Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Wishverse Willow was sired by Xander, who was sired by Jessie.In the main Buffyverse, Willow only gets picked up by that vampire due to Buffy's encouragement. Lacking that, only Jessie would have been picked up. Due to this, it is likely that Xander was turned by him, his best friend. Wherever Jessie is doesn't matter. Xander, however, clearly didn't just turn Willow. Her entire personality is different, which doesn't normally happen for vamps, not at their core. Liam was an asshole, Angelus was a major asshole. William was a hopeless romantic, Spike was a violent hopeless romantic. Drusilla was crazy, and just became crazy with a side of bloodlust after being turned. Even vamp Xander just seems to be Xander with the asshole part of him taken Up to 11. Instead, I believe he did much the same thing Angelus did with Dru. I believe that he killed her family, tormented her and broke her before turning her.
Anya purposely acts how she does.She was able to get into the Cordettes easily and continued to be open about her horniness and greed for years. I think she was doing it on purpose for the lulz.
In the future, Willow makes Xander, from birth, almost unkillable.The main evidence for this is the abuse Xander suffered throughout the show. Olaf's hammer knocks him out yet it's strong enough to beat the shit out of Glory. Unless the guy has something like this going for him there's no way that could work.
Giles HAS been brain damaged throughout the show.The results of this is the fact that over the course of the show, he becomes more and more Ripper-like, with him using dark magic to put a force field in around a man's brain using the guy's own book. The guy can break out of any spell in his own book. His brain breaks out of his skull.
Buffy/Willow is going to become canon in Season 9.Mainly going off of stuff in Season 8, Buffy is possibly bi and is hinted to have a crush on Willow, Willow clearly has one on her, and it would piss off Kennedy, something that would make fans everywhere cheer.
Unseen Nightmares during Nightmares:(Note: It was implied that all of reality was being effected)
As an alternate for the last sentence in the below WMG...The prophecy has been fulfilled. The first bit here is fact. Joyce, who has been assumed to be the First, said that when the time comes Buffy won't chose Dawn. At one point, Dawn was believed to be a Potential. This is where conjecture comes in. There is another WMG that theorizes that she really was one and that they just made sure that the spell didn't activate her. The evidence to support this is that Xander's speech on the importance of normals seems too rehearsed. Now, here's where things get a little more proofy. In the final episode, they activate all the Potential Slayers. If Dawn was one and they purposely didn't activate her then it's likely that it really was Joyce in CWDP and that the prophesy came true. The role of the Slayer is sometimes referred to as the Chosen One. The final episode was called Chosen. If Dawn was a Potential and she wasn't activated, she wasn't chosen. Buffy would have made this call. So, to sum things up, the time came and Buffy didn't choose Dawn. One further note of proof is that were Faith to die, being the natural Slayer, the line would have one place to go if there was only one unactivated Potential. That would be Dawn. This would most likely destroy any sort of relationship Dawn and the others, especially Buffy, had. As we all know, Joss Whedon loves Angst and making his characters miserable. This would fit right in with what he loves to do.
That really was Joyce in Conversations With Dead People.Too many things don't add up. First off, the First can't touch things. Dawn was bleeding from her mouth, had a cut on her face and the house was basically destroyed. That evolves alot of contact, something that he can't do. Second, lets say that for some reason he could do all that stuff. Why not do it again and again throughout the season? Even if he some limited contact ability, why not just use that to use a gun and shoot Willow in the face? It would be far more effective to just kill Willow rather than terrify and trick Dawn. Third, the First has only been seen impersonating one person in a single area. We see an all black figure that is almost certainly not human (he can only impersonate dead people) and Joyce on the couch. Another thing he never does is glow. The First doesn't glow. Joyce glows. What this adds up to is that Joyce really did come back and that the prophecy may not have been fulfilled yet.
When Dawn tried to bring Joyce back from the deadwhat came back was a Homunculus. Two blond siblings, one older, more knowledgable about the ways of power, one younger and more naive, try to bring back their dead mother. Regardless of what side of the gate they're on, they will both get the same thing. A horrific monster that looks like their mother, but is really a soulless abomination.
The amulet which Spike used inside the hellmouth was meant to go to Dawn.No higher beings ever say that Dawn is no longer the Key, it is simply assumed by Dawn and the Scoobies that that aspect of her existence was used up in Glory's attempt to return home (even though the monks believed that the key's energies would not be consumed until all dimensions were one). When Willow goes insane, she threatens to turn Dawn back into a ball of energy. The First, known for tormenting people with harsh truths, tells Dawn that Buffy will not choose her. As Angel understands it, the amulet should go to "someone ensouled, but stronger than a human" which he takes to mean another Champion like himself. But, Dawn frequently feels remorse for her oft selfish actions, and is readily able (with only Xander at her side) to defend one of the exits of Sunnydale High, and even takes out several turok-hans herself during the fight.
Someone or something caused the spell in Tabula Rasa to screw up.Take a look at the sparks that ignite the bag. First off, they're green. Why would they be green? Second, they fly straight to the corners of the bag. Third, they ignite the entire bag. Two tiny sparks would not do that. Something MADE it do that. Top contenders would be The First Evil (remember, he was given the ability to do his S7 plan due to Buffy being brought back so logically he could act before then as well) and Tara (she had been trying to get Willow to almost completely quit magic (and I still blame her for the magic addiction plot) so why not?).
Giles is a Time Lord.His claim that he was dying after getting beaten by Dark Willow near the end of season 6 is because, like the 10th Doctor, he though of regeneration as death. In fact, he did regenerate but due to being able to control it he kept his look. The problem is is that his personality still changed, making him a bit crueler than before. He most likely doesn't even know his origins.
Xander didn't summon Sweet.Xander knew all too well not to mess around with magic - especially after a certain love spell nearly got torn apart by a mob of crazed woman. What actually happened in "Once More With Feeling" was that Xander realized Sweet didn't know for certain who had summoned him, and gambled on the demon being heterosexual. This is why he was Easily Forgiven for getting a few people killed - he explained later it wasn't him.
