Franchise / Buffyverse
The universe of Joss Whedon
and Mutant Enemy
's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, some Spike
comics, and in a later time period, the comic series Fray: Future Slayer
It has been given different names by fans
: Slayerverse, Jossverse, and Whedonverse.
Works that form the Buffyverse canon:Live-Action TelevisionComic Books
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine and Season Ten comic series.
- The Angel & Faith comic series.
- The IDW Angel: After the Fall and Spike: After the Fall comic series.
- The Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires comic series.
- The comic The Origin, which was based on the original film script written by Joss Whedon.
The 1992 film
, the spin-off comics published during the broadcast of the TV shows, and all the spin-off novels are officially non-canonical.
The primary setting elements that make up the Buffyverse are:
- Continuity Overlap
- Character Overlap: Angel, Cordelia, Wesley, Spike, and Harmony all became Angel regulars after debuting on Buffy. A few recurring Buffy characters, including Darla and Drusilla, were also transferred to Angel.
- City of Adventure
- Eldritch Abomination
- Feminist Fantasy: While feminists (particularly third wave) are happy to point out the places where Whedon's writing chops don't quite make the grade, they'll also point out that his work a) is intended to be feminist, b) actually is feminist 90% of the time, c) is miles ahead of most other television, and 2) is damn good television in its own right.
- Functional Magic
- Greater Scope Paragon: The BuffyVerse has the Trope Namers for Powers That Be, who hundreds of years before Angel created a prophecy regarding a vampire with a soul. However, they're unable to directly help the protagonists because their physical avatars got destroyed.
- Our Souls Are Different
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Our Zombies Are Different: "Zombie" appears to be used indiscriminately in the Buffyverse to refer to a variety of types of "walking corpse that isn't a vampire":
- In "Dead Man's Party", the zombies are Voodoo Zombies under the control of an evil spirit inhabiting a cursed mask.
- In "The Zeppo", the undead juvenile delinquents are raised by voodoo rituals, but have a Revenant Zombie's independent volition and intact personality.
- In the Angel episode "The Thin Dead Line", a Knight Templar police captain raises dead cops as Voodoo Zombies and has them continue patrolling the streets, ignoring their tendency to gratuitous violence.
- In the Angel episode "Provider", a character becomes a Revenant Zombie through, it appears, pure will to transcend death.
- In the Angel episode "Habeas Corpses", the Wolfram & Hart building's mystical security system has a last-ditch emergency mode of raising all dead employees as Flesh Eating Zombies, to ensure the death of whoever invaded it.
- Present Day: Generally speaking, the televised Buffyverse took place around the same time it was broadcast.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Both the Scooby Gang and the Angel Investigations team are this, at least at the beginning of the respective series.
- Subculture (wicca, demons)
- True Companions
- Urban Fantasy