->'''Xander:''' So we're saying he made a spell just to make us ''think'' he was cool?
->'''Giles:''' Yes.
->'''Xander:''' That is so cool!

The Scoobies are having trouble with a demon so they turn to...Jonathan?! (The one and only!)

* AloneWithThePsycho: Buffy goes off alone with Jonathan to hunt the demon. Then the Scoobies discover that if Buffy kills the demon, Jonathan's alternate universe will collapse.
* AnAesop
-->'''Buffy:''' Jonathan, you can't keep trying to make everything work out with some big gesture all at once. Things are complicated. They take time and work.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The illustrious Jonathan. It's about time, too!
* BadassBoast: Delivered by the man himself, Jonathan.
-->'''Jonathan:''' Spike, you're the worst type of scum. The second you're back to your old tricks, well; let's just say before you even sniff out your first victim you'll be pretty indistinguishable from, oh what should we say (smirks) instant soup mix?
* BadassInANiceSuit: Who else but Jonathan?
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:Jonathan looks like he's going to push Buffy into the abyss, but he pulls her back from it instead.]]
* BlackComedy: Jonathan dusts a vampire (being the awesome fighter that he is) and the quarrel he fires sets off the mobile phone in its jacket pocket.
* DamselInDistress: Tara, showing how she's taken over the role from [[TookALevelInBadass Willow]].
* BettyAndVeronica: When Riley wonders why Buffy is avoiding him intimately, Jonathan wisely points out that Faith was sexually experienced and Buffy is worried he'll be comparing. Jonathan's so insightful!
* BlackHoleSue: Used InUniverse when Jonathan uses a wish spell to fold reality around himself and turns himself into an invincible, charismatic hero, admired by everyone. Unfortunately he forgot to read the [[EquivalentExchange fine print]].
* BrickJoke
** The AlternateUniverse consisting only of shrimp. The payoff occurs several years later in the spin-off series ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when the Illyria is boasting of all the alternate dimensions she's visited.
-->"I walked worlds of smoke and half-truths, intangible. Worlds of torment and of unnamable beauty. Opaline towers as high as small moons. Glaciers that rippled with insensate lust. And one world with nothing but shrimp. I tired of that one quickly."
** Xander gripes that Anya [[WrongNameOutburst said Jonathan's name during sex]] (who wouldn't?). When Buffy and Riley are [[SealedWithAKiss kissing at the end]], Buffy lets slip an "Mmmm, Jonathan!"
* ChairReveal: How the episode introduces us to our real hero, Jonathan.
* ChekhovsGun: Jonathan tells the Initiative about Adam's uranium core, which becomes relevant in the final confrontation with the cyborg BigBad. Thank God for Jonathan!
* TheChick: Spike is shocked when 'Betty' suddenly slams him against the side of a crypt.
-->Hey! You're not supposed to do that!
* CirclingMonologue: Spike and Jonathan do this to each other.
* ConvenientSlowDance: Jonathan creates this so Buffy and Riley can make up. What a guy!
* CranialProcessingUnit: Averted with Adam; even cutting off his head won't kill him.
* DarkMessiah: A vampire jokingly calls Adam "the evil messiah guy."
* DoggedNiceGuy: Jonathan is unfailingly polite to all his rabid fans (he even lets a chipped Spike know he's still dangerous), and gives Buffy and Riley advice to help patch up their relationship. Part of this is because that's how a superhero is supposed to act, but he also enjoys being friends with the Scoobies and clearly still appreciates Buffy saving his life in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E19Earshot Earshot]]".
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Retrospectively in the episode's attitude to earlier events. Faith's rape-by-body-swap of Riley is discussed entirely in terms of Riley proving himself to be a bad boyfriend and an imperceptive lout for not noticing the body swap, and the possibility that he might be in any way traumatised by it is never brought up.
* DramaticShattering: Jonathan crashes into the vampire crypt through a stained glass window.
* {{Egopolis}}: Jonathan's face is everywhere in Sunnydale; from billboards to baseball cards. It's a beautiful sight.
* EquivalentExchange: By turning himself into a paragon of all that is good, Jonathan also creates a demon that is totally evil. WorthIt.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Giles has Jonathan's swimsuit calender. ItWasAGift.
** When Jonathan plays the trumpet, Anya wants to go have sex. Xander agrees.
** Inverted sexually with lesbians Willow and Tara creating a Jonathan collage.
* EyesNeverLie: Lampshaded re Faith's GrandTheftMe.
-->'''Jonathan:''' I don't think this about you being angry with Faith; I think you're angry with Riley. I mean you have this amazing connection with him, and then at the one moment when it matters the most, he looks into your eyes and he doesn't even see that it's not you looking back at him.\\
'''Buffy:''' There's no way he could know. I mean you don't just look at someone and say 'Hey that's not your body, get out of that body with your hands up!'\\
'''Jonathan:''' I know you ''know'' that. But you have to ''believe'' it.
