Trivia / Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The movie:

  • Acting for Two: In the flashback, the medieval Slayer and her Watcher are played by the same actors as Buffy and Merrick. On the other hand, the Slayer and the Watcher continually reincarnate looking identical to her past lives, so they are theoretically still the same characters.
  • Casting Gag: The Big Bad of the movie was a vampire played by Rutger Hauer. Anne Rice had originally envisioned Hauer as Lestat when she wrote The Vampire Chronicles, but by the time Interview With A Vampire was filmed in the early 90s, she said he was too old to play Lestat.
  • Dawson Casting: 22-year-old Kristy Swanson playing high school senior Buffy.
  • Fake Nationality: The medieval maiden played by the California-born Swanson in the flashback sequences would obviously have to be non-American. She comes off as English (not that Swanson tries very hard), but a brief line by Merrick suggests that she was Hungarian. (In the original script, she's an Italian.)
  • Fake Brit: Merrick, a British character being played by the Canadian Donald Sutherland.
  • Throw It In: Amilyn's ludicrously protracted and over-the-top death in the movie, ad-libbed by Paul Reubens.
  • The Pete Best: Swanson. Then again this was 1992 and it would be five years till the TV series, long after Swanson grew out of the role.
  • Wag the Director: According to Joss Whedon, Donald Sutherland was under the impression that he was the star of the film. And rewrote all of his dialogue.
  • What Could Have Been: Alyssa Milano almost got the lead role in the original movie.
    • The first incarnation of Joss Whedon's idea of "a young woman who is far more than she seems" that eventually developed into Buffy was called "Rhonda the Immortal Waitress".

The TV series:

  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Producers were reluctant to cast Amber Benson as Tara because she was too voluptuous for the supposedly plain girl, but she won them over with her awkwardness.
    • Alyson Hannigan's casting went something like this too. Joss stated that all the other girls who auditioned for Willow wore Nerd Glasses and acted stereotypically nerdy. Alyson won the part based on the fact that she didn't do that.
  • Actor Allusion: Giles piping in "Dance Macabre" during his slideshow presentation in "Hush". Anthony Stewart Head appeared in the pilot of Jonathan Creek, which used this song as its theme.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • James Marsters based his accent on Anthony Stewart Head's. Giles uses an RP English accent on-camera, but his actor sounds like a working-class "tough guy" in real life, using an accent close to Estuary English. Head uses it for Giles' adolescent persona in "Band Candy."
    • In "Nightmares", Buffy's personal nightmare is being buried alive by the Master. Sarah Michelle Gellar is terrified of graveyards for this same reason, which is amusing seeing as her character was buried alive twice in the show ("Nightmares" and "Bargaining Pt. 1"), and spends most of her evenings in graveyards.
    • Alyson Hannigan maintains that she cannot sing or dance (which hasn't stopped multiple writers from shoehorning her into splashy musical numbers, but oh well), mirroring Willow's nightmare of being forced to sing Madame Butterfly. ("Nightmares")
    • Baby Buffy went through a phase during which she idolized ice skater Dorothy Hamill. Gellar enjoys figure skating in real life, a skill which was put to good use in "What's My Line Pt 1".
    • The scene in "Lovers Walk" where Cordelia gets impaled is based on a real incident. At five years old, playing around a swimming pool that was still under construction, Charisma Carpenter fell onto a piece of rebar. Only in real life she fell off a horse and not through stairs.
    • Faith became a Boston native after Eliza Dushku was cast, though Eliza herself is actually from Watertown rather than South Boston like Faith.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For Joss Whedon.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar disliked Season 6 because of the dark tone of the storylines. She also wasn't a fan of the extensive preparation that had to be done for the Musical Episode.
    • Most of the cast came to hate the library scenes because they would take forever to film.
    • James Marsters was so disturbed by Spike's attempted rape of Buffy that he had it written into his contract that he would never film such scenes again.
    • Seth Green disliked being Out of Focus in Season 3, as he hated having to show up for work when he'd only have one or two lines the whole time. This is why Oz gets Put on a Bus midway through Season 4.
  • Creator's Favorite: Xander (who was a stand in for Joss), Dawn (with her actress being such a big fan of the series, focus was given to her), and Kennedy (Whedon really liked the character and gave a lot of focus to her) being standouts.
  • The Danza: Larry Bagby III as Larry Blaisdell. DB Woodside as Robin Wood.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Some actors were a full decade older than their characters. In an extreme example, Charisma Carpenter was 26 when she played 16-year-old Cordelia.
    • Averted by Dawn and Faith, who are both the same age as the actresses playing them (Eliza Dushku was even legally emancipated from her parents so she wouldn't be limited by child labor laws).
  • Fake Brit:
    • Spike, played by American James Marsters.
    • Wesley, played by Seattle native Alexis Denisof.
  • Fake Irish: Boreanaz's accent leaves much to be desired.
  • Fanon: Many fanfics paint the idea that Dawn is actually the daughter of Spike and Buffy, the monks using DNA from both.
  • He Also Did: Nicholas Brendon (the guy who played Xander) has a webcomic.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The external (and some internal) shots of Sunnydale High School are of Torrance High, the same school used for the Beverly Hills 90210
    • The exterior of Angel's mansion is of Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, a popular shooting location.
    • Buffy's old school, Hemery High, is the clock tower made famous in Back to the Future.
    • "Fear Itself" took place in what would become better known as the Murder House house in American Horror Story: Murder House.
    • The battle between the Slayers and Kakistos ("Faith, Hope, and Trick") takes place inside L.A. Firestation 23, also used as HQ for the Ghostbusters.
    • The Gentlemen are seen floating down the same street that later served as Wisteria Lane.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Real life example: Robia LaMorte's (miss Calendar) surname means "(the) death" in Italian and "the dead woman" in French.
  • The Other Darrin: Nikki Wood, the second slayer Spike kills, is played by a stuntwoman in "Fool For Love." When The First assumes her shape in Season 7, she was recast as a more vulnerable-looking actress.
    • Buffy's old mentor Merrick looks different in a season 2 flashback.
  • The Other Marty: Riff Regan played Willow in the unaired Proof of Concept to sell the show but never intended to play her in the series.
  • Playing Against Type: So Seth Green isn't the Plucky Comic Relief?
  • Promoted Fangirl:
    • Michelle Trachtenberg was a huge fan of Buffy before being signed onto the show, and once told Joss "There was never a Buffy episode that sucked. I love you!"
    • When "Lover's Walk episode originally aired in the US, it was followed by an advert for the phone service 1800-COLLECT, in which Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz offered a prize of a walk-on part in "The Prom."
  • Real-Life Relative: Nick Brendon's twin brother worked as his stunt double, and they also brought him in to play Xander's magically created double in season five's "The Replacement".
  • Recycled: The Series: Although not so much recycled as "remade properly" according to Joss Whedon's vision.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • Here's an odd one: Amber Benson and Adam Busch... who played Tara and Warren respectively.
    • Alyson Hannigan (Willow) is married to Alexis Denisof (Wesley).
  • Throw It In:
    • The famous Mutant Enemy title card was reportedly scribbled by Whedon with only seconds to go until broadcast.
    • In "Innocence", The scene where Angel dumps Buffy in his apartment was originally supposed to take place on Buffy's lawn. Halfway through shooting the scene, SMG and David Boreanaz told Joss that the scene wasn't working, so he moved it to the bedroom. Buffy can still heard saying she saw him "at the house". She was so Lost in Character afterwards they had to close down the set for half an hour, being that invested in the romance.
    • The gag in "Earshot" with Giles walking into a tree was ad-libbed by Anthony Stewart Head. He never dreamed Joss would keep in the cut.
    • In the Season Three finale, Cordelia cowers behind the diminutive Jonathan. According to Danny Strong, this scene was an idea of Charisma's, because she was leaving for Angel and never got much screen time with him.
  • Too Soon: The episode "Earshot", which depicts a student bringing a rifle to school (albeit to kill himself and no one else), was set to air within a week of Columbine and was therefore delayed until after the season finale, which was also delayed in light of Columbine because of the destruction of Sunnydale High School.
  • Throw It In: Not in the original work but in the motion comic Anywhere But Here there is a scene where Kennedy guesses Willow is upset about Tara's death. A line's added that makes her look like Queen Bitch.
  • Trope Namer: For...
  • And the former Trope Namer for:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • At the height of its popularity, a animated version was considered. They had got the designs down and even made a promo. But no network was willing to buy it and it wound up dropped in the end. Though it did get a nod in the season 8 comic which somewhat lampshades the missed opportunity.
    • Joss Whedon planned to make a spin-off called "Ripper", about Giles' adventures in England. At first it was meant to be a show, then a mini-series, then finally a made-for-TV movie. Apparently, he still hopes to make it.
    • After the series ended, Eliza Dushku was offered her own spin-off series as the character Faith. But then she turned it down to do Tru Calling.
    • Amongst those who auditioned for Buffy were Katie Holmes and Selma Blair.
    • Ryan Reynolds was originally offered the role of Xander. He passed on it because of his own awful high school experiences. "I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon," Reynolds told 'The Toronto Star' in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school."
    • Nathan Fillon auditioned for Angel. He played Caleb in the last season.
    • Dawn was originally intended to have the power to speak to the dead. She was also supposed to be able to move objects with her mind. These powers were later dropped.
    • Originally, Whedon didn't want either of Buffy's parents to appear as characters on the show. Accepting that that could get complicated, he settled on just having her mother, Joyce, appear in a nearly regular role, while Buffy's father Hank appeared in very few episodes.
    • Oz was originally supposed to wear thick rimmed glasses, much like the lead singer of Weezer. This was dropped at the last minute as Whedon felt that it looked tacky.
    • Whedon toyed with the idea of making Xander gay instead of Willow.
    • Spike, Oz, Faith, Wesley and Drusilla were all supposed to be killed off, but have ended up living long past their initial storylines. Also, Jenny and Joyce were supposed to be killed off sooner than they were.
    • The Oz-Veruca storyline in season four was supposed to last longer, but had to be cut short when Seth Green left the series.
    • According to Nicholas Brendon, he and Sarah Michelle Gellar proposed a storyline for season seven where Xander and Buffy get together romantically. Their idea was shot down, and they continued with the Buffy-Spike relationship.
    • The Master was originally supposed to have a beard and long hair before Mark Metcalf suggested the bald look as a homage to Nosferatu.
    • James Marsters originally auditioned for Spike with a Texan accent. This was quickly jettisoned in favor of a London accent instead.
  • You Look Familiar: Spice Williams plays the police instructor who tries to murder Buffy, Patrice, in "What's My Line?" She also appeared in "The Zeppo" as a member of the Sisterhood of Jhe, and later turned up on Angel as a convict hired to kill Faith in prison.
    • Jeff Kober first appeared in season three episode "Helpless" as a vampire named Kralik. He appeared again during season six as warlock Rack.
    • Brian Thompson portrays the vampire "Luke" in season 1, aswell as the demon called "The Judge" in season 2.
    • Tom Lenk plays a vampire lackey to Harmony a few season before playing Tucker's brother (and a member of the Trio).

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