History Recap / BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E5Selfless

18th Feb '18 6:22:25 AM JackG
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!!This episode has the following tropes:



* CallBack: To "Fool for Love" -- a socially inept person becomes a demon in a moment of emotional pain, reinvents their image to strike out at what hurt them, eventually surpassing a mentor in their enthusiasm.
** Don't forget that Cecily/Halfrek was heavily involved in both cases.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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To "Fool for Love" -- a socially inept person becomes a demon in a moment of emotional pain, reinvents their image to strike out at what hurt them, eventually surpassing a mentor in their enthusiasm.
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enthusiasm (don't forget that Cecily/Halfrek was heavily involved in both cases.cases).


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** Buffy brings up the events of "Becoming", notably her killing Angel and Xander urging her to do it, allegedly at the behest of Willow. Ironically Willow's denial appears to pass under Buffy's radar.
3rd Dec '17 11:52:31 PM Nintendoman01
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* BeingEvilSucks

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* BeingEvilSucksBeingEvilSucks: Having been human for so long, Anya takes no pleasure in granting the wish at the frat party and is left traumatized.


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* LoveMakesYouDumb: Buffy believes that Xander's lingering feelings toward Anya are clouding his better judgement.
-->'''Xander''': Buffy, I still love her.\\
'''Buffy''': I know. And that's why you can't see this for what it really is.


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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: When Willow confesses that Anya killed the frat boys, Buffy [[MurderIsTheBestSolution automatically decides that she has no choice but to slay Anya]]. When Xander calls her on it, reminding her that Anya is their friend and they should help her and reason her like they did Dark Willow, Buffy shoots that possibility down, stating that it's not the same thing because Willow is human and Anya is a demon.
22nd Oct '17 11:54:43 PM NervousShark
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The girl who was pranked at the frat party and Anya end up [[{{Understatement}} less than satisfied]] with the outcome of their various wishes. The whole point of vengeance demons, of course, is to either convert the WomanScorned into an unfeeling and monstrously inhuman dispenser of cruelty or to answer the spurned woman's wish in a way that they really, ''really'' end up regretting. [[AnAesop Don't give in to vengeance so quickly, kids.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The girl who was pranked at the frat party and Anya end up [[{{Understatement}} less than satisfied]] satisfied with the outcome of their various wishes. The whole point of vengeance demons, of course, is to either convert the WomanScorned into an unfeeling and monstrously inhuman dispenser of cruelty or to answer the spurned woman's wish in a way that they really, ''really'' end up regretting. [[AnAesop Don't give in to vengeance so quickly, kids.]]
7th May '17 12:15:09 AM JackG
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* DealWithTheDevil: Aud/Anya with D'Hoffryn, twice. First in flashback, when she gave up her humanity to serve him as a vengeance demon in the first place. Second in the episode itself, when she offers him her life to resurrect the people she's killed. [[spoiler: Subverted in the second deal when he takes Halfrek's life instead.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: Aud/Anya with D'Hoffryn, twice. First in flashback, when she gave up her humanity to serve him as a vengeance demon in the first place. Second in the episode itself, when she offers him her life to resurrect the people she's killed. [[spoiler: Subverted in the second deal when he takes Halfrek's life instead.]]



* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Anya begs the demon D'Hoffryn to revive the people she's slaughtered, and even agrees to sacrifice herself for it when he tells her that will require the life and soul of a vengeance demon. There is protest by Anya's friends, teary goodbyes and a lot of drama; right up until the point D'Hoffryn summons Anya's best friend Halfrek, also a vengeance demon, and immolates her right in front of everyone.]]

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* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Anya Anya begs the demon D'Hoffryn to revive the people she's slaughtered, and even agrees to sacrifice herself for it when he tells her that will require the life and soul of a vengeance demon. There is protest by Anya's friends, teary goodbyes and a lot of drama; right up until the point D'Hoffryn summons Anya's best friend Halfrek, also a vengeance demon, and immolates her right in front of everyone.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The difference between what a WomanScorned wants and what a vengeance demon gives them [[spoiler:means Anya should have known D'Hoffryn wouldn't kill her.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The difference between what a WomanScorned wants and what a vengeance demon gives them [[spoiler:means means Anya should have known D'Hoffryn wouldn't kill her.]]



* [[spoiler:IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure]]

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* [[spoiler:IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure]]IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Justified as D'Hoffryn is a vengeance demon. Inflicting emotional pain is what he's all about.



* TechnicolorDeath: [[spoiler:Halfrek's death.]]

