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:
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
- Functional Magic
- 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