* [[FanDisservice Fanservice The Likes Of Which The World Has Never Known]]: Jonathan's swimsuit calender.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Jonathan's desire to use magic as a shortcut to the good life causes him to become one of the villainous Trio in Season 6.
* HandsOnApproach: Riley tries to show Buffy how to throw a ball through the mini-basketball hoop in his room. However Buffy is still upset that [[GrandTheftMe Riley slept with Faith]], so she just walks out the door the moment the sexual tension gets too high.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:When the demon gets the drop on Buffy, Jonathan throws himself at it sending them both into the abyss. Fortunately Buffy grabs Jonathan's ankle to stop him from falling too.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Spike caresses a [[TheChick frightened Buffy's]] hair in a very suggestive manner.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Jonathan, which is the reason he becomes the paragon of excellence that we all knew he should be.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends
-->'''Buffy:''' Jonathan, you get why everyone is angry though, right? It's not just the monster. People didn't like being the little actors in your sock puppet theater.\\
'''Jonathan:''' You weren't! You weren't socks! We were friends.
* IResembleThatRemark
-->'''Jonathan:''' Vampires only form nests to make hunting easier. They're not big on the cooperation. They mostly like to hang out all creepy and alone in the shadows. Don't you agree... [turning head] SPIKE?
-->''Sinister guitar music as Spike steps out from behind a bush.''
* LameComeback: Buffy's DeadpanSnarker skills have been affected too.
-->'''Spike:''' Yeah, back off Betty.
-->'''Buffy:''' It's Buffy, you [[BigStupidDoodooHead big bleached...stupid guy]].
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Jonathan [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E1WhenSheWasBad crushed the bones of the Master]], [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E22GraduationDayPart2 blew up a big snake made out of Mayor]] and coached the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to a stunning World Cup victory.
* LanguageOfMagic: "You can't just say 'librum incendere' and-" PHWOOSH!
-->'''Giles:''' Xander, don't speak Latin in front of the books.
* MartyStu: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. It's Jonathan, and he really is that great. Also there was magic involved.
* TheMinnesotaFats: Subverted
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Averted -- rather than kill Buffy, Jonathan helps Buffy kill the monster and change reality back to normal.]]
* NoSell / AntiMagic: Adam is the only one not affected by Jonathan's spell, because he has absolute knowledge of every part of his body.
* OneHeadTaller: Spoofed during the Initiative's MissionBriefing, when all the soldiers tower over the amazing Jonathon.
-->'''Riley:''' Did anyone else feel way too tall? I felt ''way'' too tall.
* QuickDraw: Xander is shown practicing this with a stake.
-->Quick draw's about more than speed. It's also about pointing a stake the right way. And there can be splinter issues.
* RealityWarper: Jonathan improves the world greatly by making himself the glorious pinnacle of greatness that he should be by way of a spell.
* ResetButton: The death of the demon reverts reality back to normal, and memories of the events fade away over the next few days. Such a shame.
* [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee The Scoobies Who Say Squee]]
* {{Sexophone}}: Anya and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Xander]] stare at the suave and cool Jonathan playing the trumpet.
-->'''Anya:''' Xander, let's go have sex now.
* ShesBack: Living in a world where the Slayer is overshadowed by Jonathan has dramatically effected Buffy's self-confidence and fighting skills. But as she beats on the demon and Jonathan's staggering power wanes, Buffy starts to enjoy herself.
-->'''Buffy''' (smiling): I remember this. This good.
* ShoutOut: The ''Film/JamesBond'' tux and music.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: During the Scooby MissionBriefing, the brilliant Jonathan takes time out to checkmate Giles.
* SmokeOut: Tara does this with magic.
* SpecialEditionTitle: The spell even spilled over into the TitleSequence, with scenes of Jonathan defusing an IncrediblyObviousBomb and doing a PowerWalk. Much better than the usual fair, of course; it's Jonathan!
* StalkerWithACrush / {{Squee}}: Karen, over Jonathan (as expected, of course).
* ThrowItIn: As it was raining buckets in Los Angeles at the time, the coffee scene was filmed inside the Expresso Pump (extras can be seen holding umbrellas out on the street) and Karen's encounter with the demon takes place in the pouring rain.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Jonathan has a couple of Swedish twins in his BigFancyHouse. Those lucky twins.
* VocalDissonance: Jonathan crooning a forties pop song. Pro athlete, military genius, star of ''The Matrix'', and '''now''' he's Sinatra. Because he's Jonathan. He's just that cool.
* WilliamTelling: Jonathan is shown preparing to shoot apples from the heads of several Initiative soldiers [[YourEyesCanDeceiveYou while blindfolded]], because he's that skilled.
* WrittenSoundEffect: Homaged in Willow's description of her fight with the vampire nest.
-->Twang! Poof!" ''[Tara looks confused]'' That was the sound -- the crossbow, vampire dusting...
* YouGetMeCoffee: Buffy makes a cup of coffee for Jonathan. And what an honor, making coffee for the wonderful, talented, appropriately-heighted Jonathan!