History Trivia / BuffytheVampireSlayer

26th Jun '16 7:36:14 PM PaulA
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* AbilityOverAppearance:
** Producers were reluctant to cast Creator/AmberBenson as Tara because she was too voluptuous for the supposedly plain girl, but she won them over with her awkwardness.
** Alyson Hannigan's casting went something like this too. Joss stated that all the other girls who auditioned for Willow wore NerdGlasses and acted stereotypically [[HollywoodNerd nerdy]]. Alyson won the part based on the fact that she didn't do that.

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* AbilityOverAppearance:
** Producers were reluctant to cast Creator/AmberBenson as Tara because she was too voluptuous for the supposedly plain girl, but she won them over with her awkwardness.
** Alyson Hannigan's casting went something like this too. Joss stated that all the other girls who auditioned for Willow wore NerdGlasses and acted stereotypically [[HollywoodNerd nerdy]]. Alyson won the part based on the fact that she didn't do that.
!!The movie:



* ActorAllusion: Giles piping in "Dance Macabre" during his slideshow presentation in "Hush". Anthony Stewart Head appeared in the pilot of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', which used this song as its theme.
* ActorSharedBackground:
** Creator/JamesMarsters based his accent on Anthony Stewart Head's. Giles uses an RP English accent on-camera, but his actor sounds like a working-class "tough guy" in real life, using an accent close to Estuary English. Head uses it for Giles' adolescent persona in "Band Candy."
** In "Nightmares", Buffy's personal nightmare is being buried alive by the Master. Sarah Michelle Gellar is terrified of graveyards for this same reason, which is [[NightmareFuel amusing]] seeing as her character was buried alive ''twice'' in the show ("Nightmares" and "Bargaining Pt. 1"), and [[IronicFear spends most of her evenings in graveyards]].
** Alyson Hannigan maintains that she [[PerformanceAnxiety cannot sing or dance]] (which hasn't stopped multiple writers from shoehorning her into [[Series/HowIMetYourMother splashy musical numbers]], but oh well), mirroring Willow's nightmare of being forced to sing ''MadameButterfly''. ("Nightmares")
** Baby Buffy went through a phase during which she idolized ice skater Dorothy Hamill. Sarah Michelle Gellar enjoys figure skating in real life, a skill which was put to good use in "What's My Line Pt 1".
** The scene in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E8LoversWalk Lovers Walk]]" where Cordelia gets impaled is based on a real incident. At five years old, playing around a swimming pool that was still under construction, Creator/CharismaCarpenter fell onto a piece of rebar. Only in real life she fell off a horse and not through stairs.
** Faith became a Boston native after Creator/ElizaDushku was cast, though Eliza herself is actually from Watertown rather than South Boston like Faith.
* BreakthroughHit: For Creator/JossWhedon.



* DawsonCasting: 22-year-old Creator/KristySwanson playing high school senior Buffy.
* FakeNationality: The medieval maiden played by the California-born Swanson in the flashback sequences would obviously have to be non-American. She comes off as [[FakeBrit English]] [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (not that Swanson tries very hard)]], but a brief line by Merrick suggests that she was Hungarian. (In the original script, she's an Italian.)
* FakeBrit: Merrick, a British character being played by the Canadian Creator/DonaldSutherland.
* ThrowItIn: Amilyn's ludicrously protracted and over-the-top death in the movie, ad-libbed by Paul Reubens.
* ThePeteBest: Swanson. Then again this was 1992 and it would be five years till the TV series, long after Swanson grew out of the role.
* WagTheDirector: According to Whedon, Donald Sutherland was under the impression that he was the star of the film. And rewrote all of his dialogue.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Alyssa Milano almost got the lead role in the original movie.

