History Recap / BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish

2nd May '18 6:47:36 AM LondonKdS
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* {{Homage}}: The episode has extremely strong similarities to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Inferno", in which the Third Doctor accidentally travels to a MirrorUniverse:
** Xander and Willow go from relatively innocent, cute characters to sadistically villainous torturers and actual monsters, like Mirror!Benton.
** Buffy turns up as a facially-scarred, cold, and much more pessimistic version of herself, like Mirror!Brigadier.
** Giles is a hopeless character who finally finds hope and acts to restore the situation, despite his own imminent death, like Mirror!Liz.
** Both stories end with all the mirror characters dying horribly, thanks to something that was or will be averted in the main universe.
9th Apr '18 6:35:41 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ResetButton: Wishverse Giles undoes Cordelia's wish by smashing Anyanka's amulet. Everything is back to normal -- except for Anyanka, who is made human.

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* ResetButton: Wishverse Cordelia makes a wish that propels the show into an AlternateUniverse where the vampires have their run of Sunnydale. At the end, Giles undoes Cordelia's wish by smashing Anyanka's amulet. Everything destroys the MacGuffin that allowed the demon Anyanka to do this. The only character who remembers anything is Anyanka herself, who becomes human due to the destruction of said MacGuffin. [[spoiler:Although in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E16Doppelgangland}} Doppelgangland]]" the events of this episode manage to come back to normal -- except for Anyanka, who is made human.and bite the characters in the ass one last time.]]
** And if Vamp Willow had her way, there would most likely be some literal ass-biting, most likely with herself.
23rd Mar '18 10:40:29 AM AmuckCricetine
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* BoundAndGagged



* BreakupBonfire: Cordelia cuts up Xander's stuff and burns his picture.



* BurnBabyBurn / BreakupBonfire: Cordelia sitting on her bed with the lights very low, taking a pair of scissors to a photo of herself, Xander, and the Scoobies wth a pair of scissors. In the background, her answering machine plays back about a hundred calls from Xander. Cordy shreds the photo, but saves Xander's face for last. Uh oh. She strikes a match and sets Xander's image on fire.

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* BurnBabyBurn / BreakupBonfire: BurnBabyBurn: Cordelia sitting on her bed with the lights very low, taking a pair of scissors to a photo of herself, Xander, and the Scoobies wth a pair of scissors. In the background, her answering machine plays back about a hundred calls from Xander. Cordy shreds the photo, but saves Xander's face for last. Uh oh. She strikes a match and sets Xander's image on fire.



* CoDragons / UnholyMatrimony: Giles describes Xander and Willow as "the Master's most vicious disciples." They have somehow replaced Luke and Darla in this timeline.

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* CoDragons / UnholyMatrimony: CoDragons: Giles describes Xander and Willow as "the Master's most vicious disciples." They have somehow replaced Luke and Darla in this timeline.



* ContinuityNod / FridgeBrilliance: Even in the alternate reality, the prophecy contained in the ''Pergamum Codex'' comes to pass: "The Master will rise and the Slayer will die."

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* ContinuityNod / FridgeBrilliance: ContinuityNod: Even in the alternate reality, the prophecy contained in the ''Pergamum Codex'' comes to pass: "The Master will rise and the Slayer will die."



* DeathIsDramatic / SlowMotionFall
* DeathMontage
* DeathSeeker: In the Season 5 episode "Fool for Love" Spike will declare that every Slayer has an innate deathwish, and that it is only Buffy's friends and family that prevent her falling victim to it. The Wishverse!Buffy is this trope to a T -- deprived of anything to fight for or live for, she is just an emotionless killing machine waiting for the moment when it all ends.

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* DeathIsDramatic / SlowMotionFall
* DeathMontage
DeathMontage: Oz stakes Willow, Angel gets staked by Xander, Buffy stakes Xander, and then the Master kills Buffy. Then the wish is reversed and the audience suffers MoodWhiplash.
* DeathSeeker: In the Season 5 episode "Fool for Love" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E7FoolForLove}} Fool For Love]]" Spike will declare that every Slayer has an innate deathwish, and that it is only Buffy's friends and family that prevent her falling victim to it. The Wishverse!Buffy is this trope to a T -- deprived of anything to fight for or live for, she is just an emotionless killing machine waiting for the moment when it all ends.



* DramaticUnmask



* FakeOutMakeOut / OperationJealousy: Deconstructed. Cordy, spying Xander down the hall, immediately grabs some jock's attention and asks if she has something stuck in her teeth. From Xander's viewpoint, it looks like they're making out, and he dejectedly walks away. Back on Cordy's end, the jock tells her he can't be seen with "Xander Harris's cast-off," but if she wants to go someplace private... the implication being that he wouldn't be averse to bumping uglies in secret. Cordy is stunned, and the jock leaves.



* HeroBall / TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: Xander and Willow duping Giles with a distracting noise, prompting him to scurry into his book cage looking for weapons. The door locks behind him, revealing Willow holding a key. Looking for ''this''?