Sweet is actually the most powerful being in the Buffyverse.Sweet is so powerful in the universe that taking over or destroying the world would be way too easy. It's more fun for him to spirit around the place making people dance and reveal all their secrets. It wasn't even his talisman that Dawn had on, he just found out she'd stolen it in a song we never got to see and thought he'd play along with it. It also explains how he could just disregard his rules as he saw fit, since he didn't actually have rules. When he sends out his minions he isn't worried in the least, as he can just power them up as needed, seen when Spike says how strong one is, yet Buffy defeats them in one or two shots each. He's also stupidly laid back, to the point where he doesn't even try to scare Buffy, and when she is stopped from burning by Spike he isn't even worried, just amused. In the end he senses some pretty strong power in Willow and thinks it would be more fun to take a step back and watch the inevitable fireworks. Personally, I remain convinced that Sweet could tap dance into the Hellmouth itself and all the Turok-Han would be doing a dance number with vocals from a manifestation of the First. Even Dark Willow would have a stirring revenge song lined up.
Caleb's Soul is damned to live many different lifetimes until he learns to be a good person.These lifetimes include Castle and Mal. He's currently on his final lifetime, Nathan Fillion. The PTB are just getting a good laugh out of it now.
Mayor Wilkins was a Black ThornAnd was Ascending to join the Senior Partners. Mayor Wilkins is evil, an accomplished sorcerer and has numerous vital connections to keep him in power, just like the rest of the Black Thorn. We know from the series finale with Angel that the Black Thorn includes at least one corrupt politician who surrounds themselves with vampire lackeys. His involvement with the Senior Partners led to them offering him the opportunity to join them on their plane, which he had to Ascend into a true demon in order to do. This also explains why he was willing to give up his invulnerability.
Twilight is Edward CullenLook at the above description of him. The fact that he calls himself "Twilight". He scratches his skin so that Buffy won't notice that it sparkles. He wants to kill Buffy because some of the vampires that she killed used to be his friends.
Twilight is AndrewTwilight knows Buffy, appears human, has a strong tendency to monologue, loses his train of thought in the midst of convoluted explanations, has itchy skin, and most damning of all: he's dressed like a tacky Supervillain. Most of the plot of season 8 has been Andrew playing various mystical factions against each other and especially against Buffy Summers, the one person he knows can take on ANYTHING, in order to eliminate them in prep for his final plan. He even manipulated the vampires in Tokyo into developing the ability to remove the Slayer's powers, then assisted in their defeat using his inside knowledge of their mech's design.
Dawn will be instrumental to the defeat of Twilight in Season 8Aside from the obvious parralelism in their names, theres's quite a lot of potential to support this. Twilight plans to banish all demons and all magic from the world, a truly epic task requiring unbelievable power over dimensions. Who is the only being we know with the power to literally bring about the end of the multiverse by conjoining all dimensions? Also, in the backstory of Fray we see the aftermath of a battle against demons at a huge dimensional rip, like the kind that Dawn's blood can produce under the right circumstances. I find it shockingly improbable, even with the rampant narrative causality in the Buffyverse caused by the Hellmouths, that the Key, a mysteriously created artifact that has existed for 'just this side of forever', happened to have been created for a single use during the sixty years or so that Glory would have had to live as a mortal before dropping dead. Simply put, the Key is too important and has too big a destiny to fizzle into irrelevence after some exiled hellgod fails to use it to go home. Now that the key is in the form of Dawn, she will have to find some way to either use her power to counter Twilight's or to complete Twilight's goal herself without the genocide and bloodshed his plan entails.
Cassie's name was written in a Death NoteI don't know if you remember Cassie, but she appeared in an episode of Season 7 claiming she was going to die on a certain day. On that day, Buffy rescues her from a bunch of kids trying to sacrifice her to a demon, and on the way out of there she has a sudden heart attack and dies. Now, in Death Note, you can write conditions for someone's death, but if that's not possible, they'll just have a heart attack at the appointed time. So maybe someone wrote Cassie name and 'sacrificed to a demon', and a certain time on that day, but Buffy saved her so she couldn't be sacrificed to a demon. Hence the heart attack instead.
Dawn got hit by a meteor full of QuantoniumSeriously, what the hell is a "thricewise"? It sounds like a made up word. Wanna know why? Because Dawn made it up. Dawn was really hit by a meteor full of Quantonium. He realized that Buffy isn't used to the concept of alien beings, so she came up with a fantasy/magical explanation of what happened so she would believe her. The reason why Dawn's clothes grew with her? Dawn's Weirdness Censor. Susan wasn't familiar with strange and supernatural events, so she had less control over the powerful abilities Quantonium grants you, hence her ripping out of her clothes. Since Dawn is more used to strange things, she exerted subconscious control over the Quantonium so that her clothes would grow with her. The reason why she changes into a centaur and a doll is because her control over the Quantonium is merely subconscious, and thus can't fully harness her new powers. And the reason why those two bad guys in Tokyo didn't remember building Mecha Dawn? That's because they didn't. It was built by Gallaxhar in an effort to get his Quantonium back.
Supernatural affinity among humans affects sexual orientation or orientation determines affinity for the supernaturalIn real life the number of homosexual and bisexual people is numbered at around 12% but in the Buffyverse there are almost as many bisexuals and homosexuals as heterosexuals. However this only pertains to humans with supernatural affinities. The two main witches are lesbian (Willow and Tara), several Slayers are revealed to be homosexual before and after activation. Buffy herself had a one night stand with a fellow Slayer in Season 8. So perhaps a persons affinity for the supernatural is determined by their sexual orientation or their sexual orientation determines their affinity for the supernatural.
One or more of the characters is a Time Lord.
Recklessness is part of being a vampireConsider: Towards the end of the series, Buffy is usually recognized on sight by attacking vampires, yet they still attack her. Seldom do you see a vampire flee, even when they're clearly losing. Nor do they tend to beg for their lives. Indeed, the psychologist vampire in "Conversations With Dead People" seemed remarkably unconcerned about the fact that Buffy was planning to kill him - he didn't even get offended by it! Both Angel and Spike regularly traveled around by day under flimsy shelter, especially Spike (often heading over to visit Buffy by day on a whim). Angel also has Chronic Hero Syndrome, which includes an element of recklessness.
