in Dopplegangland was designed to retrieve the amulet from the TIME and place when it was lost. Whether or not the Wishverse still existed, the amulet couldn't be retrieved from the Wishverse in the present since the amulet had already been destroyed. It had to be retrieved from the time before it was destroyed. Instead, they got Vampire Willow before she was killed (which she was at the end of the original episode at the same time the amulet was destroyed). That's also why when she was sent back, she wasn't sent back to the Wishverse after the amulet's destruction, she was sent back to the time she left which was seconds before the amulet was destroyed. In other words, there were no scenes in Dopplegangland which showed the Wishverse as still existing after the destruction of the amulet and so nothing that would contradict the idea that the universe did cease to exist.

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** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish}} The original Wish episode Wish]]" appeared to end with that universe ceasing to exist completely. The Fridge Horror was invoked by Doppelgangland indicating it was still there as a CrapsackWorld AlternateUniverse.
** Not necessarily, the spell in Dopplegangland "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E16Doppelgangland}} Doppelgangland]]" was designed to retrieve the amulet from the TIME and place when it was lost. Whether or not the Wishverse still existed, the amulet couldn't be retrieved from the Wishverse in the present since the amulet had already been destroyed. It had to be retrieved from the time before it was destroyed. Instead, they got Vampire Willow before she was killed (which she was at the end of the original episode at the same time the amulet was destroyed). That's also why when she was sent back, she wasn't sent back to the Wishverse after the amulet's destruction, she was sent back to the time she left which was seconds before the amulet was destroyed. In other words, there were no scenes in Dopplegangland which showed the Wishverse as still existing after the destruction of the amulet and so nothing that would contradict the idea that the universe did cease to exist.



* It's mentioned that Xander's parents are so bad on Christmas that he camps outside, even after learning about all the horrors that go bump in the night. Just how horrible are his parents that he'll take possible death over dealing with them?

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* It's mentioned in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E10Amends}} Amends]]" that Xander's parents are so bad on Christmas that he camps outside, even after learning about all the horrors that go bump in the night. Just how horrible are his parents that he'll take possible death over dealing with them?



* In Consequences, Giles mentions that Faith's killing of the Deputy Mayor is not the first time civilians were collateral damage in a Slayer's battle. Let that sink in

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* In Consequences, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences}} Consequences]]", Giles mentions that Faith's killing of the Deputy Mayor is not the first time civilians were collateral damage in a Slayer's battle. Let that sink in



* How the hell was Jonathan planning to commit suicide without killing anybody else (thus ruling out suicide-by-cop) with a ''high-powered rifle?!''

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* "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerSE19Earshot Earshot]]": How the hell was Jonathan planning to commit suicide without killing anybody else (thus ruling out suicide-by-cop) with a ''high-powered rifle?!''



* Willow spends several seasons trying to figure out the spell to de-rat Amy. However, in Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Giles assists Amy in casting the spell to de-rat Buffy. Wouldn't he have remembered it, or at least remembered what book she was reading from? And surely in all that time Willow would have thought to ask Giles for help?

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* Willow spends several seasons trying to figure out the spell to de-rat Amy. However, in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E16BewitchedBotheredAndBewildered}} Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Bewildered]]", Giles assists Amy in casting the spell to de-rat Buffy. Wouldn't he have remembered it, or at least remembered what book she was reading from? And surely in all that time Willow would have thought to ask Giles for help?



** Always figured Buffys' replacement got called somewhere in the back end of China or DPRK or Myanmar or somewhere not speaking to the rest of the world. However, it seems the accepted logic is that the next slayer would be called after Faith bought it, as she was the last to recieve the slayer baton before someone phreaked the Call-box to call everybody at onv

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** Always figured Buffys' replacement got called somewhere in the back end of China or DPRK or Myanmar or somewhere not speaking to the rest of the world. However, it seems the accepted logic is that the next slayer would be called after Faith bought it, as she was the last to recieve receive the slayer baton before someone phreaked the Call-box to call everybody at onv



* In "Prophecy Girl" Xander has to perform CPR on Buffy because Angel, who got to her first, has no breath, quoteunquote. If that's so, how the hell is he able to speak? If you think about it, a vampire should be the ideal resuscitator because the air they blow out would have the exact same oxygen content as the air they take in, and they'd never get tired or hyperventilate. (You could maaaybe argue that vampire lungs/diaphragm shrivel from neglect, giving enough breath for speaking but not for mouth-to-mouth, but it's obviously a slip by the writers.)