!!The TV series:
* AbilityOverAppearance:
** Producers were reluctant to cast Creator/AmberBenson as Tara because she was too voluptuous for the supposedly plain girl, but she won them over with her awkwardness.
** Alyson Hannigan's casting went something like this too. Joss stated that all the other girls who auditioned for Willow wore NerdGlasses and acted stereotypically [[HollywoodNerd nerdy]]. Alyson won the part based on the fact that she didn't do that.
* ActorAllusion: Giles piping in "Dance Macabre" during his slideshow presentation in "Hush". Anthony Stewart Head appeared in the pilot of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', which used this song as its theme.
* ActorSharedBackground:
** Creator/JamesMarsters based his accent on Anthony Stewart Head's. Giles uses an RP English accent on-camera, but his actor sounds like a working-class "tough guy" in real life, using an accent close to Estuary English. Head uses it for Giles' adolescent persona in "Band Candy."
** In "Nightmares", Buffy's personal nightmare is being buried alive by the Master. Sarah Michelle Gellar is terrified of graveyards for this same reason, which is [[NightmareFuel amusing]] seeing as her character was buried alive ''twice'' in the show ("Nightmares" and "Bargaining Pt. 1"), and [[IronicFear spends most of her evenings in graveyards]].
** Alyson Hannigan maintains that she [[PerformanceAnxiety cannot sing or dance]] (which hasn't stopped multiple writers from shoehorning her into [[Series/HowIMetYourMother splashy musical numbers]], but oh well), mirroring Willow's nightmare of being forced to sing ''MadameButterfly''. ("Nightmares")
** Baby Buffy went through a phase during which she idolized ice skater Dorothy Hamill. Sarah Michelle Gellar enjoys figure skating in real life, a skill which was put to good use in "What's My Line Pt 1".
** The scene in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E8LoversWalk Lovers Walk]]" where Cordelia gets impaled is based on a real incident. At five years old, playing around a swimming pool that was still under construction, Creator/CharismaCarpenter fell onto a piece of rebar. Only in real life she fell off a horse and not through stairs.
** Faith became a Boston native after Creator/ElizaDushku was cast, though Eliza herself is actually from Watertown rather than South Boston like Faith.
* BreakthroughHit: For Creator/JossWhedon.



* DawsonCasting: Some actors were a full decade older than their characters. In an extreme example, Creator/CharismaCarpenter was 26 when she played 16-year-old Cordelia. Similarly, there's 22-year-old Creator/KristySwanson playing high school senior Buffy.

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* DawsonCasting: DawsonCasting:
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Some actors were a full decade older than their characters. In an extreme example, Creator/CharismaCarpenter was 26 when she played 16-year-old Cordelia. Similarly, there's 22-year-old Creator/KristySwanson playing high school senior Buffy.



* FakeNationality: The medieval maiden played by the California-born Swanson in the flashback sequences would obviously have to be non-American. She comes off as [[FakeBrit English]] [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (not that Swanson tries very hard)]], but a brief line by Merrick suggests that she was Hungarian. (In the original script, she's an Italian.)



** And with Merrick himself, of course, we have a British character being played by a [[CanadaEh Canadian]].



* ScheduleSlip: the last ''Spike'' issue.
* ThrowItIn: Amilyn's ludicrously protracted and over-the-top death in the movie, ad-libbed by Paul Reubens.
* ThePeteBest: Swanson. Then again this was 1992 and it wouldn't be five years till the TV series long after Swanson grew out of the role.



* WagTheDirector: According to Whedon, Donald Sutherland was under the impression that he was the star of the film. And rewrote all of his dialogue.



** Alyssa Milano almost got the lead role in the original movie.



*** Tom Lank plays a vampire lackey to Harmony a few season before playing Tucker's brother.

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*** ** Tom Lank plays a vampire lackey to Harmony a few season before playing Tucker's brother.brother.