Alternately Buffy (and all other Slayers) exude a "Slayer Pheromone" that draws Vampires, Demons, and other supernatural creatures to them.This is to prevent those creatures from attacking as many innocents. Instead they are just drawn to the current Slayer, and attack her without consciously realizing what makes them want to target her.
Buffy and Angel are a Batman Gambit by the vampire population of the real worldAngel from Buffy and Angel sparked a wave of adoration and worship of the Vampire. Twilight, True Blood, and many more have all taken this devotion to the next level where Vampires are no longer the bloodthirsty and dark creatures they used to be. Without Angel to lead the way, it is unlikely that such an even would've occurred. Therefore, the character of Angel was a Batman Gambit by the vampire population of our earth to make vampires appear sexy and desirable so they could eventually reveal themselves and be free from persecution to kill us all.
The First won. It possessed Buffy in the CavernAn army of primitive vampires would not be enough to take over or destroy the world - the US military has more than enough napalm to stop them. Its plan was always to get all the Slayers activated. Activating all potential Slayers at once would end the Slayer line of succession, preventing any more Slayers being activated ever again.
The place Marcie gets taken at the end of "Out of Mind... Out of Sight" in S1 is The Academy in its early infancy on Earth-that-was.Government functionaries who wear suits and come in pairs? Check. Teaching insane teenage girls to kill? Check. In a Joss Whedon series? Check.
Slayer's powers increase dramatically after their 18th birthdayWhen a Slayer turns 18 they gain such an increase in abilities that they become a threat to the Watcher's Council. Why else would the Watcher's Council set up an almost impossible task to test the Slayer at their 18th birthday? It makes far more sense to let the Slayer continue to fight rather than practically force them to die then have to spend resources finding and subsequently training a new Slayer unless the Slayer posed some sort of threat to the organization.
The Slayer is Neo.Building off of the previous WMG the world has to be kept in balance. As the Slayer grows in strength (or number) the amount and strength of the evil automatically balances the equation. Killing the Slayer while she's still young and weak (or in Buffy's case not the Slayer because Faith is THE Slayer) keeps the world world safe by keeping the evil low end. It also explains the Trio. With Buffy completely off after being yanked from heaven there was no need for enormous evil. Back Story of the series, with the Earth being home to eldritch monsters in prehistory, is all but identical with that of the Mythos.
Harmony Kendall is Amanda Buckman from The Addams Family movies under an assumed name.After her (and her family's) disastrous encounters with the Addamses in Addams Family Values, the entire Buckman clan fled and changed their names to escape the family of occult-loving psychopaths which had targeted them. Unfortunately, they had been "tainted" by the Addamses' attentions and were inevitably drawn to Sunnydale. The Addams influence may have even contributed to Harmony becoming a vampire.
Willow is bi.She only decided to turn Rick into a girl after Anya mentioned it, when she realized it would be a perfect way to cut out the competition.
Not only is Willow bi, the reason she's not into guys any more is magical backlash from the spell against Oz and Veruca.It was a "screw these two out of ever being able to enjoy love" spell, and the candles and potions were already hovering. All the power and intent was there, but Willow just let it all slough off when she dropped Oz's photo onto the counter instead of in the fire. The spell just isn't formulated to account for bisexuality, and possibly not for homosexuality either unless the targets were each the same sex as the other, which is why Willow was still able to fall for Tara. This is also why Oz leaves- while it makes sense that he should go somewhere without humans to work on control after going after Willow once he killed Veruca in her defense, the spell pushed him further in that direction, and made Willow feel worse about it (possibly) and get caught up on those feelings and what she felt for Oz any time she would have felt something remotely romantic about a guy (eventually making it magic-powered aversion therapy, like the original spell would probably have been a form of).
Warren built a robot Buffy first.It's rather suspicious that Warren's robotic girlfriend is strong enough to fight Buffy on an equal footing — surely it would be simpler to make a human-strength robot. It becomes even more suspicious when you realize the robot is about Buffy's height and build; and Warren admits to knowing Buffy from high school. Obviously, Warren's first robot was a copy of Buffy, super-strength included. He just changed its appearance later on, perhaps because he was afraid Buffy would discover it. This meant he could easily change it back when Spike requested the Buffybot.
Leprechauns do exist in the Buffyverse.Buffy insists that she doesn't believe in coincidences or leprechauns. The fact that all other creatures of folklore exist in the Buffyverse makes it a lot easier to believe that leprechauns do.
Buffy Came Back Wrong.It goes a long way towards explaining why she's such an uncaring, domineering bitch in the last two seasons. Some small part of her soul or essence was left behind because Willow's resurrection spell was interrupted by the biker demons at 99% completion. Buffy worries about this during Season 6 (when Spike's chip no longer recognizes her as human); Tara gives her some bizarre, vague Superfriends-esque explanation about "molecules", and then it's never brought up again. Tara was lying.
Slayers are modified vampires.There are many supernatural abilities that would be useful if you were designing a vampire hunter. But Slayers just have super-strength, rapid healing, and mystical connections with other Slayers that influence their dreams. Just like vampires have super-strength, rapid healing, and mystical connections with other vampires that influence their dreams. Plus, the Slayer creation process puts demonic energy into a human body, which has obvious similarities to the vampire creation process.
The parasitic 'demon' entities powering the Slayers, and possibly the vampires and such, are...Goa'uld.
Spike is braindamaged.Spike's spikefication didn't take hold until he developed his crush on one Buffy Summers. The episode in which we first learn about this crush just so happens to be the one in which a doctor had randomly cut into his brain trying (and failing) to remove one annoying chip. Moreover, Spike's sudden crush came as quite a shock even to him. Just out of the blue. While healing. From the brain operation. His spikefication didn't start to accelerate until his Buffy-crush; this crush, and thus the entirety of his spikefication, are a direct result of the brain-cutting. His mind didn't heal correctly.
Doctor Who and Buffy share a universe.The vampires and assorted nasties are not aliens, no. No, they have trickled through all through history. But when the Carrionites tear time/space holes in "The Shakespeare Code", they create a semi-dormant link to Quor-Toth, an alternate earth from a history where the Carrionites destroyed the Eternals rather than the Eternals banishing them. The Powers That Be are agents of the White Guardian, The Eternals, or both. The Master is... The Master, probably from the time he was stuck in his last body or else a new body he stole after "Survival" but before the movie.
