History YMMV / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

29th May '17 3:08:30 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* SeasonalRot: Seasons 4, 6, and 7 are the least-regarded seasons of the series. Part of the problem may lie in how the BigBad threatens Buffy & co mentally as well as physically. After Angelus and Faith when she was TheDragon there has not been a villain who posed the best of both worlds. Adam and Maggie Walsh were more science vs magic, Glory was a big physical threat but the mental was downplayed, the Trio were a big mental threat after what happened to Buffy but could not match the powerhouses that were in previous seasons, The First was a decent mental challenge not on Angelus' level, Twilight seemed overshadowed by other villains and Simone was weak in comparison.

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* SeasonalRot: Seasons 4, 6, and 7 are the least-regarded seasons of the series. Part of the problem may lie in how the BigBad threatens Buffy & co mentally as well as physically. After Angelus and Faith when she was TheDragon there has not been a villain who posed the best of both worlds. Adam and Maggie Walsh were more science vs magic, Glory was a big physical threat but the mental was downplayed, the Trio were a big mental threat after what happened to Buffy but could not match the powerhouses that were in previous seasons, The First was a decent mental challenge not on Angelus' level, level. As for the comics, Twilight seemed overshadowed by other villains and Simone was weak in comparison.
21st May '17 5:40:51 PM nombretomado
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** In the comics Faith suggests there is little that she can be taught in the wonderful world of wetworks. Then we get ''{{Wet}}'' which not only has Creator/ElizaDushku the character she plays could easily be Faith with even more bad language. Conducting wetworks.

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** In the comics Faith suggests there is little that she can be taught in the wonderful world of wetworks. Then we get ''{{Wet}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'' which not only has Creator/ElizaDushku the character she plays could easily be Faith with even more bad language. Conducting wetworks.
10th Apr '17 12:59:30 PM highwaystonowhere
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*** And related to this one; was Willow truly a lesbian or was she secretly bisexual? Many people have argued that the show perpetuated biphobia by not even exploring the possibility that she could love men and women, whereas a similarly sized proportion of the fandom have pointed out that there are many lesbians *in real life* who used to date men before they realized they were gay, and that this shouldn't be ignored.

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*** ** And related to this one; the above; was Willow truly a lesbian or was she secretly bisexual? Many people have argued that the show perpetuated biphobia by not even exploring the possibility that she could love men and women, whereas a similarly sized proportion of the fandom have pointed out that there are many lesbians *in real life* who used to date men before they realized they were gay, and that this shouldn't be ignored.it's a little disrespectful to insinuate that these women don't exist or that lesbians are less valid if they don't have a perfect gold star.
*** The Willow-is-gay camp also bring up the issue of self-identification and how if someone says they're gay they should have the last word on that, to which the Willow-is-bi camp often reply that as Willow is ''fictional'' and not a real person, her 'self-identification' is in fact just a reflection of the writers. And of course, the writers were living in very biphobic times (not that long ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to think that bisexuality didn't ''really'' exist).
2nd Apr '17 2:46:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AccidentalInnuendo: Before their relationship begins in "Smashed" a RunningGag is Buffy continuously mistaking something Spike says for innuendo e.g. "rough-and-tumble" or "grunt work" hinting that despite Buffy's denials she has begun thinking about Spike sexually. Later when she is secretly having sex with him, the Scoobies keep making comments that remind Buffy of what she's up to, e.g. "We know you've been all tied up." and "You've been going at it too hard, slinging the doublemeat and pounding the big evil."
* ActorShipping: Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz. It helps that Sarah is a hardcore Bangel shipper and has been known to call Angel Buffy's "one true love." When asked on a Reddit if she preferred Angel or Spike, her response was 'Angel', in all caps.

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* AccidentalInnuendo: Before their relationship begins in "Smashed" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E9Smashed}} Smashed]]" a RunningGag is Buffy continuously mistaking something Spike says for innuendo e.g. "rough-and-tumble" or "grunt work" hinting that despite Buffy's denials she has begun thinking about Spike sexually. Later when she is secretly having sex with him, the Scoobies keep making comments that remind Buffy of what she's up to, e.g. "We know you've been all tied up." and "You've been going at it too hard, slinging the doublemeat and pounding the big evil."
* ActorShipping: Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar and David Boreanaz.Creator/DavidBoreanaz. It helps that Sarah is a hardcore Bangel shipper and has been known to call Angel Buffy's "one true love." When asked on a Reddit if she preferred Angel or Spike, her response was 'Angel', in all caps.



* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Or rather, Alternate Episode Interpretation. The much maligned "Beer Bad" is actually a really funny and enjoyable episode if you approach it as just an amusing story than an {{anvilicious}} lecture.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Or rather, Alternate Episode Interpretation. The much maligned "Beer Bad" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad}} Beer Bad]]" is actually a really funny and enjoyable episode if you approach it as just an amusing story than an {{anvilicious}} lecture.



** In "Once More with Feeling," a sizable number of fans suspect [[spoiler:Dawn really did summon Sweet and Xander was covering for her. This would explain how Xander is able to sing about not knowing what's going on despite the songs forcing you to tell the truth.]]

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** In "Once More with Feeling," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]", a sizable number of fans suspect [[spoiler:Dawn really did summon Sweet and Xander was covering for her. This would explain how Xander is able to sing about not knowing what's going on despite the songs forcing you to tell the truth.]]



* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: None of the cast thought "Once More With Feeling" would work since James Marsters (Spike) and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) were the only ones with any actual singing experience. Now? The episode is considered by ''many'' fans to be a series high point and a rare occurrence where a show's MusicalEpisode is not a sign of it having [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark.]]

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: None of the cast thought "Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling" Feeling]]" would work since James Marsters Creator/JamesMarsters (Spike) and Anthony Stewart Head Creator/AnthonyStewartHead (Giles) were the only ones with any actual singing experience. Now? The episode is considered by ''many'' fans to be a series high point and a rare occurrence where a show's MusicalEpisode is not a sign of it having [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark.]]



** Willow's storyline in Season 6 (drug addiction) "Beer Bad" (alcoholism), "Pangs" (atrocities to Native Americans), "Halloween" (female empowerment).
** While pants-soilingly disturbing, the most heavy-handed part of "Gingerbread" (about prejudice) was when Cordelia fire hosed down the brainwashed parents.
* AwardSnub: Many think Creator/SarahMichelleGellar was legitimately deserving of awards for her work in "The Body".

