History YMMV / BuffytheVampireSlayer

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.
8th Oct '16 11:38:47 AM DustSnitch
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** Also, in a more unusual example, Xander. By any RealLife standards, Xander is BadAss simply by merit of the fact that he's still alive after ''seven years'' of fighting the Good Fight (or more, depending on whether you count the Season 8 comics as canon). In many a FanFic, this is taken UpToEleven, and Xander effectively becomes the merciless god of his universe.

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** Also, in a more unusual example, Xander. By any RealLife standards, Xander is BadAss badass simply by merit of the fact that he's still alive after ''seven years'' of fighting the Good Fight (or more, depending on whether you count the Season 8 comics as canon). In many a FanFic, this is taken UpToEleven, and Xander effectively becomes the merciless god of his universe.
5th Oct '16 8:22:06 AM LondonKdS
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* SpecialEffectFailure:
** The costume used for Oz's werewolf form for most of the show. When ''Angel'', in its final season, did a werewolf story, the note given to the costume designer was allegedly "don't make it look like a gay possum".
** 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.
** The CGI explosion for the destruction of the Watchers' Council headquarters in the final season was so bad that it was reduced to an almost subliminal length on-screen.
2nd Oct '16 3:18:34 AM Outis
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** Ethan Rayne has a massively disproportionate fandom and fanfic representation for a character who only appeared in four episodes, thanks to his importance to Giles's past and the [[HoYay sexual tension]] between them. It also might have something to do with the fact that any time Ethan shows up, [[HilarityEnsues wacky chaos is abound]]. Cases in point? Turning anyone wearing his Halloween costumes into the things they're supposed to be (i.e. little demon kids), spiking fundraiser chocolate so that it regresses the mind of adults into that of teenagers, turning Giles into a [[DumbMuscle Fyarl demon]], so on and so forth. As Spike puts it, "neat" things happen when Ethan shows up.

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** Ethan Rayne has a massively disproportionate fandom and fanfic representation for a character who only appeared in four episodes, thanks to his importance to Giles's past and the [[HoYay sexual tension]] between them. It also might have something to do with the fact that any time Ethan shows up, [[HilarityEnsues wacky chaos is abound]].abounds]]. Cases in point? Turning anyone wearing his Halloween costumes into the things they're supposed to be (i.e. little demon kids), spiking fundraiser chocolate so that it regresses the mind of adults into that of teenagers, turning Giles into a [[DumbMuscle Fyarl demon]], so on and so forth. As Spike puts it, "neat" things happen when Ethan shows up.
25th Sep '16 8:46:34 PM randomguy399
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: In Season 6, magic was portrayed as akin to a drug, which was highly dangerous and addictive, and could even lead to users becoming "junkies" willing to do anything for a "fix," as happened to Willow slowly over the course of the season. Joss Whedon himself didn't like this development, and fans agreed; Season 7's first episode featured a scene where Giles explicitly states that magic is not addictive, and it's explained that Willow's actions were actually due to her not using magic. This, of course, made hash of most of the storyline of Season 6. It does qualify as an author's saving throw, or at least close, but it's not a retcon. Giles' line is "This isn't a hobby or an addiction. It's inside you now," implying that this is a change for Willow due to her actions at the end of the last season. Willow got addicted to magic because she has an addictive personality, as much to power as to magic. What with Tara expressing her concern in Season 5, this was already on its way to becoming Willow's character arc, and "Tabula Rasa" is very much in tune with her behavior in the rest of the series. Unfortunately, "Smashed" and "Wrecked", which bring her addiction to its climax, are about the most {{Anvilicious}} episodes in the whole series. In the latter, she realizes she has a problem because she hurt Dawn with magic. Or rather, wrecked the car she and Dawn were in because she was high on magic. Just like addicts in real life!
24th Sep '16 10:35:37 PM digiman619
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** In Season 5, it was shown that a) Glory is stuck in this dimension until she gets "The Key" that is Dawn, b) Glory is a PhysicalGod and can effortless smash Buffy, c) Glory hates being limited to this plane and will do anything to get Dawn and will NEVER stop hunting for her until she either captures Dawn and "unlocks" the binding that keeps Glory on this plane or Dawn dies (as if she dies, Glory's stuck on Earth forever), d) Rather than fight a battle they can't win, Buffy and Co. decide to run away in a RV, presumably for the rest of their lives, and e) '''''Willow has the ability to send people to other dimensions'''''. All she had to do is send Dawn (and anyone else who wants to come along) to any other dimension, and Glory's plans are foiled forever.

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** In Season 5, it was shown that a) Glory is stuck in this dimension until she gets "The Key" that is Dawn, b) Glory is a PhysicalGod and can effortless effortlessly smash Buffy, c) Glory hates being limited to this plane and will do anything to get Dawn and will NEVER stop hunting for her until she either captures Dawn and "unlocks" the binding that keeps Glory on this plane or Dawn dies (as if she dies, Glory's stuck on Earth forever), d) Rather than fight a battle they can't win, Buffy and Co. decide to run away in a RV, presumably for the rest of their lives, and e) '''''Willow has the ability to send people to other dimensions'''''. All she had to do is send Dawn (and anyone else who wants to come along) to any other dimension, and Glory's plans are foiled forever.
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