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* In "Prophecy Girl" "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl Prophecy Girl]]" Xander has to perform CPR on Buffy because Angel, who got to her first, has no breath, quoteunquote. If that's so, how the hell is he able to speak? If you think about it, a vampire should be the ideal resuscitator because the air they blow out would have the exact same oxygen content as the air they take in, and they'd never get tired or hyperventilate. (You could maaaybe argue that vampire lungs/diaphragm shrivel from neglect, giving enough breath for speaking but not for mouth-to-mouth, but it's obviously a slip by the writers.)
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***Actually, Doyle is explaining why it's not safe for Cordelia to return to her apartment. Doyle's apartment is safe simply because Spike doesn't know him.
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* Modern demons aren't pure demons but are the result of generations of interbreeding with humans. First of all, consider the fact that even in their modern impure form some demons have been described as having certain "anatomical incompatibilities" with humans but their even more demonic ancestors still must have bred with humans anyway to get to where they are. Second, consider what a pure demon looks like and the fact that at some point demons like that must have bred with human beings in order to get lesser demons.
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** As for the name "Buffy", it takes on the meaning of "rebuffing" something, in this case the forces of evil. Originally, the name "Buffy" was born as a nickname by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (The Queen Mother), because she called herself "Elizabuff" as a little girl. The name "Elizabeth" is hebrew as well, interpreted as "God is complete" (on a more meta note, Buffy is sometimes called by her supposed full name "Elizabeth Anne Summers" in fanfic - and another possible actor to play the role was Elizabeth Anne Allen). To complete this fridge: Sarah Michelle Gellar herself is of Hungarian-Jewish descent.
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** Also regarding the musical episode; the whole thing was Xander's fault. Obviously he didn't mean to cause all those deaths and misery, but he is inadvertently responsible for all of it, and he knows everything that happened because of him. That cannot be easy to live with.
24th Oct '17 5:12:42 PM LongLiveHumour
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** Well the key was originally a ball of energy - so presumably just flinging the ball in the right direction would have opened the key. The monks made it human because Glory wouldn't suspect it. From what I remember, they don't find out it's a person until Ben lets slip "I would never let her harm an innocent-". And really, let's be honest: you're a Hell God looking for a ball of energy that the monks have hidden somewhere. Are you really going to expect it to be a teenage girl of all things? From what I gather of the ritual, the key was something that needed to be sacrificed. Once the portal was open, Glory would go through and it would close once the energy had destroyed the key. So with the key being human, Dawn's blood opened the portal and it wouldn't close until she died. Since Glory found out that the key was human about halfway through the season, she had plenty of time to adjust the ritual to accommodate a human sacrifice.

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** Well the key was originally a ball of energy - so presumably just flinging the ball in the right direction would have opened the key. The monks made it human because Glory wouldn't suspect it. From what I remember, they don't find out it's a person until Ben lets slip "I would never let her harm an innocent-". And really, let's be honest: you're a Hell God looking for a ball of energy that the monks have hidden somewhere. Are you really going to expect it to be a teenage girl of all things? From what I gather of the ritual, the key was something that needed to be sacrificed. Once the portal was open, Glory would go through and it would close once the energy had destroyed the key. So with the key being human, Dawn's blood opened the portal and it wouldn't close until she died. Since Glory found out that the key was human about halfway through the season, she had plenty of time to adjust the ritual to accommodate a human sacrifice.sacrifice.
* In "Prophecy Girl" Xander has to perform CPR on Buffy because Angel, who got to her first, has no breath, quoteunquote. If that's so, how the hell is he able to speak? If you think about it, a vampire should be the ideal resuscitator because the air they blow out would have the exact same oxygen content as the air they take in, and they'd never get tired or hyperventilate. (You could maaaybe argue that vampire lungs/diaphragm shrivel from neglect, giving enough breath for speaking but not for mouth-to-mouth, but it's obviously a slip by the writers.)
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* In ''Some Assembly Required'', Giles mocks American Football (as compared to rugby) and Jenny hits back at him for "dissing [her] country's national pastime". Given that "the national pastime" is almost exclusively applied to baseball, this seems at first like sloppy writing, until it is revealed later in the season that [[spoiler: "Jenny" is actually Janna Kalderash, a daughter of the Romania-based gypsy clan Kalderash, sent to Sunnydale to keep watch over Angel - her slight misuse of US sports nomenclature is actually an early slip of the mask.]]

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* In ''Some Assembly Required'', Giles mocks American Football (as compared to rugby) and Jenny hits back at him for "dissing [her] country's national pastime". Given that "the national pastime" is almost exclusively applied to baseball, this seems at first like sloppy writing, until it is revealed later in the season that [[spoiler: "Jenny" is actually Janna Kalderash, a daughter of the Romania-based gypsy clan Kalderash, Romani Kalderash clan, sent to Sunnydale to keep watch over Angel - her slight misuse of US sports nomenclature is actually an early slip of the mask.]]
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* In [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain Normal Again]], Buffy is flashing between two possible realities: The Buffyverse, where she is the slayer fighting demons and vampires, and an until-now unseen alternate universe where she has been institutionalized due to delusions of fighting demons and vampires. The episode leaves it unclear which (if either) reality is the "real" Buffyverse. Joss Whedon himself has said that [[ShrugOfGod either interpretation is valid]]. The Fridge Brilliance? Of ''course'' either interpretation is valid. In a fictional show, either "reality" is equally real, which is to say, [[BreakingTheFourthWall entirely fictitious]].
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