!!The comics:
* ScheduleSlip: the last ''Spike'' issue.
9th Jun '16 4:00:46 PM fruitstripegum
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** Joss Whedon planned to make a spin-off called "Ripper", about Giles' adventures in England. At first it was meant to be a show, then a mini-series, then finally a made-for-TV movie. Apparently, he still hopes to make it.
7th Jun '16 6:20:42 AM fearlessnikki
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* CreatorBacklash:
** Sarah Michelle Gellar disliked Season 6 because of the dark tone of the storylines. She also wasn't a fan of the extensive preparation that had to be done for the MusicalEpisode.
** Most of the cast came to hate the library scenes because they would take forever to film.
** James Marsters was so disturbed by Spike's attempted rape of Buffy that he had it written into his contract that he would never film such scenes again.
** Seth Green disliked being OutOfFocus in Season 3, as he hated having to show up for work when he'd only have one or two lines the whole time. This is why Oz gets PutOnABus midway through Season 4.
21st May '16 9:47:15 PM erforce
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** The battle between the Slayers and Kakistos ("Faith, Hope, and Trick") takes place inside L.A. Firestation 23, also used as HQ for the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}.''

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** The battle between the Slayers and Kakistos ("Faith, Hope, and Trick") takes place inside L.A. Firestation 23, also used as HQ for the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}.''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}.''
15th May '16 11:17:55 PM PaulA
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At the height of it's popularity, a animated version was considered. They had got the designs down and even made a promo. But no network was willing to buy it and it wound up dropped in the end. Though it did get a nod in the season 8 comic which somewhat lampshades the missed opportunity.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Alyssa Milano almost got the lead role in the original movie.
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At the height of it's its popularity, a animated version was considered. They had got the designs down and even made a promo. But no network was willing to buy it and it wound up dropped in the end. Though it did get a nod in the season 8 comic which somewhat lampshades the missed opportunity.
21st Apr '16 4:02:52 AM goldenroad
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* {{Fanon}}: Many fanfics paint the idea that Dawn is actually the daughter of Spike and Buffy, the monks using DNA from both.
11th Apr '16 4:46:43 PM aye_amber
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* HeyItsThatPlace: The external (and some internal) shots of Sunnydale High School are of Torrance High, the same school used for the ''BeverlyHills90210''