The Initiative Airs Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the BuffyverseAfter the fall of The Initiative, the government began a project to obfuscate the existence of Slayers and Demons in the world. To this end, they enlist the aid of The
Rupert Giles was killed by Brother Lassar.Lassar then copied his form and used it to infiltrate a school. See Doctor Who season 2/season 28 (depends how you count), "School Reunion". Or Brother Lassar just saw Giles in some Sunnydale High-related activity (school librarians' conference maybe?) and decide that he like Giles' form and soe copied it.
Willow is one of the Powers That Be.She merely forgot who and what she was. It explains her sexual identity confusion (the PTB's are genderless), her intelligence, and her disproportionately rapid growth of skills with both information systems and magic. It also explains why she grows arrogant the more power she uses (although this has happened in Real Life to people who gain only a little power).
Claymores are Slayers.Female warriors created by a shadowy organisation by infusing girls with demonic/yoma power. Does this seem familiar? Demonic powers are stronger in the Claymore-verse, making the Claymores more powerful, but Claymores are at risk of succumbing to their demonic nature themselves. Also note that in the Buffyverse, there are no male Slayers known to exist; in the Claymore universe, attempts at creating male warriors were abandoned because they fell to their demonic nature too easily... perhaps the same thing happened when the watchers tried to infuse a male with Slayer power in the Buffyverse?
The real reason the Watchers are British...Is that, as everyone knows, the best thing to have after you've given blood (or just had your neck savaged by a brutal gang of undead monsters) is a cup of hot sweet tea. Basing the operation in Britain was a shortcut to this basic survival method.
Tara was killed by a sniper sent by The First or some other agent of the apocalypseIt strains credibility (even within the context of the show) that the shot that killed Tara could have come from Warren's gun. Someone was trying to bring about the End of the World, and it simply coincided with Warren's attack on the Scoobies.
The Watchers and Slayers are headquartered in a tropical region or a desert for near-constant vamp-killing rays.This would explain the origins of several different religions that hail from desert, semi-arid, or tropical regions.
Willow Didn't Restore Amy to Human FormThe "Amy" Willow supposedly restored is a demon who took advantage of Willow's mental state during the "magical addiction" arc to manifest as Amy, disposing of the real Amy by eating her, absorbing her, or squirreling her away in a Hell Dimension. The first time we see Amy Madison (S1), she's a meek, frightened girl trapped in her mother's body. Later (S2), we see her using not-especially-powerful magic to fake good grades and botch a love spell (aided by Xander's mixed feelings); then we see her change herself irreversibly into a rat (S3). Three years later (S6), we see Willow finally figure out how to change Amy back; in a peculiar use of her powers, she somehow magically devises the spell to accomplish that. While the restored Amy is superficially similar to the girl Willow knew in high school, she's markedly more powerful than before, at the lower end of S6's Willow's power range. She's also amoral; she mind-controls pretty girls to be smitten with Willow. Then she shifts over to outright hostile and evil by cursing Willow in S7 while helping Warren fake his death and working on his side, according to the S8 comic. Considering Willow's resurrect-Buffy spell, made carefully during a saner time, may have been flawed, there's no reason to assume that the wildly off-the-cuff rat-to-Amy spell worked as advertised.
Amy's time spent stuck as a rat messed with her mind.See Animorphs, specifically the character David
Harmony never had a soul, not even as a humanThis is why her personality got slightly better (taking her appearances in Angel into account). Becoming a vampire simply gave her a taste for blood.
Vampires take on the "shape" of their host personalities.Drusilla was already insane when she turned, so vamp Dru is also insane. William was a determined idealist, and he kept his idealism until Angelus finally stomped on it and remade him as Spike. Liam didn't have any defining traits, which let Angelus's demonic side kick into overdrive (which, ironically, is what gave Angel a belated sense of purpose once he got his soul back). Harmony's big personality trait is that she wants to belong, and so, even as a vampire, she's still seeking validation and trying to get people to like her.
Tara faked her own death or killed herself offRemember, Tara was the mysterious spirit guide in Buffy's visions before. She came in and did her thing to shake up the Scoobies (Willow ended up plowing through her evil to become an uber-powerful White Witch); and then, when it was time, she 'left'. At the very least, Tara was an agent of the Powers That Be.
Tara is fighting evil in another dimensionThe First could imitate any dead person, but it did not assume the shape of Tara when trying to tempt Willow towards suicide in "Conversations with Dead People" - instead, it awkwardly assumed the guise of a ghost who claimed to be in contact with her, as if there was something special about Tara that would prevent it from doing so. There was: at or after her death, Tara ascended as a servant of the Powers That Be. Ever since, she's been a glowy spirit-entity working to make the universe a better place.
The Prize from Highlander is to become The SlayerWhen The Gathering ended with only one immortal remaining in the late 1990s, that Immortal (Amanda) gained vast physical power beyond a normal Immortal and nigh-omniscience. Unfortunately, Ahriman/The First killed her. The Prize then passed to another but was twisted so that the "omniscience" portion was not accessible to a mind as small as that of a mortal human - only someone with centuries of context or or the free association of the unconscious (for example, someone who is dreaming) could gain its vast knowledge.
Xander is another female Slayer.The line diverged before Buffy drowned. Xander has been called as well. This is how 'he' can survive getting beaten and broken and stabbed in the eye and so forth. Everyone tolerates Xander's male delusion; it's harmless compared to, yanno, Angel going balls-evil.
Xander is a male carrier of the Slayer Gene.It's clearly X-linked, and males are called enough to get better-than-human damage resistance, but not enough to get any other part of the package, or be considered part of the line. This also explains his attraction to Slayers, especially Faith and Buffy: it's the Slayer spirit urging the production of more Slayers or carriers.
Xander deliberately avoids relationships with weaker women because he's afraid of becoming abusive.Xander is afraid that he will become an abuser like his father, and so deliberately avoids a relationship with Willow earlier on.