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** Willow's storyline in Season 6 (drug addiction) "Beer Bad" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad}} Beer Bad]]" (alcoholism), "Pangs" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E8Pangs}} Pangs]]" (atrocities to Native Americans), "Halloween" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween}} Halloween]]" (female empowerment).
** While pants-soilingly disturbing, the most heavy-handed part of "Gingerbread" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E11Gingerbread}} Gingerbread]]" (about prejudice) was when Cordelia fire hosed down the brainwashed parents.
* AwardSnub: Many think Creator/SarahMichelleGellar was legitimately deserving of awards for her work in "The Body"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]".



** It's the price that had to be paid for keeping Spike around. S2 & S3 Spike was established as ''such'' a badass, that Buffy could never have a conceiveable excuse for ''not'' dusting him if she got the opportunity to, and badass Spike would of course kill Buffy if he could. The two could only co-exist if Spike was rendered to be a non-threat, such as the chip he gets in S4. Of course a harmless Spike is anything but a Badass -- and the Scooby Gang never tire of reminding Spike of this in S4.

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** It's the price that had to be paid for keeping Spike around. S2 & S3 Spike was established as ''such'' a badass, that Buffy could never have a conceiveable conceivable excuse for ''not'' dusting him if she got the opportunity to, and badass Spike would of course kill Buffy if he could. The two could only co-exist if Spike was rendered to be a non-threat, such as the chip he gets in S4. Of course a harmless Spike is anything but a Badass -- and the Scooby Gang never tire of reminding Spike of this in S4.



** After the opening theme rolls in the episode "The Body" we see a five minute random flashback to Christmas dinner at Buffy's house that has nothing to do with the rest of the episode. WordOfGod has said the scene is there because they didn't want to have the opening credits playing over [[spoiler:Buffy trying to revive Joyce]].
** TheMenInBlack subplot of "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" which was never brought up or mentioned again, not even when the Initiative showed up or when the army went against the Slayers in Season 8.

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** After the opening theme rolls in the episode "The Body" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]" we see a five minute random flashback to Christmas dinner at Buffy's house that has nothing to do with the rest of the episode. WordOfGod has said the scene is there because they didn't want to have the opening credits playing over [[spoiler:Buffy trying to revive Joyce]].
** TheMenInBlack subplot of "Out of "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E11OutOfMindOutOfSight}} Out Of Mind, Out of Sight" Of Sight]]" which was never brought up or mentioned again, not even when the Initiative showed up or when the army went against the Slayers in Season 8.



* BizarroEpisode: "Restless" certainly qualifies.

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* BizarroEpisode: "Restless" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless}} Restless]]" certainly qualifies.



* EarWorm: Most of "Once More With Feeling."

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* EarWorm: Most of "Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling."Feeling]]".



** Anya, who became a scene-stealer thanks to Emma Caulfield's comedic timing and was added to the main cast of Season 5.
** Tara. Her relationship with Willow was a breath of fresh air and is portrayed as one of, if not ''the'' most, positive on the show. Fans cheered when she finally got PromotedToOpeningTitles in "Seeing Red" and [[spoiler:burst into tears at the end of the episode when she died.]]
** Joyce. Initially supposed to last a single season, a positive mother figure proved enlightening in a show full of monsters and Joss' trademark angst. [[spoiler:So of course people were devastated when "The Body" rolled around.]]

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** Anya, who became a scene-stealer thanks to Emma Caulfield's Creatqor/EmmaCaulfield's comedic timing and was added to the main cast of Season 5.
** Tara. Her relationship with Willow was a breath of fresh air and is portrayed as one of, if not ''the'' most, positive on the show. Fans cheered when she finally got PromotedToOpeningTitles in "Seeing Red" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E19SeeingRed}} Seeing Red]]" and [[spoiler:burst into tears at the end of the episode when she died.]]
** Joyce. Initially supposed to last a single season, a positive mother figure proved enlightening in a show full of monsters and Joss' trademark angst. [[spoiler:So of course people were devastated when "The Body" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]" rolled around.]]



* FauxSymbolism: The Cheese Man that appears in everyone's dreams in "Restless", who Joss Whedon has said means absolutely nothing.
* FightSceneFailure: Happened a few times in the first season. The other seasons aren't exempt from this. Notably the second season finale where the stunt man for David Boreanaz has a much thinner hairline than David, or Consequences, where SMG's stunt doubles face is shown front and center several times in the fight at the end.

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* FauxSymbolism: The Cheese Man that appears in everyone's dreams in "Restless", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless}} Restless]]", who Joss Whedon Creator/JossWhedon has said means absolutely nothing.
* FightSceneFailure: Happened a few times in the first season. The other seasons aren't exempt from this. Notably the second season finale where the stunt man for David Boreanaz Creator/DavidBoreanaz has a much thinner hairline than David, or Consequences, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences}} Consequences]]", where SMG's stunt doubles face is shown front and center several times in the fight at the end.



** Willow has this with ''herself'' in "Doppelgangland" when her vampire self from an alternate timeline blatantly hits on her. This was before the real Willow had come out, but was the first hint that she was gay, a full season before she came out.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Some of the major events that most polarized fandom in seasons six and seven, including Buffy and Spike hooking up in a relationship and Willow's witch powers spiraling out-of-control following her relationship ending, are (coincidentally or not) foreshadowed in Season Four's "Something Blue", to the point of the whole episode seeming HarsherInHindsight. Heck, it even brought Amy back! (Albeit for only two seconds on-screen.)
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: A line in "The Freshman" [[TropeNamers provides the trope's name]]. For other examples, see [[FunnyAneurysmMoment/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the series' Funny Aneurysm page]].

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** Willow has this with ''herself'' in "Doppelgangland" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E16Doppelgangland}} Doppelgangland]]" when her vampire self from an alternate timeline blatantly hits on her. This was before the real Willow had come out, but was the first hint that she was gay, a full season before she came out.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Some of the major events that most polarized fandom in seasons six and seven, including Buffy and Spike hooking up in a relationship and Willow's witch powers spiraling out-of-control following her relationship ending, are (coincidentally or not) foreshadowed in Season Four's "Something Blue", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E9Something Blue}} Something Blue]]", to the point of the whole episode seeming HarsherInHindsight. Heck, it even brought Amy back! (Albeit for only two seconds on-screen.)
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: A line in "The Freshman" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E1TheFreshman}} The Freshman]]" [[TropeNamers provides the trope's name]]. For other examples, see [[FunnyAneurysmMoment/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the series' Funny Aneurysm page]].



** Also, in Season 2's "Halloween", Spike is about to kill Buffy, who is weak due to taking on the personality of a colonial-era proper lady. The comment Spike makes about her and her situation before he makes the attempt sounds alot like he's about to rape her. Way later, there's the infamous incident in Season 6...