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* HeroBall / TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: HeroBall[=/=]TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: Xander and Willow duping Giles with a distracting noise, prompting him to scurry into his book cage looking for weapons. The door locks behind him, revealing Willow holding a key. Looking for ''this''?



* HumanShield / BadBoss: The Master raises his glass of blood and toasts the future. As everyone echoes the toast, Buffy raises her crossbow [[OneHandedIsCool with one hand]] and fires at him. Instantly, the Master yanks Xander in front of him, and the bolt hits Xander's shoulder.
* HumanityEnsues

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* HumanShield / BadBoss: HumanShield: The Master raises his glass of blood and toasts the future. As everyone echoes the toast, Buffy raises her crossbow [[OneHandedIsCool with one hand]] and fires at him. Instantly, the Master yanks Xander in front of him, and the bolt hits Xander's shoulder.
* HumanityEnsues
shoulder.



* KnightInSourArmor: Wishverse Buffy

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* KnightInSourArmor: Wishverse BuffyBuffy.



* OperationJealousy: Cordelia pulls a few minor examples on Xander.

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* OperationJealousy: Cordelia pulls a few minor examples Deconstructed. Cordy, spying Xander down the hall, immediately grabs some jock's attention and asks if she has something stuck in her teeth. From Xander's viewpoint, it looks like they're making out, and he dejectedly walks away. Back on Xander.Cordy's end, the jock tells her he can't be seen with "Xander Harris's cast-off," but if she wants to go someplace private... the implication being that he wouldn't be averse to bumping uglies in secret. Cordy is stunned, and the jock leaves.



* RitualMagic



* UnholyMatrimony: Vampire Willow and Vampire Xander, much to Cordelia's exasperation. Besides killing people, their relationship involves Xander watching Willow brutally torture people.



* WholePlotReference: The story shows considerable plot and characterisation similarities to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' MirrorUniverse story "Inferno". Xander's transformation from gentle heart of the group to sadistic lackey is similar to that of Benton in "Inferno", the defeated Giles who eventually chooses hope at a key point is similar to Section-Leader Liz Shaw, the cold, scarred Buffy is similar to the evil Brigade-Leader, and in both stories the plot in the Mirror Universe ends grimly with the deaths of all of the alternate regular characters, whether good or evil.

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* WholePlotReference: The story shows considerable plot and characterisation similarities to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' MirrorUniverse story "Inferno"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E4Inferno Inferno]]". Xander's transformation from gentle heart of the group to sadistic lackey is similar to that of Benton in "Inferno", the defeated Giles who eventually chooses hope at a key point is similar to Section-Leader Liz Shaw, the cold, scarred Buffy is similar to the evil Brigade-Leader, and in both stories the plot in the Mirror Universe ends grimly with the deaths of all of the alternate regular characters, whether good or evil.
23rd Mar '18 10:05:31 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AlternateRealityEpisode: A truly dark one.

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* AlternateRealityEpisode: A truly dark one.Played ''terrifyingly''. Cordelia, bitter over her failed relationship with Xander, makes an idle wish that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, believing that her [[AlphaBitch popular status]] would still be intact if she had never gotten involved in the Scoobies' affairs; unfortunately, she speaks in front of a disguised vengeance demon who [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grants her wish to the letter]]. Cordelia is tossed into a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] alternate universe where the Sunnydale population is a tenth of what it was, due to unchecked vampire attacks, due in turn to the Master having ascended a year and a half before without Buffy there to stop him. Cordelia is killed by evil vampire versions of Willow and Xander, Giles and Oz are trapped in thankless work as desperately outnumbered vigilantes attempting to do what they can to restore some semblance of safety to the community, Angel is kept in a cage with the Master's minions allowed to torture him for fun, and Buffy eventually makes an appearance as a hardened, pitiless rogue Slayer who has gone off the deep end without her friends' humanizing influence. The episode ends with a vicious FinalBattle in which the entire main cast kills each other; Giles' last-minute actions save the day and propel everyone back into their proper reality, but it's still incredibly frightening.



* BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch



* CrapsackWorld: Cordelia gets transported to an alternate universe where Buffy never came to Sunnydale. The normal Sunnydale is no picnic either, but it was preferable to this.



* MoodWhiplash: The alternate Sunnydale is ruled by vampires, the Master's still alive and kicking and now factory processing humans, and just about every main character dies. And then Giles undoes the wish and we're back to Cordelia, who'd died around the halfway point and was the one who made the wish, gleefully rattling off a series of wishes of what horrible fate should fall on Buffy, Xander, and Willow, and eventually all men while Buffy, Xander, and Willow cheerfully chat in the sunlight.



* NoOntologicalInertia: Played straight. When Giles (in a dystopian alternate timeline) smashes Anyanka's amulet, history is restored. It makes some sense, given that the spell was itself retroactive, but events early in season 7 may still lead one to question the logic.