Buffy was hand-picked by the Powers That Be to be the Slayer as part of a Gambit Roulette to replace the ineffective Watchers' Council with the more powerful Scooby Gang.Normally, the Slayer is picked at random from the few thousand or so Potential Slayers active at any time. However, the Powers That Be deliberately intervened to ensure that Buffy was picked over all the other Slayers because they knew she was different. They knew that Lothos would kill Merrick before he had a chance to "properly" train Buffy - she would learn on her own. They knew she would end up in Sunnydale (being from Los Angeles, she would inevitably be drawn towards the Hellmouth). They knew that Buffy would never accept orders from the Council - or anyone else. They knew she would recruit civilian allies who would become powerful warriors in their own right. Eventually, this would have led to a power play between the Watcher's Council and the Scooby Gang, which the Scoobies would win. This came to pass in "Checkpoint". It is likely, that had a new Slayer been called prior to the destruction of Sunnydale (say, if Faith had died in prison), the new Slayer would have been brought to Sunnydale.
Twilight has a hold over Riley.Riley Think about it. The man's already betrayed one military organisation for Buffy's sake. Why would you trust a guy who's done that to be The Mole? Answer: Twilight has Sam held hostage to ensure he remains a double agent.
Xena: Warrior Princess was a Slayer.And/or
If Buffy turns evil, then Spike will be compelled to kill or redeem her, or else lose his soul.Angel got his soul as a curse. Therefore, he loses his soul whenever it stops being a curse—that is, when it makes him happy. Spike got his soul "so Buffy can get what she deserves". So he should lose his soul if Buffy ever doesn't get what she deserves.
Slayer healing abilities are not limited to physical injuries.They also extend to mental scars. All of the Scoobies are Woobies to some extent, but Buffy takes the cake. Yet none of the trauma she suffers ever lasts more than a few episodes. The exception is the scarring from her death and resurrection, but she even recovers from that by Season Seven. Apparently, Slayers are mentally tough as well as physically - which would make sense, given their job description.
The Watcher's Council has been outright evil since foreverThey do their thing to knock off the competition. They do good as a propoganda machine. Saving the world means that there is a world for them to screw around with, like how Lex Luthor has assisted in saving the world because it's where he keeps all his stuff.
The True Purpose of The Watcher's Council is to Prevent the Slayer From Becoming PowerfulAnd they might be working for The First. Everything they have ever done has been to prevent Buffy from making a move she knows she ought to from the start, and they never seem to do anything to help her unless she uses considerable pressure. A few Watchers were chosen to join the council and establish a pretense of being good protectors of The Slayer, chosen because the council believes they will be inefficient in preparing The Slayer for her duties.
The Watcher's Council is (Partially) a FraudThe Watcher's Council was one of many occult orders founded by self-interested Victorian would-be wizards in the late 19th century. Unlike most, they gained power and prominence for successfully finding real occult knowledge. Then, they lucked out big time, and discovered either the Slayer Line, or the means to create/activate it. Getting their hands on a form of mystic champion they could control put them over the top. The whole story about the origins of the Slayer and how the Watcher's Council exists to aid her in fighting evil? Mostly invented, for the benefit of better controlling the Slayer. Also why they try to kill off Slayers that get to old; younger Slayers are easier to control. The handful of decent Watchers are basically dupes, who joined the organization off their propaganda and haven't been told the real truth of why the order exists: the power and profit of its inner circle.
The Cruciamentum is necessary and has grading scales.The Cruciamentum is in fact a test that all in-the-field Watchers and the mercenaries they hire to deal with vampires must go through.
Kennedy knew about Willow's sexuality before they even met.In "The Killer In Me", Kennedy describes the process of figuring out a girl's sexuality ("flirting in code"). The process she describes is slow. But Kennedy was coming on to Willow pretty quickly, and Willow couldn't have been giving off a lot of signals without us noticing. Most likely, Giles briefed the Potentials on the situation in Sunnydale on the way over, and either told them about Tara or simply mentioned that Willow was lesbian.
One of the minor Slayer powers is the ability to function without sleep.Throughout her career, Buffy is shown as getting by with very little sleep. In the first three seasons, she usually gets back from patrol well after midnight, but she manages to get up in the morning for school after what can't be more than a few hours of sleep. It is also unlikely that she compensates by sleeping in on weekends - Joyce would have noticed if Buffy was normally getting up at around three in the afternoon on Saturday. More likely, the most important functions of sleep - healing and processing of nutrients - are taken care of by Slayer healing. Buffy needs sleep mostly for psychological reasons.
Potential Slayers aren't chosen by fate. They just fit the profile.The gist of this theory is that it takes a certain mix of physical and mental characteristics to handle Slayer power, beyond being female. All the Potentials, and all the girls activated in "Chosen", seem to fit a certain physical profile - adolescent, good physical shape. Beyond that, there is probably a common set of mental traits that Slayers must have, probably including bravery, mental fortitude, good instincts, and a spine of steel. Most people wouldn't be tough enough to handle what the Potentials do; but they do it, only breaking down under extreme stress. In the end, there are only a couple thousand people in the world who meet all these requirements.
Tara was an evil force in human formFrom the first moment she showed up, Tara preoccupied Willow; and she was the one who really got her into magic. Without Tara, Willow would have come close to being the powerful witch she wound up as; but we saw how Willow fell over the edge in season 6. That was Tara's intention all along, to turn Willow evil. Note how Willow never had displayed any attraction to females before she met Tara, then turned exclusively lesbian - Tara has psychological powers and tapped into Willow's brain and enhanced her attraction to women and depleted her attraction to men. She also does this to Oz, making him angry enough about Willow & Tara to turn into a werewolf about it - henceforth ruining his chance at getting Willow back and eliminating him as competition. Tara may have intentionally screwed up the 'you will not see' spell to wreck everything for the Scoobies. While her family were sexist bastards, Tara thought they had figured out what she was; her smile at the end of Family was not happiness at having people care about her, but a smug smirk of victory. Beth's obsessive belief of what her family says about the women in it could be put down to Beth having some idea of Tara's true nature, and the 'demon' thing has an easy justification. Tara leaves Willow when the magic addiction gets out of hand, and this is said to be her trying not to get hurt. But it could be Tara trying to mess with Willow's head and make her even worse, spiraling the magic thing out of hand. For a couple of episodes, it works. They get back together when Willow seems to be doing better... only for Tara to die next episode. Coincidence? Tara organized her "death" (which was probably more like going back to whatever evil dimension she came from) simply to push Willow completely over the edge, which worked. Her psychological powers may have been what convinced Warren to come after Buffy, and shoot Tara (an accident, but she still could have manipulated it). Plus, she's so goddamn nice, she has to be evil.
