History Trivia / BuffytheVampireSlayer

16th Aug '16 2:49:27 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* 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 first incarnation of Whedon's idea of "a young woman who is far more than she seems" that eventually developed into ''Buffy'' was called "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress".

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* WagTheDirector: According to Whedon, Donald Sutherland Creator/JossWhedon, Creator/DonaldSutherland was under the impression that he was the star of the film. And rewrote all of his dialogue.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Alyssa Milano Creator/AlyssaMilano almost got the lead role in the original movie.
** The first incarnation of Whedon's Creator/JossWhedon's idea of "a young woman who is far more than she seems" that eventually developed into ''Buffy'' was called "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress".



** 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.

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** Alyson Hannigan's Creator/AlysonHannigan'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 "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]". Creator/AnthonyStewartHead appeared in the pilot of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', which used this song as its theme.



** 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".

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** In "Nightmares", Buffy's personal nightmare is being buried alive by the Master. Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar 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 Creator/AlysonHannigan 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")
("[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares}} 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".



** 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.

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** Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar 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.



** 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.

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** James Marsters Creator/JamesMarsters 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 Creator/SethGreen 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.



** When "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E8LoversWalk Lover's Walk]] episode originally aired in the US, it was followed by an advert for the phone service 1800-COLLECT, in which Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz offered a prize of a walk-on part in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E20TheProm The Prom]]."
* RealLifeRelative: Nick Brendon's twin brother worked as his stunt double, and they also brought him in to play Xander's magically created double in season five's "The Replacement".

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** When "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E8LoversWalk Lover's Walk]] episode originally aired in the US, it was followed by an advert for the phone service 1800-COLLECT, in which Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar and David Boreanaz Creator/DavidBoreanaz offered a prize of a walk-on part in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E20TheProm The Prom]]."
* RealLifeRelative: Nick Brendon's twin brother worked as his stunt double, and they also brought him in to play Xander's magically created double in season five's "The Replacement"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E3TheReplacement}} The Replacement]]".



** 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.

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** Joss Whedon Creator/JossWhedon 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.it.
** After the series ended, Creator/ElizaDushku was offered her own spin-off series as the character Faith. But then she turned it down to do ''Tru Calling''.
** Amongst those who auditioned for Buffy were Creator/KatieHolmes and Creator/SelmaBlair.
** Creator/RyanReynolds was originally offered the role of Xander. He passed on it because of his own awful high school experiences. "I love that show and I loved Creator/JossWhedon," Reynolds told 'The Toronto Star' in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school."
** Creator/NathanFillon auditioned for Angel. He played Caleb in the last season.
** Dawn was originally intended to have the power to speak to the dead. She was also supposed to be able to move objects with her mind. These powers were later dropped.
** Originally, Whedon didn't want either of Buffy's parents to appear as characters on the show. Accepting that that could get complicated, he settled on just having her mother, Joyce, appear in a nearly regular role, while Buffy's father Hank appeared in very few episodes.
** Oz was originally supposed to wear thick rimmed glasses, much like the lead singer of Music/{{Weezer}}. This was dropped at the last minute as Whedon felt that it looked tacky.
** Whedon toyed with the idea of making Xander gay instead of Willow.
** Spike, Oz, Faith, Wesley and Drusilla were all supposed to be killed off, but have ended up living long past their initial storylines. Also, [[spoiler:Jenny and Joyce were supposed to be killed off sooner than they were]].
** The Oz-Veruca storyline in season four was supposed to last longer, but had to be cut short when Seth Green left the series.
** According to Nicholas Brendon, he and Creator/SarahMichelleGellar proposed a storyline for season seven where Xander and Buffy get together romantically. Their idea was shot down, and they continued with the Buffy-Spike relationship.
** The Master was originally supposed to have a beard and long hair before Mark Metcalf suggested the bald look as a homage to ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
** Creator/JamesMarsters originally auditioned for Spike with a Texan accent. This was quickly jettisoned in favor of a London accent instead.
27th Jul '16 10:25:06 PM Laevatein
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** The first incarnation of Whedon's idea of "a young woman who is far more than she seems" that eventually developed into ''Buffy'' was called "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress".
26th Jul '16 12:32:54 AM surgoshan
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* RealLifeRelative: Nick Brendon's twin brother worked as his stunt double, and they also brought him in to play Xander's magically created double in season five's "The Replacement".



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

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** Tom Lank Lenk plays a vampire lackey to Harmony a few season before playing Tucker's brother.
brother (and a member of the Trio).
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''
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