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** Also, in Season 2's "Halloween", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E6Halloween}} Halloween]]", Spike is about to kill Buffy, who is weak due to taking on the personality of a colonial-era proper lady. The comment Spike makes about her and her situation before he makes the attempt sounds alot like he's about to rape her. Way later, there's the infamous incident in Season 6...



** On an out-of-universe basis, the Season 2 episode "I Only Have Eyes for You", which concerns an affair between a (young) teacher and a student that ends in a fatal shooting. Depictions of guns in schools have become quite unsettling after Columbine, and the PaedoHunt of the past decade turns what was supposed to be a tragic love story into Squick for many people.
** In "The Dark Age," Jenny Calendar is possessed by a demon that jumps between dead or unconscious bodies. Willow realizes vampires, being dead, would attract the demon. Watch "Passions" and then go back and watch Giles fret "he's killing her" while Angel chokes Jenny into unconsciousness.
** Another depressing real life example: in "Hell's Bells" Xander is shown a vision of himself in the future, in which he loses his temper and attacks Anya with a frying pan. In 2015, Nicholas Brendan was arrested for choking his girlfriend during an argument.

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** On an out-of-universe basis, the Season 2 episode "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou}} I Only Have Eyes for You", For You]]", which concerns an affair between a (young) teacher and a student that ends in a fatal shooting. Depictions of guns in schools have become quite unsettling after Columbine, and the PaedoHunt of the past decade turns what was supposed to be a tragic love story into Squick for many people.
** In "The "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E8TheDarkAge}} The Dark Age," Age]]", Jenny Calendar is possessed by a demon that jumps between dead or unconscious bodies. Willow realizes vampires, being dead, would attract the demon. Watch "Passions" and then go back and watch Giles fret "he's killing her" while Angel chokes Jenny into unconsciousness.
** Another depressing real life example: in "Hell's Bells" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E16HellsBells}} Hell's Bells]]" Xander is shown a vision of himself in the future, in which he loses his temper and attacks Anya with a frying pan. In 2015, Nicholas Brendan was arrested for choking his girlfriend during an argument.



** While ''never'' considered a bad actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar has received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming Part 2" and "Ted", to name a few others.
** [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]] first realized that [[Creator/DavidBoreanaz David Boreanaz]] could carry [[Series/{{Angel}} his own show]] after being wowed by his performance in "I Only Have Eyes For You." In addition, fans who were still skeptical about DB's acting ability up to that point also changed their minds after seeing him play [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]], which was a complete 180 from the brooding, lover-boy Angel we were used to.
** Alyson Hannigan really put people on notice during Season 3. The episode "Doppelgangland" has her easily play regular Willow and vampire!Willow in the same scene, as well as extra scenes of them pretending to be the other one. In a more straightforward version of this trope, the bathroom scene in "Consequences" where Willow cries after realising Xander lost his virginity to Faith showed how well she could turn her characters from {{Adorkable}} into TheWoobie.
** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "The Body".
** While many people detest her character Dawn, the same cannot be said about Michelle Trachtenberg's acting in numerous episodes, with "The Body", "The Gift", and "Conversations with Dead People" being major highlights of her acting prowess.

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** While ''never'' considered a bad actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar has received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl}} Prophecy Girl]]" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou}} Who Are You?" You?]]" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2}} Becoming, Part 2" 2]]" and "Ted", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E11Ted}} Ted]]", to name a few others.
** [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]] first realized that [[Creator/DavidBoreanaz David Boreanaz]] Creator/DavidBoreanaz could carry [[Series/{{Angel}} his own show]] after being wowed by his performance in "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou}} I Only Have Eyes For You." You]]". In addition, fans who were still skeptical about DB's acting ability up to that point also changed their minds after seeing him play [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]], which was a complete 180 from the brooding, lover-boy Angel we were used to.
** Alyson Hannigan Creator/AlysonHannigan really put people on notice during Season 3. The episode "Doppelgangland" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E16Doppelgangland}} Doppelgangland]]" has her easily play regular Willow and vampire!Willow in the same scene, as well as extra scenes of them pretending to be the other one. In a more straightforward version of this trope, the bathroom scene in "Consequences" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences}} Consequences]]" where Willow cries after realising Xander lost his virginity to Faith showed how well she could turn her characters from {{Adorkable}} into TheWoobie.
** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "The Body".
"[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]] ".
** While many people detest her character Dawn, the same cannot be said about Michelle Trachtenberg's acting in numerous episodes, with "The Body", "The Gift", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]] ", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E22TheGift}} The Gift]]", and "Conversations with "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople}} Conversations With Dead People" People]]" being major highlights of her acting prowess.



** And one of the final issues of season 8 aped [[http://geekygirlslovescifi.blogspot.com/2010/05/buffy-comic-pokes-fun-at-twilight.html Twilight: New Moon]].

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** And one of the final issues of season 8 aped [[http://geekygirlslovescifi.blogspot.com/2010/05/buffy-comic-pokes-fun-at-twilight.html Twilight: ''Twilight: New Moon]].Moon'']].



** The episode "Nightmares", when Willow says they're facing their dreams. Giles corrects her that it's nightmares. "Dreams would be a musical comedy version of this." This of course gets a ShoutOut in ''Once More With Feeling'', when Willow sings "I've got a theory, some kid is dreaming, and we're all trapped inside his whacky broadway nightmare."
** A somewhat unfortunate one in "The Body" that kills the mood when Xander says something that reminds of [[Film/TheAvengers2012 something else Joss has done recently.]]

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** The episode "Nightmares", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares}} Nightmares]]", when Willow says they're facing their dreams. Giles corrects her that it's nightmares. "Dreams would be a musical comedy version of this." This of course gets a ShoutOut in ''Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling'', Feeling]]", when Willow sings "I've got a theory, some kid is dreaming, and we're all trapped inside his whacky broadway Broadway nightmare."
** A somewhat unfortunate one in "The Body" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]] " that kills the mood when Xander says something that reminds of [[Film/TheAvengers2012 something else Joss has done recently.]]



** Another Avengers-related thing comes from one of Xander's lines in Teacher's Pet.

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** Another Avengers-related thing comes from one of Xander's lines in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E4TeachersPet}} Teacher's Pet.Pet]]".



** Yet another Avengers-related thing is the plot of "I Robot, You Jane", which involves a villain who controls the internet and makes a metal body for himself. [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Sound familiar]]?

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** Yet another Avengers-related thing is the plot of "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E8IRobotYouJane}} I Robot, You Jane", Jane]]", which involves a villain who controls the internet and makes a metal body for himself. [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Sound familiar]]?