Xander has a subconscious deathwish.He's basically so determined to fight the evil despite logic that it comes off as strange. The Zeppo is full of evidence for this: he seemed to have jumped directly in the demon's path for no reason. Buffy and Faith say outright that he'll get himself killed, and he seems okay with their saying it. He also avoids telling the others about the zombie issues, not even a passing mention - did he want to face it alone, where he had way worse of a chance?
Anya created the second Hellmouth in Cleveland through Cordelia's wish.In the Season 3 episode, "The Wish," Anya created an alternate reality where "Buffy Summers never came to Sunnydale," as Cordelia wished. To make this happen, there had to be a reason for Buffy to not go there, since the Powers That Be would have compelled the Slayer to go to the Hellmouth to fight its evil. The answer: have the Hellmouth be somewhere else. The problem was that this would seriously disrupt the time stream; Sunnydale was built where it was by Mayor Wilkins centuries ago because there was a Hellmouth there. The best way to grant Cordelia's wish and maintain a Stable Time Loop was to create another Hellmouth for Buffy to be sent to by the Powers. In the series finale, "Chosen," we learn from Giles that the Hellmouth in Cleveland exists in that reality too. So this part of the wish wasn't limited to the "Wishverse."
Willow accidentally stole a part of Giles' soul when she stole his borrowed magicHence his horrible Character Derailment in season 7. Willow took the "true" magic from him, which comes from the essence of humanity; when she did that, she took some of his humanity. (She does turn into the mentor figure of the group.) Giles knew this would happen when he decided to dose her with the true magic. That's what he meant when he told Anya he was dying - he wasn't physically dying, but the Giles she and the gang knew would soon be gone.
Spike is homophobicThink about it. Whenever other vampires suggest 'feeding' off males, he freaks out. His hatred for Angel comes from that one time; Angel remembers and wouldn't let him forget it. This explains the numerous poofter comments about Angel beyond simple insults.
Tara is tied to 'The Key'/Dawn somehowGlory herself mistook her for it. She always seemed bonded with Dawn; when she died, Dawn's response was a physical breakdown - she didn't move for what must have been hours, possibly even a night. The timing is also suspicious - Tara appears the year before Dawn does and dies the year after the business with Glory ends. In Restless, Tara plays the cryptic mentor, giving foreshadowing of Dawn's arrival: "Be back before Dawn".
When Dawn dies, another person will be created to be 'The Key'The Key seems like something eternal; it's not going to be destroyed. But Dawn is human and will live out a human life. When she dies, it has to go somewhere. It is now bound to our world and human form; so upon losing one, it creates another. However, as it's not guided by the monks anymore, the creation will probably not be done so well - not created into a family like Dawn's, things like that. 'The Key' will probably wind up being the new Chosen One for the magical world. Alternatively...
Dawn cannot die a natural deathAs mentioned before, for this theory, the Key cannot be destroyed. The ritual Glory performed would make it lose its human form, but not destroy it. Apart from this ritual, the Key will stay around, and it will stay in its human form - Dawn. We do see her age over the 3 years she's on the show, and the human form of the key does seem completely human, following human processes - so this will be Age Without Youth.
Memory spell caused Joyce's brain tumour.
Darla was a slayer when she was aliveVampires tend to be the inverse of the people they were in life. Drusilla was innocent and completely tormented as a human, devious but happy as a vampire. William was weak and timid as human; Spike is brash and headstrong. Liam was full of human weaknesses, and Angelus had no humanity in him. Harmony was petty and cruel as human, and nice as a vampire. One thing we notice about Darla is that she rarely uses violence to secure her victims, preferring to lure them - completely opposite to a slayer. In the flashback of her turning in Darla, she doesn't seem shocked to see The Master in full vamp face. He seems to have sought her out to turn into a vampire, which he would not do if there was not something special about her. Making a slayer a vampire seems like a good recipe to make a powerful vampire. She appears to have no memory of her human life or name. She may have repressed these memories because of the dissonance between her lives, and to try to get rid of any leftover instincts telling her to destroy vampires, including herself. Her breakdown when returning to human is odd, since it doesn't seem to be from guilt or anything one would expect to come with a soul. This is the return of all those slayer instincts, telling her to destroy vampires, which still includes her by her way of thinking. She also doesn't seem to lose much strength on her return to human form; vampire strength is replaced by slayer strength. She is the first vampire we ever see on BtVS, which should mean something. In the end, both times she dies, she is killed by a vampire, not the Slayer or any human: She's killed by Angel in Angel and by herself in Lullaby.
Dawn is not actually in Season 6 or 7. She sacrificed herself at the end of Season 5When Dawn sacrificed herself to save the world, Buffy couldn't deal with this last loss and went into catatonia for a summer - the summer she spent "dead". When she was awake again, she created an elaborate fantasy where she saved Dawn. However, how much she hated herself for what happened to Dawn crept in; hence how angsty things got in the last two seasons. All her friends do horrible things (Willow's Face-Heel Turn, Xander leaving Anya at the altar, Anya's return to vengeance) because she blames them for what happened to Dawn as well. "Normal Again" is her subconscious hinting to her conscious mind what has happened, but more blame issues (towards her friends) interfere. Buffy's delusions paint a picture of Dawn living a normal life, not being "the key" anymore; but Buffy does not believe she could ever take care of Dawn properly, hence Dawn's isolation and kleptomania in season 6. By season 7, Buffy is starting to forgive herself and everyone else for Dawn's fate; hence everyone's morality improving - Willow's return from the dark side, Anya's return from vengeance, Spike gaining his soul - and herself, living again. The Big Bads for seasons 6 and 7 are both symbols of what caused Dawn's death. Willow is their not defeating Glory in time, failing to save her. The First is simply the big mystical force of death. Death follows in the delusions, hence Tara - Buffy may not even have known Tara had regained her sanity before Dawn's death, giving extra meaning to that choice for a death. Willow in season 6 is picked to commit the worst crimes because of the magic, which Buffy no longer trusts because of the magical ritual and portal that led to Dawn dying. When the Potentials are activated, it means, for Buffy, that she will be less of an evil-apocalyptic-demon-magnet and not so special - and henceforth give Dawn a safer life. Buffy may or may not recover from her insanity.
