[[quoteright:288:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/26384b53bd26308b358ef656104a72af.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:288:"[[BadassBoast I'm the thing that]] [[HorrifyingTheHorror monsters have nightmares about]]."[[note]]That's the one on the left. The one on the right [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out gods]].[[/note]]]]

[[folder: Into every generation a Slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a [[The Chosen One Chosen One ]]
. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer.]]''

In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a hip concept and {{postmodern}} take on the horror genre: the fragile (and doomed) Southern Californian cheerleader attacked by a monster in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a long line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the monsters that stalk the night. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes".

In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the school gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] in Southern California.

As it so happens, [[BusmansHoliday Sunnydale sits on top of a]] {{Hell|Gate}}mouth. Bring along the kiddies!

The Watchers Council, an [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] responsible for training Slayers for the past few millennia, sends Buffy a mentor (Giles) to prepare her for the fights to come. Giles, posing as the school librarian, sets up shop in preparation for the day the Hellmouth reopens. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle evil, all while maintaining her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. This wry awareness of horror movie tropes would be lampshaded (and subverted) throughout the show's 7-year run.

The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. The show pioneered the HalfArcSeason, with a singular villain behind that year's events, and even {{foreshadow|ing}}ed a few major plot developments several ''years'' in advance. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central cast grew like kudzu, with even [[SpearCarrier walk-on roles]] getting a dose of CharacterDevelopment much later on. Just in time for Joss to kill them off, alas.

In 1999, Joss and co-producer David Greenwalt conceived a [[SpinOff spin-off]] starring Buffy's vampiric love interest, Series/{{Angel}} -- the [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] to ''Buffy's'' [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]], if you will. While ''Buffy'' continued to focus on adolescent woe, ''Angel'' revolved around stressed-out twentysomethings with thankless jobs, trying to hold onto their youthful ideals. ''Angel'' ended the only way it could have: the gang sold out and become {{Corporate Sponsored Superhero}}es, much to the disgust of Buffy and her allies, who [[AHouseDivided disavowed them]]. Crossovers and cross-references between the two shows persisted even after ''Buffy'' ended in 2003.

In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a nice nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'').

Nobody can deny or ignore the influence of ''Buffy'' on the TV shows that followed it, both within and outside the genre. Creator/RussellTDavies had at least one eye on this show when he revived ''Series/DoctorWho''.

The producers of the original film (the Kuzui couple listed in the credits) [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld retained the rights]] to ''Buffy'' throughout the show's run despite having no creative involvement past the film. Plans have been proposed to revive/remake the film without Joss Whedon's input. No one involved with the series had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOiyLDsHHfw anything pleasant]] [[http://www.blastr.com/2011/01/6_buffy_veterans_on_a_whe.php to say]] [[http://www.endofshow.com/2010/11/23/buffy-cast-react-to-joss-whedon-less-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-movie-remake/ about it.]]

This series has become one of the most TropeOverdosed and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d shows in existence -- thousands of references to ''Buffy'' exist across this entire wiki -- partially because TVTropes began with a specific focus on ''Buffy'' (based on a 2004 thread on the fan site BuffistasOrg) before branching out to all of TV and eventually all of everything. However, we no longer consider this show as merely Trope Overdosed -- we now officially classify it as kilo{{Wick}} and one of The Truly Awesome. With over 7,000 wicks and a runtime of 6,056 minutes, this page now has over one wick per minute.

You can find certain episode-specific tropes on the [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayer recap page]] and character-specific tropes on its [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayer character pages]]. Has an [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/Buffy episode crowner]] here.

!! ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' has been indexed to avoid one day breaking the site:

* General Tropes
** Buffy/TropesAToG
** Buffy/TropesHToN
** Buffy/TropesOToZ
* Buffy/SeasonSpecificTropes

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