* RescueIntroduction / ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind / BattleDiscretionShot: Once Giles is [[DoorSlamsYou struck by the van door]], two vamps set upon him, but we hear another vamp combust off-screen. Yet another vamp goes flying into the picture, and the two holding Giles rush into the fray. A little more off-screen-fu, and it's just Giles lying on the ground. He looks up to see a radically different, war-torn Buffy glowering down at him.

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* RescueIntroduction / ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind / BattleDiscretionShot: RescueIntroduction[=/=]ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind[=/=]BattleDiscretionShot: Once Giles is [[DoorSlamsYou struck by the van door]], two vamps set upon him, but we hear another vamp combust off-screen. Yet another vamp goes flying into the picture, and the two holding Giles rush into the fray. A little more off-screen-fu, and it's just Giles lying on the ground. He looks up to see a radically different, war-torn Buffy glowering down at him.


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* TheTimeTravellersDilemma: Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, which transforms the city into a VillainWorld. Giles, Oz, and a few other people have banded together to fight the vampires, and when Giles learns about Cordelia's wish and discovers the cure (which involves destroying the wish-giving demon's enchanted amulet) the ragtag gang infiltrate the Master's lair to do so. A version of Buffy eventually shows up and they attack together. By the time Giles manages to destroy the ring every other main character who wasn't already dead is, including Buffy who gets offed by the Master himself. Then Giles smashes the amulet and the world returns to normal.
-->'''Anayanka:''' You trusting fool! How do you know the other world is any better than this?\\
'''Giles:''' Because it has to be. (''smashes amulet'')
24th Feb '18 11:03:39 AM nombretomado
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* {{Retcon}}: Giles claims that destroying Anya's power center would reverse all of the wishes she fulfilled . However, later episodes clearly contradict this, including "Selfless", where we learn that she was partly responsible for [[RomanovsAndRevolutions the 1905 Revolution]], and "Hell's Bells", where one of her [[spoiler:former victims returns to ruin her wedding]].

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* {{Retcon}}: Giles claims that destroying Anya's power center would reverse all of the wishes she fulfilled . However, later episodes clearly contradict this, including "Selfless", where we learn that she was partly responsible for [[RomanovsAndRevolutions [[UsefulNotes/RomanovsAndRevolutions the 1905 Revolution]], and "Hell's Bells", where one of her [[spoiler:former victims returns to ruin her wedding]].
16th Feb '18 1:27:40 PM Krendall
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* JackassGenie: Despite later claims of being a righteous avenger of WomanScorned, Anyanka openly delights in the more terrible alternate reality she's created.

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* JackassGenie: Despite later claims of being a righteous avenger of WomanScorned, Anyanka openly delights in the more terrible alternate reality she's created. Hell, since Buffy does show up in Sunnydale later in the episode, she technically didn't even fulfill the wish asked of her.
2nd Sep '17 10:40:29 AM GrammarNavi
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* BastardGirlfriend: [[AlysonHannigan Willow.]] As a [[VampiresAreSexGods vampire.]] Dressed in [[{{Dominatrix}} [=BDSM=] leather.]] Here the trope is outright played for horror, with the scene with her prisoner - or ''puppy'' - terrifying, sexually-charged and full of {{Squick}}.

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* BastardGirlfriend: [[AlysonHannigan [[Creator/AlysonHannigan Willow.]] As a [[VampiresAreSexGods vampire.]] Dressed in [[{{Dominatrix}} [=BDSM=] leather.]] Here the trope is outright played for horror, with the scene with her prisoner - or ''puppy'' - terrifying, sexually-charged and full of {{Squick}}.
5th May '17 12:17:00 PM RossN
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** Vamp!Willow who will later be practically the poster girl for DepravedBisexual (and in her second and last appearance foreshadows regular Willow's sexuality) here displays zero interest in women other than as a meal, even immediately draining dry an attractive young woman the Master throws her way rather than bothering to play with her food. In contrast she is in a relationship with Vamp!Xander, gets a sadistic sexual thrill from torturing Angel and even paws a random soon to be victim as he is locked up in a cage.
2nd May '17 6:17:29 PM GuardianEnigma
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* StrawNilhilist: Wishverse Buffy has developed a fatalistic and grim personality (similar to Faith, but without the perky exterior and the flirty behavior), shunning friends or family, living only to slay.

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* StrawNilhilist: StrawNihilist: Wishverse Buffy has developed a fatalistic and grim personality (similar to Faith, but without the perky exterior and the flirty behavior), shunning friends or family, living only to slay.
15th Mar '17 6:11:30 PM JackG
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* ActionFashionista: Averted; Wishverse!Buffy wears combat boots, cargo pants and a grey tank top. As bright clothes are said to attract vampires, clearly she no longer bothers with TheBait as a tactic, presumably because the situation is so dire she doesn't have to lure them out.

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* ActionFashionista: Averted; Wishverse!Buffy wears [[BootsOfToughness combat boots, boots]], cargo pants and a grey tank top. As bright clothes are said to attract vampires, clearly she no longer bothers with TheBait as a tactic, presumably because the situation is so dire she doesn't have to lure them out.
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