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* HeyItsThatPlace: The external (and some internal) shots of Sunnydale High School are of Torrance High, the same school used for the ''BeverlyHills90210''''Series/BeverlyHills90210''
30th Mar '16 10:40:09 PM CASCHero
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At the height of it's popularity, a animated version was considered. They had got the designs down and even made a promo. But no network was willing to buy it and it wound up dropped in the end. Though it did get a nod in the season 8 comic which somewhat lampshades the missed opportunity.
24th Mar '16 5:38:21 PM wyattte
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Another actress who was originally offered the role as the heroine was Natasha Lyonne, now the star of ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''; she turned it down, and Whedon went with Geller.
** Whedon wanted to put Eric Balfour [[DeadStarWalking in the opening credits]] for the first two episodes so that his death would be a surprise, but literally didn't have the money for two sets of credits. [[spoiler:He got to do it with Tara six years later]].
** When the show was being pitched and the WB were interested, they considered giving it a timeslot for the 1996-97 season (which would likely have resulted in a full 22-episode season 1); it lost this battle to ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', becoming a MidSeasonReplacement when ''Series/{{Savannah}}'' was cancelled in early 1997. In hindsight, had the WB execs. chosen differently both shows would likely have turned out different - among other things, Creator/AlysonHannigan had not yet been cast; the Master arc would also have been effected, with an extra 10 episodes and the possibility of the Annointed One not being pre-emptively killed off; etc.
** Darla was originally supposed to be killed in the end of "The Harvest" when Willow hurled holy water at her, but a more interesting plot for episode seven ("Angel") was needed so they kept her in the show.
** Creator/JamesMarsters originally auditioned for the role of Spike using a [[CorruptHick Texan accent]] for the character. He and the writers eventually decided that this was not a good fit, and so instead of a cowboy, Spike became a limey.
** Spike actually uses this Texan accent in Season #4 when he's attempting to convince people that he's an old friend of Xander's. It's hilarious.
** "Normal Again" was originally more of a RageAgainstTheAuthor episode, with the world of Sunnydale crumbling due to Joss Whedon suffering writers block.
** Bianca Lawson (Kendra) originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase and won it, but she was opted to take a role in the sitcom ''Goode Behavior'' instead. Producers liked her so much that she was introduced on the second season as Kendra.
** Buffy's bazooka in "Innocence" was originally a tank in the script.
** Oz was originally supposed to be killed by Angelus in "Passion", but his character had a lot of potential, so the decision was made to bump off [[spoiler:Jenny]] instead. In turn, [[spoiler:Jenny]] was supposed to have died in an earlier episode, "Innocence", presumably in place of Uncle Enyos.
** Warren was only intended to be a lackey on par with Jonathan during Season 6, working under Tucker Wells (from the episode "The Prom"), who would have been the real villain of the season. However, actor Brad Kane was unavailable to reprise the role, so Andrew Wells was created to be Tucker's brother as a substitute. Warren was likely promoted to main villain because he ended up being the most unpleasant of the three Andrew was an amusing Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and Jonathan was generally well-liked by the audience by that point.
** Creator/AmberBenson was slated to return in season seven. However she knows just how cruel Creator/JossWhedon would be to her characters and to the fans, and declined the role. There is, in fact, a script for "Conversations with Dead People" that has Tara in place of Cassie talking to Willow, and it's exactly as cruel as you would expect.
** An AnimatedAdaptation was slated to focus on the in series CosmicRetcon with Dawn appearing throughout the first four seasons. One idea was to have Angelus attack her instead of Willow. You can get details on the trope page as well as watching the four minute trial footage.
** Joss' original concept for what eventually evolved into "Buffy" was called "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress".
** If Creator/SethGreen hadn't left the show, everything from season 4 and up would likely have been very different. Oz would have remained with Willow, Xander would then have likely been the one to come out as gay considering Joss Whedon wanted either him or Willow to eventually be written as a homosexual, which also means that Anya would have either been written out or given a very different role than the one she had in the series while Tara may never have existed. Come season 6, it also would have meant that Oz would have wound up being the one killed by Warren.
** The Anointed One was going to be the BigBad of Season 2, but Andrew J. Ferchland's growth spurt made it impossible for him to pass as an eternal child, so Spike and Drusilla were created to take his place.
** Creator/NathanFillion auditioned for the role of Angel.
** The vampire Sunday from "The Freshman" was originally going to be mentioned as a Slayer who had been turned into a vampire, to explain why she was powerful enough to defeat Buffy in their first fight.
** Angel was originally conceived as nothing more than a weird guy who occasionally showed up to give Buffy vague advice. There were several ideas for his true identity tossed around, including that he was an actual angel who needed to complete a certain number of good deeds before being allowed back into Heaven (which would have made him amusingly similar to Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''), before his being a vampire was decided on literally while writing the episode with the reveal. This explains the severe EarlyInstallmentWeirdness with him until that point, as he had to be written very vaguely to fit whatever the writers came up with.
18th Mar '16 9:37:14 AM ObsidianFire
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** Creator/AmberBenson was slated to return in season seven. However she knows just how cruel Creator/JossWhedon would be to her characters and to the fans, [[GenreSavvy and declined the role.]] There is, in fact, a script for "Conversations with Dead People" that has Tara in place of Cassie talking to Willow, and it's exactly as cruel as you would expect.

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** Creator/AmberBenson was slated to return in season seven. However she knows just how cruel Creator/JossWhedon would be to her characters and to the fans, [[GenreSavvy and declined the role.]] role. There is, in fact, a script for "Conversations with Dead People" that has Tara in place of Cassie talking to Willow, and it's exactly as cruel as you would expect.
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