Buffy's life is a delusion created by the FirstA fairly new theory is that Buffy's adventures always took place in her head and that none of it is real. The problem with those theories is that Buffy has never shown much creativity and so it is unlikely that she'd have the ability to invent an entire life that detailed for herself. What happened is that she was activated as a Slayer and she did burn down her school gym. The First realized that Buffy would be an ultra powerful slayer but he couldn't risk letting a new slayer get chosen, so he put Buffy into a state of delusion. All the adventures that would've happened to her happened in her head which allowed her to think that she was fulfilling her goal. Meanwhile, the Watcher's Council went crazy trying to find the Slayer while the Master and the Mayor divided Sunnydale between them, the Initiative fell due to these two unstoppable forces fighting against them, Angel retreated to LA because he couldn't fight alone, Glory got to the Key and used her armies to conquer the world before Dark Willow cleansed all other evils from the earth. Ultimately the First made a deal with Dark Willow and the two ruled over earth for eternity. All the while Buffy continued to be a mental patient who never realized her potential.
Buffy's life is actually a novel or series of novels written by Dawn.While Buffy may not be creative enough to invent her detailed life, Dawn probably is. Having moved to a new town at the age of ten or so, isolated and probably socially awkward, she creates a fictional alter ego for herself. Older, prettier, and supernaturally powerful, Buffy (a name that would probably seem appealing to a ten year old) is supposed to be cool and popular, and yet is suspiciously unable to choose the right outfit for a party, because Dawn would have no idea what to wear. Her only friends are sweet but dorky, possibly based on people in Dawn's real life social circle. Eventually, Dawn begins to view all this as Old Shame. (Note the burning of years' worth of diaries upon the discovery that Dawn is the Key.) Not ready to give it up, she tries to improve the series by introducing new characters and settings and a more impressive villain, and by changing Willow from a shy nerd to a badass lesbian witch. (She portrays more and more magic use, possibly having gotten into schoolgirl Wicca on the side. Also she clearly doesn't understand homosexuality yet.) She also writes herself in (as herself, not her idealized big sister) and falls into many of the traps common to writers at that age—Dawn-the-character is the sort-of long-lost sister of the main character, mysterious and more than she seems, the center of everyone's attention with the fate of the world in her hands, which is supposed to result in her death but doesn't. Spike is friendly with her and allows PG romantic tension with the most attractive (to a young teen) character, and even Glory is nice to her toward the end (hilariously).
The Buffyverse version of Joss Whedon is a member of the Scooby organization in the Season Eight comicsIn "The Long Way Home", we see a Slayer reading Joss's Fray comic. Therefore, Fray exists in the Buffyverse. However, the comic itself was written by someone with detailed knowledge of the Slayers and the scythe. The chances of someone outside the organization having that knowledge are virtually nil.
Harmony is amazing in bedThere's no other reason why Spike would have tolerated her for that long.
Drusilla went by another name as a humanIt's unlikely that a girl from a normal 19th-century English family would be named after Caligula's sister. Also, the others in the Scourge of Europe took new names as vampires. Angelus and Spike picked theirs, and Darla was named by the Master. The Master must have required them to change their names, so...
Faith is a Doll who went off assignmentThe Council found out that Echo was the new Slayer. Rather than try to take on the Dollhouse (a powerful organization), they paid a hefty sum to have her put out on indefinite assignment. They trained Echo's current handler as her Watcher while the Council researched ways to transfer the Slayer power to someone else. Faith's entire backstory is invented. Topher was given a little too much leeway on that part and built in her street origins to give her additional combat instincts. The problem occurred when Kakistos killed Faith's Watcher/handler and Faith ran. Without the handler, there was no way to recover Echo. The Dollhouse gave up and charged the Watchers an additional astronomical sum for the loss of their Doll.
Faith is a Doll ON assignmentWolfram & Hart contracted with The Rossum Corporation to imprint Echo as a slayer and send her to gather intelligence about The Scoobies, and later Angel, for them.
Kendra is a DollIn fact, that is what happens to all Potentials that the Watcher find. They get shipped off to the Dollhouse and given the "Slayer" programming, along with enough of a background to keep them from standing out too much.
Slayers cannot be turnedThink about it. There is nothing in canon to indicate that any Slayers were ever turned. We see some vampires planning to turn a Slayer, but we've never heard of a Slayer who did get turned. Most likely, the Slayer demon reacts badly to the vampire demon, causing the Slayer to simply stay dead. Any vampires that tried to turn a Slayer and failed probably wrote it off as a botched turning.
Ampata from "Inca Mummy Girl" was a slayerOh, c'mon. She was a Chosen One who described herself "one girl in all the world"... The writers obviously want us to think this.
Caleb was a Hell God like GloryHe's just as Implacable as she was, and we are never told what he is. Also, there's the irony of the religious God - the religious evil god, for that matter. The scythe was like Olaf's hammer, connected to a power older and greater; it could defeat even Caleb/Glory.
Ted was the first sign of Buffy's insanity, as seen in Normal AgainIt's straightforward. Ted threatens to have her committed; Buffy freaks out and kills him. That was her subconsciously trying to break out of the fantasy. When it's revealed that he's a robot, that's just another level of delusion she creates to protect herself.
Cordelia was a PotentialThink about it. She is brave (mostly), she never backs down, she seems to attract trouble of a supernatural variety, and she stops rationalising the supernatural away quickly. She stood up to Lyle Gorch, got mistaken for Faith in the same episode, and feels a bond with Buffy even though she doesn't have much in common with her. Also, Xander and Angel both fall for her, and we know that they both like Slayers. Nobody ever found out because, by the time Buffy activated all the Potentials, she was in a coma; but the infusion of Slayer power was what allowed the Powers That Be to let her come back to help Angel one last time. This means that poor Xander has never had a girlfriend that wasn't SOME sort of magical creature.