** The Gentlemen from "Hush" are considered to be influential to Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos, and, on their own, can be considered Hilarious In Hindsight in that they sort of predicted the phenomenon. However, what's ''really'' interesting is that the person who played the 'Lead' Gentleman [[http://jtroyw.blogspot.com/2013/10/so-about-that-movie.html will be playing the Slender Man himself]] in the ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' movie.

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** The Gentlemen from "Hush" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]" are considered to be influential to Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos, and, on their own, can be considered Hilarious In Hindsight in that they sort of predicted the phenomenon. However, what's ''really'' interesting is that the person who played the 'Lead' Gentleman [[http://jtroyw.blogspot.com/2013/10/so-about-that-movie.html will be playing the Slender Man himself]] in the ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' movie.



** In "Earshot," Buffy is frustrated that her telepathy doesn't allow her to read Angel's mind. That's pretty much the exact opposite of [[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Sookie]] [[Series/TrueBlood Stackhouse's]] opinion.

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** In "Earshot," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E18Earshot}} Earshot]]", Buffy is frustrated that her telepathy doesn't allow her to read Angel's mind. That's pretty much the exact opposite of [[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Sookie]] [[Series/TrueBlood Stackhouse's]] opinion.



** Buffy and co had the FanNickname of the "Scooby Gang"... then Sarah Michelle Gellar played Daphne in ''Film/ScoobyDoo''. She even had to miss the ''Buffy'' wrap party because she was busy filming said movie.
** "The Wish" is Anya's debut episode and features her trying to get Cordelia to wish vengeance upon Xander. Anyone who has seen the two of them as a long-running couple will find those lines hilarious. What's more is that one of Cordelia's wishes at the end is for Xander "to never again know the touch of a woman". Not only does she say this to his future fiancee, but he loses his virginity only a couple of episodes later.

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** Buffy and co had the FanNickname of the "Scooby Gang"... then Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar played Daphne in ''Film/ScoobyDoo''. She even had to miss the ''Buffy'' wrap party because she was busy filming said movie.
** "The Wish" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish}} The Wish]]" is Anya's debut episode and features her trying to get Cordelia to wish vengeance upon Xander. Anyone who has seen the two of them as a long-running couple will find those lines hilarious. What's more is that one of Cordelia's wishes at the end is for Xander "to never again know the touch of a woman". Not only does she say this to his future fiancee, but he loses his virginity only a couple of episodes later.



** Buffy vs. [[spoiler:Angelus]] in ''Becoming, Part 2'', culminating in [[spoiler:him getting his soul back and Buffy stabbing him and sending him to hell for all eternity.]]

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** Buffy vs. [[spoiler:Angelus]] in ''Becoming, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2}} Becoming, Part 2'', 2]] ", culminating in [[spoiler:him getting his soul back and Buffy stabbing him and sending him to hell for all eternity.]]



** The ending of ''Lessons'', where [[spoiler:The First torments Spike by merging into all the previous [[BigBad Big Bads]] as well as Buffy herself]]. Not only is this ParanoiaFuel, but the impact of the scene is even greater if you don't remember "Amends" because you have no freaking idea what this new BigBad could be.
** ''Conversations with Dead People''.
** The final battle in ''Chosen'', but especially the [[spoiler:deaths of Anya and Spike.]] Oh yeah, and [[spoiler:Buffy and Willow making every girl on the planet who has the potential to be a Slayer into a fully-fledged Slayer.]] Joss Whedon really outdid himself with that one.

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** The ending of ''Lessons'', "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E1Lessons}} Lessons]]", where [[spoiler:The First torments Spike by merging into all the previous [[BigBad Big Bads]] as well as Buffy herself]]. Not only is this ParanoiaFuel, but the impact of the scene is even greater if you don't remember "Amends" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E10Amends}} Amends]]" because you have no freaking idea what this new BigBad could be.
** ''Conversations with "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople}} Conversations With Dead People''.
People]]".
** The final battle in ''Chosen'', "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E22Chosen}} Chosen]]", but especially the [[spoiler:deaths of Anya and Spike.]] Oh yeah, and [[spoiler:Buffy and Willow making every girl on the planet who has the potential to be a Slayer into a fully-fledged Slayer.]] Joss Whedon really outdid himself with that one.



** Principal Snyder. Especially after you see [[UsedToBeASweetKid him]] in "Band Candy".

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** Principal Snyder. Especially after you see [[UsedToBeASweetKid him]] in "Band Candy"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E6Band Candy}} Band Candy]]".



** Sweet from ''Once More With Feeling.'' He came to town, killed a bunch of people, made the Scoobies reveal a bunch of embarrassing secrets about themselves, nearly killed Buffy and left town without getting a scratch on him. Enough said.

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** Sweet from ''Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling.'' Feeling]]". He came to town, killed a bunch of people, made the Scoobies reveal a bunch of embarrassing secrets about themselves, nearly killed Buffy and left town without getting a scratch on him. Enough said.



** D'Hoffryn was once AffablyEvil amusing albeit demonic office boss. Then comes "Selfless" where he [[spoiler:kills Anya's best friend when she was expecting to be able to sacrifice herself to bring the people she killed back to life]], and making a casual pimp like comment that he "has plenty of girls".
** The Trio were just considered a nuisance until [[spoiler:Warren accidentally killed his ex Katrina and made Buffy think she did it.]] Then, there was "Normal Again" and, of course, "Seeing Red", after which even Dawn and Xander agreed that [[spoiler:Warren deserved to die.]]

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** D'Hoffryn was once AffablyEvil amusing albeit demonic office boss. Then comes "Selfless" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E5Selfless}} Selfless]]" where he [[spoiler:kills Anya's best friend when she was expecting to be able to sacrifice herself to bring the people she killed back to life]], and making a casual pimp like comment that he "has plenty of girls".
** The Trio were just considered a nuisance until [[spoiler:Warren accidentally killed his ex Katrina and made Buffy think she did it.]] Then, there was "Normal Again" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain}} Normal Again]]" and, of course, "Seeing Red", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E19SeeingRed}} Seeing Red]]", after which even Dawn and Xander agreed that [[spoiler:Warren deserved to die.]]



** The very first Bronze scene in "Welcome To The Hellmouth." It's... pretty obvious that the band aren't actually playing their instruments, particularly the drummer.
** The utterly ridiculous ease with which some Mooks and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] are killed. One of the vampires in "School Hard" seems to purposely swerve into the path of a cart kicked in his general direction.
** In "Prophecy Girl" when Angel tells Xander that he can't give Buffy CPR because he has no breath, David Boreanaz delivers the line while winded and panting for breath.
** In "Showtime" when Buffy prepares to fight the Turok-Han in front of the Potentials, Andrew says "two men enter, one man leaves". The problem is that he says this while there's dramatic music playing, making it seem like the show is trying to play the line straight - instead of for comedy like Andrew's usual nerdy references.

