Fanfic / The Devils Truth Series

A lot of issues were never dealt with in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Quietly papered over and ignored because no one wanted to face them. It's a way to quick and easy peace. Unfortunately, that approach leaves gaps. Chinks in the armor. When the fallen angel Belial, the greatest of tempters, comes in from the Outer Dark, the Scooby Gang and especially Buffy are vulnerable to his blandishments.

The Devil's Truth Series tells the story of what happens when a Big Bad with enough knowledge and power forces the Scoobies to face their secrets - all of their secrets - and what comes after.

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The Devils Truth Series contains examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: The Scourge, amongst the demon population not that they're popular amongst the rest of the supernatural community
  • Author Avatar: Belial is basically this for the author, who is displeased about the fact that the many sins of the Scoobies and Angel Investigation teams go unanswered for
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: When he's still trying to tempt Buffy, Belial takes human form. The Metatron takes the form of Alan Rickman
    • While a twenty-foot tall giant with antlers and hooves is hardly "comfortable", at least it's within the parameters of what the Scoobies are prepared to deal with, and in any case much more comfortable than the true form of a god of life and death
  • Armor-Piercing Question: While tempting Buffy, Belial asks Buffy if she knows how many girls were raped in UC Sunnydale
  • Bargain with Heaven: Cordelia goes into a trance to contact the Powers, whom for once give precise, non-vangue instructions. Cordelia even lampshades it
  • Continuity Nod: Belial points all the little sins of the Scoobies:
  • Eldritch Abomination: Angelus in his form as a "true vampire demon". The angels probably count, too. They're just prettier
  • Functional Magic: The Scoobies and Angel Investigations teams make use of all sort of magics for their fight against Angelus
    • Force Magic: Usually when Willow and Tara combine their collective mana to cast stronger spells
    • Ritual Magic: They did this twice, first to cast a hate-bond to track Angelus and later to rein Oz' werewolf curse
    • Theurgy: Invoking the power of gods through seven religious symbolsnote  to allow Cordelia to contact the Powers That Be
  • Gag Penis: Cernunnos is twenty feet tall, but since he's a fertility god, he has one of these even in proportion to his size
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Adverted, the Powers That Be don't intervene because doing so would destroy the Earth
  • Heaven: Faith goes here for a few minutes after she's wounded in battle to recieve instructions on how to defeat Belial. Cordelia later visits it too during an induced trance
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Faith does this to stop Belial. She gets better
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Belial uses this argument during his temptation of Buffy by pointing out that the world is with horrible people
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Faith does this in her Heroic Sacrifice
  • Kill It with Fire: Willow and Tara combine their mana to cast a fireball spell, killing half of the Scourge forces and wounding Angelus
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Belial's goal
  • Listing The Forms Of Degenerates: During his rant about how human evil, he lists that amongst the human evils includes murders, rapists, torturers, abusers, racists, homophobes, liars and thieves
  • Marry Them All: The solution to not one but two love triangles
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Buffy delivers one to Angel. They're usually better matched, but he's talking instead of fighting in the hopes of getting through to her
  • Our Angels Are Different: Belial is too metaphysically "big" to enter our universe, and requires a large natural crystal to use as a "bridgestone". Fortunately, the Hellmouth is happy to provide. When he takes angelic form, he looks like he's made of crystal and his "halo" looks like orbiting stars
    • The Metatron looks like a giant (as in, one eye takes up most of the sky when he opens it) figure made out of night sky and he speaks with a voice like a chorus of people of all ages and sexes speaking in perfect unison
  • Our Demons Are Different: Belial is a fallen angel variant, and once Angelus is pulled out of Angel and becomes a "pure vampire demon", he goes full-bore Eldritch Abomination in short order
  • Powers That Be: Here the Trope Namer|s are composed of angels and pagan gods, instead of being merely powerful Eldritch Abomination|s like in canon
  • Shown Their Work: Played with. Belial talks about how the Claddagh rings are actually wedding ringsnote  which means that when Angel gave them to Buffy, shared vows and then made love for the first time, that's basically a matrimony
  • Status Quo Is God: Invoked. Belial points out that, for all of Buffy's efforts, there are never any fewer vampires and demons in the world
  • Those Wacky Nazis / A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Scourge
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: All over the place. The Scoobies are dealing with gods, archdevils, archangels and other greater forces of the universe in this one, and their sanity is tested. Belial weaponizes it, Metatron's presence drives Cordelia to her knees before he can take a more comfortable form, and simply looking in Cernunnos's eyes burns away Spike's demon and restores his soul
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Cordelia when Belial tells that her 'this conservation is restricted to people who actually have a future' comment was so cold and cruel that it even impressed a devil