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* TechnicolorDeath: [[spoiler:Halfrek's Halfrek's death.]]



* VillainsDyingGrace: [[spoiler:D'Hoffyrn leaves Anya alive to agonize over Halfrek's death, assuming the BigBad uber evil will finish her off anyway. However in later episodes he sends demon assassins to finish the job, implying he's had second thoughts. Presumably D'Hoffyrn realised that having a former 'daughter' of his teamed up with an enemy of the First might not be good for his health.]]

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* VillainsDyingGrace: [[spoiler:D'Hoffyrn D'Hoffyrn leaves Anya alive to agonize over Halfrek's death, assuming the BigBad uber evil will finish her off anyway. However in later episodes he sends demon assassins to finish the job, implying he's had second thoughts. Presumably D'Hoffyrn realised that having a former 'daughter' of his teamed up with an enemy of the First might not be good for his health.]]
29th Apr '17 4:44:03 AM CWoodrich
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Dawn helps Willow move into her new room at Summers house while giving her advice on how to fit in with the people at school. Buffy and Xander contribute to the effort too as they talk about Anya. Buffy wonders about Anya's evil intentions but Xander thinks she's getting better and is no longer a threat. Meanwhile at a fraternity house, male bodies litter the floor; all with their hearts ripped out. Anya sits in the corner, covered in blood and rocking back and forth, seemingly shocked by what she's just done.

Flashback to Sjornjost, Sweden. It's 880AD. A pre-demon Anya, originally named Aud cares for her Viking mate Olaf. He has returned from a hard day of fighting trolls although Aud doubts him. She waits on him, promising the requested sex after he's eaten and rhapsodising about the 'sense of accomplishment that stems from selflessly giving yourself to others'. She worries that Olaf has been unfaithful.

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Dawn helps Willow move into her new room at Summers house while giving her advice on how to fit in with the people at school. Buffy and Xander contribute to the effort too as they talk about Anya. Buffy wonders about Anya's evil intentions intentions, but Xander thinks she's getting better and is no longer a threat. Meanwhile Meanwhile, at a fraternity house, male bodies litter the floor; all with have their hearts ripped out. Anya sits in the corner, covered in blood and rocking back and forth, seemingly shocked by what she's just done.

Flashback to Sjornjost, Sweden. It's 880AD. A pre-demon Anya, originally named Aud Aud, cares for her Viking mate Olaf. He has returned from a hard day of fighting trolls trolls, although Aud doubts him. She waits on him, promising the requested sex after he's eaten and rhapsodising about the 'sense of accomplishment that stems from selflessly giving yourself to others'. She worries that Olaf has been unfaithful.
14th Apr '17 8:47:50 PM DoctorNemesis
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The girl who was pranked at the frat party and Anya end up [[{{Understatement}} less than satisfied]] with the outcome of their various wishes. The whole point of vengeance demons, of course, is to answer the spurned woman's wish in a way that they really, ''really'' end up regretting. [[AnAesop Don't give in to vengeance so quickly, kids.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The girl who was pranked at the frat party and Anya end up [[{{Understatement}} less than satisfied]] with the outcome of their various wishes. The whole point of vengeance demons, of course, is to either convert the WomanScorned into an unfeeling and monstrously inhuman dispenser of cruelty or to answer the spurned woman's wish in a way that they really, ''really'' end up regretting. [[AnAesop Don't give in to vengeance so quickly, kids.]]
14th Apr '17 8:33:44 PM DoctorNemesis
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishForBeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The girl who was pranked at the frat party and Anya end up [[{{Understatement}} less than satisfied]] with the outcome of their various wishes. The whole point of vengeance demons, of course, is to answer the spurned woman's wish in a way that they really, ''really'' end up regretting. [[AnAesop Don't give in to vengeance so quickly, kids.]]
6th Dec '16 10:55:13 PM detghost
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* BalancingDeathsBooks: The only way to resurrect the victims of the demon. Smashing Anya's amulet would've just made the demon dissappear.

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* BalancingDeathsBooks: The only way to resurrect the victims of the demon. Smashing Anya's amulet would've just made the demon dissappear.disappear.
15th Oct '16 12:11:25 PM Origamidragons
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** Don't forget that Cecily/Halfrek was heavily involved in both cases.
6th Aug '16 3:05:13 PM surgoshan
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** Olaf says that Aud's logic is insane and happenstance, like that of a troll (hearkening back to season five's "Triangle" ("I'm not going to choose between my best friend and my girlfriend! That's insane troll logic!")
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