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** The very first Bronze scene in "Welcome To The Hellmouth." "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E1WelcomeToTheHellmouth}} Welcome to the Hellmouth]]". It's... pretty obvious that the band aren't actually playing their instruments, particularly the drummer.
** The utterly ridiculous ease with which some Mooks and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] are killed. One of the vampires in "School Hard" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E3SchoolHard}} School Hard]]" seems to purposely swerve into the path of a cart kicked in his general direction.
** In "Prophecy Girl" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl}} Prophecy Girl]]" when Angel tells Xander that he can't give Buffy CPR because he has no breath, David Boreanaz Creator/DavidBoreanaz delivers the line while winded and panting for breath.
** In "Showtime" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E11Showtime}} Showtime]]" when Buffy prepares to fight the Turok-Han in front of the Potentials, Andrew says "two men enter, one man leaves". The problem is that he says this while there's dramatic music playing, making it seem like the show is trying to play the line straight - instead of for comedy like Andrew's usual nerdy references.



** The entire episode "I Robot, You Jane" was pretty bad even at the time, and has only grown worse with how dated all the references to the state of the Internet at the time have become. This is especially clear in the climax, where the villain's robot body deliberately looks ridiculous to illustrate how out of place he is in modern times, but it's now almost impossible to pick this out from all the unintentional silliness it's surrounded by.

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** The entire episode "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E8IRobotYouJane}} I Robot, You Jane" Jane]]" was pretty bad even at the time, and has only grown worse with how dated all the references to the state of the Internet at the time have become. This is especially clear in the climax, where the villain's robot body deliberately looks ridiculous to illustrate how out of place he is in modern times, but it's now almost impossible to pick this out from all the unintentional silliness it's surrounded by.



* OlderThanTheyThink: The "Normal Again" episode seems to be a WholePlotReference to the "Masks" two-parter of the ''Legends of the Dark Knight'' Franchise/{{Batman}} comic. Both involve the main character undergoing a situation where they're made to believe that all of their adventures are just the product of their delusional minds, and they've been institutionalized the whole time. [[spoiler: They even have the same ending, leaving it unclear if they were really crazy after all.]]

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* OlderThanTheyThink: The "Normal Again" episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain}} Normal Again]]" seems to be a WholePlotReference to the "Masks" two-parter of the ''Legends of the Dark Knight'' Franchise/{{Batman}} comic. Both involve the main character undergoing a situation where they're made to believe that all of their adventures are just the product of their delusional minds, and they've been institutionalized the whole time. [[spoiler: They even have the same ending, leaving it unclear if they were really crazy after all.]]



** "Something Blue": Buffy and Spike getting married was supposed to be a joke, but there was so much chemistry between them that the Spuffy pairing just took off.

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** "Something Blue": "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E9Something Blue}} Something Blue]]": Buffy and Spike getting married was supposed to be a joke, but there was so much chemistry between them that the Spuffy pairing just took off.



** In "Reptile Boy", Machida, underneath the scales, is actually [[Series/BabylonFive Byron]].

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** In "Reptile Boy", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E5Reptile Boy}} Reptile Boy]]", Machida, underneath the scales, is actually [[Series/BabylonFive Byron]].



** One of the members of the school swim team in "Go Fish" is Creator/WentworthMiller.

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** One of the members of the school swim team in "Go Fish" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E20GoFish}} Go Fish]]" is Creator/WentworthMiller.



** Billy Fordham from "Lie to Me". ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' fans know him as Max, but seven years later, Jason Behr & SMG would be reunited for ''Film/TheGrudge''.

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** Billy Fordham from "Lie to Me"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E7LieToMe}} Lie To Me]]". ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' fans know him as Max, but seven years later, Jason Behr & SMG would be reunited for ''Film/TheGrudge''.



** [[Film/AustinPowers Scott]] [[Creator/SethGreen Evil]] flies the ''[[Franchise/MassEffect Normandy]]'' (and Lance from "Him" shares a voice with Garrus Vakarian).

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** [[Film/AustinPowers Scott]] [[Creator/SethGreen Evil]] flies the ''[[Franchise/MassEffect Normandy]]'' (and Lance from "Him" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E6Him}} Him]]" shares a voice with Garrus Vakarian).



** Cordette #1 (the girl who is drained by The Master's blood machine in "The Wish"), Nicole Bilderback, played opposite Creator/SethGreen in the 1998 movie ''Film/CantHardlyWait''. She also appeared in ''Film/BringItOn'' with Clare Kramer (Glory) and Creator/ElizaDushku.
** Creator/KalPenn, more well known as [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Kumar]] and [[{{House}} Kutner]] shows up as a random college student in "Beer Bad".

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** Cordette #1 (the girl who is drained by The Master's blood machine in "The Wish"), "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish}} The Wish]]"), Nicole Bilderback, played opposite Creator/SethGreen in the 1998 movie ''Film/CantHardlyWait''. She also appeared in ''Film/BringItOn'' with Clare Kramer (Glory) and Creator/ElizaDushku.
** Creator/KalPenn, more well known as [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Kumar]] and [[{{House}} Kutner]] shows up as a random college student in "Beer Bad"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad}} Beer Bad]]".



** George the Janitor from "I Only Have Eyes for You" was played by none other than [[Film/WintersBone John]] [[{{Series/Deadwood}} Hawkes]].

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** George the Janitor from "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou}} I Only Have Eyes for You" For You]]" was played by none other than [[Film/WintersBone John]] [[{{Series/Deadwood}} Hawkes]].



** Creator/RobinAtkinDownes as the Snake King Machida in "Reptile Boy".
** [[ZNation Keith Allan]] had a small role in "Listening to Fear."

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** Creator/RobinAtkinDownes as the Snake King Machida in "Reptile Boy".
"[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E5Reptile Boy}} Reptile Boy]]".
** [[ZNation Keith Allan]] had a small role in "Listening to Fear.""[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E9ListeningToFear}} Listening To Fear]]".



** Pedro Pascal i.e. MemeticBadass [[Series/GameOfThrones Oberyn Martell]] once played the adorable campus dweeb Eddie in "The Freshman".
** Dominic Keeting, who would go on to play Malcolm Reed on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', played a Watcher's Council guard turned vampire {{Mook}} in "Helpless".

