History YMMV / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

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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[[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:
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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.
7th Feb '17 2:43:02 PM LondonKdS
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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.
2nd Jan '17 1:53:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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** During career day, Willow questions out loud if she likes [[FreudwasRight trees]] or shrubs (another word for [[FreudwasRight bushes]]) more. Xander replies, "That's between you and your god." and that he definitely likes shrubs, while Buffy says "No shrubs for me!" Willow turns out to be a lesbian..

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** During career day, Willow questions out loud if she likes [[FreudwasRight trees]] [tress or shrubs (another word for [[FreudwasRight bushes]]) bushes) more. Xander replies, "That's between you and your god." and that he definitely likes shrubs, while Buffy says "No shrubs for me!" Willow turns out to be a lesbian..
15th Dec '16 12:17:31 PM PersonalPOV
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* Medical student Ben, the mortal who shares a body with Glory in season 5 was played by Charlie Weber, who's become famous now as [[Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder Frank Delfino]].

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* ** Medical student Ben, the mortal who shares a body with Glory in season 5 was played by Charlie Weber, who's become famous now as [[Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder Frank Delfino]].
15th Dec '16 12:15:24 PM PersonalPOV
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* Medical student Ben, the mortal who shares a body with Glory in season 5 was played by Charlie Weber, who's become famous now as [[Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder Frank Delfino]].
17th Nov '16 5:59:38 AM haloinsider
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* SheReallyCanAct: Sarah Michelle Gellar received some particular praise at some points, highlights including 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: Sarah Michelle Gellar received some particular praise at some points, highlights including 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 Master, and her convincing performance as Faith-In-Buffy's body in "Who Are You?" Not to mention her performances in Becoming "Becoming Part 2 2" and Ted, "Ted", to name a few others.
13th Nov '16 7:58:40 AM SatoshiBakura
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* DesignatedVillain: Before her FaceHeelTurn, Faith was treated as this. She was rightfully the Slayer and she was shown to be rather effective, nice, funny, and friendly. However, she's evidently supposed to be viewed as psychotic, lacking in morality and someone to avoid. Many of Faith's actions have been blamed on Buffy, from Buffy's initial cold shoulder to Faith almost causing a fight between them, to Faith's attempt to kill Angel (since Faith was scared of the horrors he might cause and Buffy didn't tell her he was supposedly reformed.) After the FaceHeelTurn, she becomes a case of NeverLiveItDown, [[note]](at least to the Scoobies, the Fang Gang members that know her are okay with her)[[/note]] and later in the series, some of Buffy's hatred of her stems from jealousy.
7th Nov '16 11:38:13 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* VillainDecay: The Turok-han suffer this hard once there's [[ConservationOfNinjutsu more than one of them.]]
6th Nov '16 11:34:37 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/NathanFillion as the sadistic, satanic serial killer working for the Big Bad (If you take the First Evil to be Satan and that Caleb had killed people ForTheEvulz before meeting it)
8th Oct '16 11:47:15 AM DustSnitch
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* JerkassDissonance: Creator/JossWhedon hated the idea of another vampire romance for Buffy (he never wanted the first one either) and wanted Spike to get killed despite his popularity, as he was determined for vampires to remain villains.


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* YokoOhNo: Spike's "Yoko Factor" plan in Season 4 revolves around this. Spike sees a conflict brewing among the Scoobies and pushes just the right buttons to set it off. Notably, Spike himself notes to Adam during the episode that Yoko, for all she got blamed, didn't break up the Beatles; it was internal strife, much as he wasn't so much the cause of the Scoobies' breakup, just the catalyst that (deliberately) brought their grievances into plain view. It's ultimately subverted, however while the Scoobies do have a vicious argument and falling out thanks largely to Spike's prodding, when tempers have cooled a bit they're savvy enough to realize that Spike's been manipulating them, approach either other more calmly about their recent tensions, and mend bridges.
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