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** Pedro Pascal i.e. MemeticBadass [[Series/GameOfThrones Oberyn Martell]] once played the adorable campus dweeb Eddie in "The Freshman".
"[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E1TheFreshman}} The Freshman]]".
** Dominic Keeting, who would go on to play Malcolm Reed on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', played a Watcher's Council guard turned vampire {{Mook}} in "Helpless"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E12Helpless}} Helpless]]".



** The fight between Buffy and the giant enchanted snake in "Shadow" consists of long shots in which both Buffy and the snake are rendered in really bad CGI, and close-up shots of Gellar wrestling with a huge, virtually immobile, obviously plastic snake head and [[WhenPropsAttack doing her best]] to make it look as if it is fighting back.

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** The fight between Buffy and the giant enchanted snake in "Shadow" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E8Shadow}} Shadow]]" consists of long shots in which both Buffy and the snake are rendered in really bad CGI, and close-up shots of Gellar wrestling with a huge, virtually immobile, obviously plastic snake head and [[WhenPropsAttack doing her best]] to make it look as if it is fighting back.



** The child services worker in the episode "Gone." She's portrayed as your standard DepartmentOfChildDisservices worker, but her points about Buffy taking care of Dawn really were quite valid considering, well, Buffy was having a great deal of difficulty caring for Dawn.

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** The child services worker in the episode "Gone." "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E11Gone}} Gone]]". She's portrayed as your standard DepartmentOfChildDisservices worker, but her points about Buffy taking care of Dawn really were quite valid considering, well, Buffy was having a great deal of difficulty caring for Dawn.



* TakeThatScrappy: Willow reams out Dawn for being a whiny crybaby in "Two To Go". And in the comics, she [[spoiler:breaks up with Kennedy.]]

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* TakeThatScrappy: Willow reams out Dawn for being a whiny crybaby in "Two To Go"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E21TwoToGo}} Two to Go]]". And in the comics, she [[spoiler:breaks up with Kennedy.]]



** While it may have not been intentional, "The Yoko Factor" comes off as this when Angel and Riley get into a fight. [[CurbStompBattle It goes about as well for Riley as one would think.]]
** Also possibly unintentional, Dawn starts singing an angsty song for 'Once More with Feeling' and is promptly interrupted.
** In "Touched", Faith finally puts Kennedy in her place by telling her to back the hell off.

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** While it may have not been intentional, "The "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E20TheYokoFactor}} The Yoko Factor" Factor]]" comes off as this when Angel and Riley get into a fight. [[CurbStompBattle It goes about as well for Riley as one would think.]]
** Also possibly unintentional, Dawn starts singing an angsty song for 'Once More with Feeling' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]" and is promptly interrupted.
** In "Touched", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E20Touched}} Touched]]", Faith finally puts Kennedy in her place by telling her to back the hell off.



** Back in season 1, an episode was about a student Marcie Ross who can turn invisible and by the end of this episode was taken by F.B.I agents to be trained in assassination and espionage. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse She never appeared again.]] Then again, it's debatable to see whether she [[ObligatoryJoke "appeared"]] at all.
** For the TV show, Dracula. A famous vampire with mysterious powers[[note]]including the ability to survive even being staked, making him a tough vampire to beat[[/note]], has history with both Spike and Anya and is able to ''really'' get under Buffy's skin. His single episode ends with him being mocked and leaving, most of the episode really more focused on foreshadowing things about the main characters. The comics at least make more use of him.

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** Back in season 1, In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E11OutOfMindOutOfSight}} Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight]]", an episode was about a student Marcie Ross who can turn invisible and by the end of this episode was taken by F.B.I agents to be trained in assassination and espionage. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse She never appeared again.]] Then again, it's debatable to see whether she [[ObligatoryJoke "appeared"]] at all.
** For the TV show, Dracula. A famous vampire with mysterious powers[[note]]including the ability to survive even being staked, making him a tough vampire to beat[[/note]], has history with both Spike and Anya and is able to ''really'' get under Buffy's skin. [[[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E1BuffyVsDracula}} His single episode episode]] ends with him being mocked and leaving, most of the episode really more focused on foreshadowing things about the main characters. The comics at least make more use of him.



** Conversations With Dead People. We could have had an Anya/Halfrek conversation, or Xander/Jesse (remember Xander's best friend?). Or especially actual [[spoiler:Willow/Tara]] would have been amazing. Instead we got odd Dawn haunted house scenes that seemed like it would be a major plot point for the season, but never went anywhere.

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** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople}} Conversations With Dead People.People]]". We could have had an Anya/Halfrek conversation, or Xander/Jesse (remember Xander's best friend?). Or especially actual [[spoiler:Willow/Tara]] would have been amazing. Instead we got odd Dawn haunted house scenes that seemed like it would be a major plot point for the season, but never went anywhere.



** Buffy in the Season 5 finale is portrayed as heroic for wanting to protect Dawn at all costs, even though she knows it means unimaginable suffering and probable death for herself - never mind that she knows that it also means [[spoiler:unimaginable suffering and probable death for everyone and everything else in existence, including Dawn, meaning that she basically just wants to end the world for no reason.]] The fact that she [[spoiler: eventually sacrifices herself is arguably not heroic either - she's the Slayer, and season 6 shows how fast Sunnydale could be overrun without her. The most noble and selfless choice for the good of everyone would've arguably been if she had sacrificed Dawn. The fans, after all [[TheScrappy wouldn't have minded that much.]] Her death was probably due to meta reasons of wanting an excuse to end the show once the 5 year contract was up and the writers didn't know if anyone would renew them.]]

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** Buffy in the Season 5 finale "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E22TheGift}} The Gift]]" is portrayed as heroic for wanting to protect Dawn at all costs, even though she knows it means unimaginable suffering and probable death for herself - never mind that she knows that it also means [[spoiler:unimaginable suffering and probable death for everyone and everything else in existence, including Dawn, meaning that she basically just wants to end the world for no reason.]] The fact that she [[spoiler: eventually sacrifices herself is arguably not heroic either - she's the Slayer, and season 6 shows how fast Sunnydale could be overrun without her. The most noble and selfless choice for the good of everyone would've arguably been if she had sacrificed Dawn. The fans, after all [[TheScrappy wouldn't have minded that much.]] Her death was probably due to meta reasons of wanting an excuse to end the show once the 5 year contract was up and the writers didn't know if anyone would renew them.]]
24th Mar '17 4:03:24 PM randomguy399
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* ActorShipping: "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Sariza]]", short for Creator/SarahMichelleGellar and Creator/ElizaDushku who play Buffy and Faith respectively. Given the amount of pure tension (and some [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] too) the characters have to each other it's no wonder. When asked about this at a convention, Eliza Dushku said that Faith "definitely had a thing for Buffy" and admitted to playing up the LesYay between them.
** Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz. It helps that Sarah is a hardcore Bangel shipper and has been known to call Angel Buffy's "one true love." When asked on a Reddit if she preferred Angel or Spike, her response was 'Angel', in all caps.

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* ActorShipping: "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Sariza]]", short for Creator/SarahMichelleGellar and Creator/ElizaDushku who play Buffy and Faith respectively. Given the amount of pure tension (and some [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] too) the characters have to each other it's no wonder. When asked about this at a convention, Eliza Dushku said that Faith "definitely had a thing for Buffy" and admitted to playing up the LesYay between them.
**
Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz. It helps that Sarah is a hardcore Bangel shipper and has been known to call Angel Buffy's "one true love." When asked on a Reddit if she preferred Angel or Spike, her response was 'Angel', in all caps.



* AwardSnub: Many think Sarah Michelle Gellar was legitimately deserving of awards for her work in "The Body".

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* AwardSnub: Many think Sarah Michelle Gellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar was legitimately deserving of awards for her work in "The Body".



* CargoShip: Kendra and her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy. Actually, slayers and stakes in general, especially if you've played the Chaos Bleeds game and remember Faith quipping about all the [[ADateWithRosiePalms alternative uses she's found for a stake.]]

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* CargoShip: Kendra and her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy. Actually, slayers and stakes in general, especially if you've played the Chaos Bleeds game and remember Faith quipping about all the [[ADateWithRosiePalms alternative uses she's found for a stake.]]



** Vampires in general, for [[VampiresAreSexGods obvious reasons]]. The most infamous examples being Angelus, Spike, Darla, Drusilla, and of course, Vamp Willow.

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** Vampires in general, for [[VampiresAreSexGods obvious reasons]]. The most infamous examples being Angelus, Spike, Darla, Drusilla, and of course, Vamp Willow.
18th Mar '17 11:47:18 AM nombretomado
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** Caleb. Unlike Spike and Faith, he has ''zero'' redeeming qualities and no redemption... but he's played by NathanFillion!

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** Caleb. Unlike Spike and Faith, he has ''zero'' redeeming qualities and no redemption... but he's played by NathanFillion! Creator/NathanFillion!
28th Feb '17 12:26:15 PM pyramidjerry333
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* HeReallyCanAct:

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* HeReallyCanAct: [[HeReallyCanAct He/She Really Can Act]]:
** While ''never'' considered a bad actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar has received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming Part 2" and "Ted", to name a few others.



** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "The Body".
** While many people detest her character Dawn, the same cannot be said about Michelle Trachtenberg's acting in numerous episodes, with "The Body", "The Gift", and "Conversations with Dead People" being major highlights of her acting prowess.



* [[SheReallyCanAct She/He Can Really Act]]:
** While ''never'' considered a bad actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar has received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming Part 2" and "Ted", to name a few others.
** Alyson Hannigan's acting chops were on full display in "Doppelgangland" where she managed to successfully balance out two characters and their contrasting personalities (Willow vs. Vampire Willow).
** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "The Body".
** While many people detest her character Dawn, the same cannot be said about Michelle Trachtenberg's acting in numerous episodes, with "The Body", "The Gift", and "Conversations with Dead People" being major highlights of her acting prowess.
** David Boreanaz's acting in the latter half of season 2. While his acting was iffy with season 1, most fans were taken aback by his performance in the latter half, with him transforming from the brooding Angel to terrifying and darkly charismatic Angelus. His acting in "I Only Have Eyes for You" proved to Creator/JossWhedon that he could act, leading to Boreanaz's own [[Series/{{Angel}} spinoff show]].
28th Feb '17 12:23:52 PM pyramidjerry333
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* SheReallyCanAct: Sarah Michelle Gellar received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming Part 2" and "Ted", to name a few others.

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* SheReallyCanAct: [[SheReallyCanAct She/He Can Really Act]]:
** While ''never'' considered a bad actress,
Sarah Michelle Gellar has received some particular praise at some points. Highlights include Buffy's reaction to [[spoiler: her mother's death]] in "The Body", Buffy's breakdown in "Prophecy Girl" after learning she's destined to die fighting the Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in "Becoming Part 2" and "Ted", to name a few others.others.
** Alyson Hannigan's acting chops were on full display in "Doppelgangland" where she managed to successfully balance out two characters and their contrasting personalities (Willow vs. Vampire Willow).
** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "The Body".
** While many people detest her character Dawn, the same cannot be said about Michelle Trachtenberg's acting in numerous episodes, with "The Body", "The Gift", and "Conversations with Dead People" being major highlights of her acting prowess.
** David Boreanaz's acting in the latter half of season 2. While his acting was iffy with season 1, most fans were taken aback by his performance in the latter half, with him transforming from the brooding Angel to terrifying and darkly charismatic Angelus. His acting in "I Only Have Eyes for You" proved to Creator/JossWhedon that he could act, leading to Boreanaz's own [[Series/{{Angel}} spinoff show]].
14th Feb '17 3:16:41 PM fearlessnikki
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** Molly the Potential doesn't attract the bile that the likes of Kennedy and Rona. But she isn't as well-liked as Amanda or Vi, putting her somewhere in the middle.



* FairForItsDay: Willow and Tara's relationship early on reeked of HideYourLesbians. The network was so strict on what they were allowed to be shown doing that the writers were forced to use magic as a metaphor for lesbianism. And of course it involved a previously straight character suddenly discovering [[SuddenlySexuality she was gay]] rather than [[NoBisexuals bisexual]]. That doesn't change the fact that the romance was hugely groundbreaking for lesbians on TV. Tara eventually developed into her own character separate from just being Willow's girlfriend. They were also treated as simply another couple on the show, with their own problems and issues. Once the show moved to UPN, they were shown kissing a lot more and sharing a bed. This too was shocking because it wasn't too long ago that it was assumed that lesbians merely wanted emotional fulfilment rather than sex.



* FightSceneFailure: Happened a few times in the first season.
** The other seasons aren't exempt from this. Notably the second season finale where the stunt man for David Boreanaz has a much thinner hairline than David, or Consequences, where SMG's stunt doubles face is shown front and center several times in the fight at the end.

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* FightSceneFailure: Happened a few times in the first season.
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season. The other seasons aren't exempt from this. Notably the second season finale where the stunt man for David Boreanaz has a much thinner hairline than David, or Consequences, where SMG's stunt doubles face is shown front and center several times in the fight at the end.



* FoeYay: Buffy and Spike (which later becomes DatingCatwoman), Buffy and Faith, the torture scene with Drusilla and Angel in season 2, Drusilla and Kendra, Giles and Ethan, Glory and Dawn, Xander and Spike.

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* FoeYay: FoeYay:
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Buffy and Spike (which later becomes DatingCatwoman), Buffy and Faith, the torture scene with Drusilla and Angel in season 2, Drusilla and Kendra, Giles and Ethan, Glory and Dawn, Xander and Spike.



* GeniusBonus: At one point you can see Oz wearing a name tag with "God" written on it. That is precisely what the root Os- means.

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* GeniusBonus: GeniusBonus:
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At one point you can see Oz wearing a name tag with "God" written on it. That is precisely what the root Os- means.



* HeReallyCanAct: [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]] first realized that [[Creator/DavidBoreanaz David Boreanaz]] could carry [[Series/{{Angel}} his own show]] after being wowed by his performance in "I Only Have Eyes For You." In addition, fans who were still skeptical about DB's acting ability up to that point also changed their minds after seeing him play [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]], which was a complete 180 from the brooding, lover-boy Angel we were used to.
* HilariousInHindsight: When Buffy first learns of vampires in Sunnydale? She confronts Giles and demands [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible "What's the sitch?"]]

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* HeReallyCanAct: HeReallyCanAct:
**
[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]] first realized that [[Creator/DavidBoreanaz David Boreanaz]] could carry [[Series/{{Angel}} his own show]] after being wowed by his performance in "I Only Have Eyes For You." In addition, fans who were still skeptical about DB's acting ability up to that point also changed their minds after seeing him play [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]], which was a complete 180 from the brooding, lover-boy Angel we were used to.
** Alyson Hannigan really put people on notice during Season 3. The episode "Doppelgangland" has her easily play regular Willow and vampire!Willow in the same scene, as well as extra scenes of them pretending to be the other one. In a more straightforward version of this trope, the bathroom scene in "Consequences" where Willow cries after realising Xander lost his virginity to Faith showed how well she could turn her characters from {{Adorkable}} into TheWoobie.
* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
**
When Buffy first learns of vampires in Sunnydale? She confronts Giles and demands [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible "What's the sitch?"]]



** ''Twilight'' is so RICH for this. The first episode of Season 2 has Buffy telling Angel that girls don't think stalking is sexy. Apparently, Buffy is very atypical.
*** And forgetting her own romantic history of indeed finding Angel's stalking sexy.

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** ''Twilight'' is so RICH for this. The first episode of Season 2 has Buffy telling Angel that girls don't think stalking is sexy. Apparently, Buffy is very atypical.
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atypical. And forgetting her own romantic history of indeed finding Angel's stalking sexy.



** Buffy and co had the FanNickname of the "Scooby Gang"... then Sarah Michelle Gellar played Daphne in ''Film/ScoobyDoo''.

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** Buffy and co had the FanNickname of the "Scooby Gang"... then Sarah Michelle Gellar played Daphne in ''Film/ScoobyDoo''. She even had to miss the ''Buffy'' wrap party because she was busy filming said movie.
** "The Wish" is Anya's debut episode and features her trying to get Cordelia to wish vengeance upon Xander. Anyone who has seen the two of them as a long-running couple will find those lines hilarious. What's more is that one of Cordelia's wishes at the end is for Xander "to never again know the touch of a woman". Not only does she say this to his future fiancee, but he loses his virginity only a couple of episodes later.



** Some fans, while approving of the character change, still simply wish Kennedy would be Put on a Bus as her appearances could arguably be the reason for other characters being put Out of Focus (though there is nothing confirming this, and Word of God has yet to comment.) Season ten suggests an effort to do this, where she had essentially become [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Captain Price]] with the idea of her BodyguardBabes going full commando, acting as something of a vampire slaying gunwoman, a lot more mature, and figuring into the plot with giving Faith a job. Then it gets taken UpToEleven where not only does Buffy reject her offer of help when everyone else suffers financial problems to the point of living on the streets the idea of going to her is dismissed out of hand, despite being able and willing to help.



** A young Sarah Michelle Gellar seeks help solving the mystery of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8u8xvzDEpk why her cookies are so delicious]], with professional dick Seth Green on the case. This actually happened.



** Riley receives a good deal of hate from the fanbase, whether they belong to the Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike camps. It's not too surprising: Riley was introduced during a season considered to be one of the show's [[SeasonalRot weakest]], [[SatelliteLoveInterest never had much of an identity established]] and was an integral part of the loathed Initiative. He also managed to enrage fans in season 5, when he becomes insecure over Buffy's attraction to darkness and resents her for "not spending enough time with him" when Buffy had to look after her mother (who was suffering from a life threatening and ultimately fatal brain aneurysm). When she gets upset about it he tries to blame Buffy for how he feels, and we're ''supposed to side with Riley''. That and the ridiculous amount of CharacterShilling he received from Xander in his last episode helps cement him as one of the most annoying Buffyverse characters.
*** Doesn't help that his return in S6 could be seen as telling Buffy what she had missed (now he has a great marriage), despite him demanding her help while she's working at the Doublemeat Palace to support her sister and herself.

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** Riley receives a good deal of hate from the fanbase, whether they belong to the Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike camps. It's not too surprising: Riley was introduced during a season considered to be one of the show's [[SeasonalRot weakest]], [[SatelliteLoveInterest never had much of an identity established]] and was an integral part of the loathed Initiative. He also managed to enrage fans in season 5, when he becomes insecure over Buffy's attraction to darkness and resents her for "not spending enough time with him" when Buffy had to look after her mother (who was suffering from a life threatening and ultimately fatal brain aneurysm). When she gets upset about it he tries to blame Buffy for how he feels, and we're ''supposed to side with Riley''. That and the ridiculous amount of CharacterShilling he received from Xander in his last episode helps cement him as one of the most annoying Buffyverse characters.
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characters. Doesn't help that his return in S6 could be seen as telling Buffy what she had missed (now he has a great marriage), despite him demanding her help while she's working at the Doublemeat Palace to support her sister and herself.
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** The fight between Buffy and the giant enchanted snake in "Shadow" consists of long shots in which both Buffy and the snake are rendered in really bad CGI, and close-up shots of Gellar wrestling with a huge, virtually immobile, obviously plastic snake head and doing her best to make it look as if it is fighting back.

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** The fight between Buffy and the giant enchanted snake in "Shadow" consists of long shots in which both Buffy and the snake are rendered in really bad CGI, and close-up shots of Gellar wrestling with a huge, virtually immobile, obviously plastic snake head and [[WhenPropsAttack doing her best best]] to make it look as if it is fighting back.
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