Bloodline makes a difference for vampiresMost vampires are dispatched fairly easily by Buffy or even mere mortals. However, a number of Vampires put up a much better fight, nearly matching the Slayer and other luminaries. These vampires are Angel, Spike, Darla and Drusila. All of them are descendants of The Master, who was the only creature to ever kill Buffy. The Master was tougher than other vampires, and his brood were naturally tougher as well.
Each episode in season 5 symbolises the cards in the Major Arcana from Tarot(warning: This will be long) 501 Buffy vs. Dracula (I - The Magician: person with great power, held in respect and awe) Dracula, the famous vampire of famous power, who the Scoobies are drawn to. Also the introduction of Dawn, the ball of energy which can destroy the world. Power. 502 Real Me (II - The High Priestess: Intuition, inner wisdom) Dawn becomes Buffy's heart and figure for her intuition over the course of the season, and this episode is dedicated to showing us who she is, and hence showing us what the heart is, what the intuition is for. Buffy's inner wisdom is all about Dawn. 503 The Replacement (III - The Empress: Intellectuality, nurturing of ideas, creativity, abundance and luxury) The episode tries to usher Xander into maturity and full life, showing ideas fulfilled in his other self, equaling rewards. Xander has to follow this card. 504 Out Of My Mind (IV - The Emperor: Stability, structure, authority and power, the concrete and tangible) Everything the Initiative was meant to be, stability and structure, also BR, meant to be stable. All that stability falls by the wayside, and Riley loses this. Riley has lost the concrete and the tangible. 505 No Place Like Home (V - The Heirophant: Loving, giving advice to those seeking it, kindness and protection, blessing) â€śLove, kindness and protection,â€� is now what Buffy's duty to Dawn is, she becomes the spiritual leader for Dawn, even if Dawn does not know it. She leads the energy-ball-turned-little-sister through the world. 506 Family (VI - The Lovers: romance, fulfillment and peace, need for guidance, choices)' Willow and Tara are deeply in love (romance), Tara finds her place in the Scooby gang (fulfillment), and resolves her â€śdemon halfâ€� (peace). Also, she has the choice over how to deal with her demon, family and friends, but the years of brainwashing have hurt her considerably, leaving her with a need for guide to put her back in the world. 507 Fool For Love (VII - The Chariot: concentration, willpower and determination) Willpower, determination â€“ this episode focuses on why Buffy lives, why she clings to life, unlike other slayers: where does Buffy's determination come from? She has the power to keep living, in spite of the implied deathwish, because of the things she has. So she decides to survive. 508 Shadow (VIII - Strength: courage, conquering your fears, being brave in the face of hardship) Joyce has brain cancer, and Buffy can't do anything about it. She is forced to be brave in the face of hardship. Also, the 'monster' haunting Joyce may represent fear. 509 Listening To Fear (IX - The Hermit: solitude, contemplation and thought. Wise from past experiences) Ben is alone, despite sharing a body, left to think his unique situation over. This makes him the wise man, who does what seems like the bad think because his life has driven him to thinking he has no other choice. Yay Ben. 510 Into The Woods (X - Wheel of Fortune: twists of faith and lifeâ€™s unexpected changes. Emotional rollercoaster) Twists of life: Buffy did not expect anyone to like getting Vamp Bites, and certainly not her boyfriend to be one of them. Riley probably didn't expect to be one of them either. The Wheel of Fortune spun for them both and landed on dark, strange, place. 511 Triangle (XI - Justice: fairness, impartiality, balance and legal issues, consequences, responsibilities, difficult choices) Willow and Anya have to find a balance in their lives (i.e. how to properly share Xander). Anya also has to deal with the consequences of having turned Olaf into a troll, and both her and Willow have the responsibility of taking care of him after accidentally summoning him. 512 Checkpoint (XII - The Hanged Man: Caught between opposites, spiritual revelations, freedom of the mind) Buffy gets caught between having to do all she can to save the world, and having to fulfill the Council's quotas and tests. These are the opposites she's confronted with, but a spiritual revelation shows her the Council is about her, not the other way around. 513 Blood Ties (XIII - Death: Endings, letting go of the past) In a way, this is the death of Dawn as she discovers what she is, hence marking her more than what she was, destroying what she was. This is the end of her innocence, showing her as a new, dangerous thing: she is no longer an innocent little girl. Yet the Key has to let go of the past, and become Dawn Summers, not a ball of energy, which is what Dawn does in the end. 514 Crush (XIV - Temperance: calm, balance, finding the middle way, compromise, forgiveness and patience) This episode flings Spike's love for Buffy out into the open, showing the need for compromise, forgiveness, etc. Buffy needs to accept how Spike feels, Spike needs to accept her rejection, and the strange ambivalent place in life. Spike cannot truly be a monster by the side of his deranged ex-girlfriend, he cannot be a good man by the side of the woman of his dreams, so what can he be? What is he? 515 I Was Made To Love You (XV - The Devil: Addiction, obsession, desires) April was created out of Warren's desires, this episode is all about desire. When we cannot fulfill our desires naturally, we create a way to, but it feels hollow, empty. The fact the â€śvillainâ€� symbolised by this card is such a harmless, slightly sympathetic thing (for now, I am not taking season 6 into account) shows that the devil is in all of us. 516 The Body (XVI - The Tower: sudden change, emotional breakdowns, chaotic situations, tearing down of belief) Shows a very sudden change â€“ the sudden death of Joyce, which destroys Dawn's naivety (what she has left of it, anyway), puts Buffy into a depressive state that lasts until her death (and gets worse after that), and basically screws everyone up. 517 Forever (XVII - The Star: guidance, spiritual renewal, hope, potential, possibilities) This episode shows some hope after Joyce's death, that the remaining Summers girls can't just cling to her memory, they have to live on â€“ and, they can. The world keeps turning. 518 Intervention (XVIII - The Moon: secrets, mystery, subconscious, confusion, things aren't what they seem) Buffy is not as she seems, as she is not Buffy, she is a robot duplicate. Spike is not as he seems, as he has the nobility and courage to keep the secret for the sakes of others. And we have the mystery and secret of the First Slayer's words. â€śDeath is your gift.â€� The moonlight shines and everything looks different under it. 519 Tough Love (XIX - The Sun: Promise, energy, ruination, casting down from heights) Tara starts off with promise, she is growing for confident, has a happy relationship with Willow, is a valued member of the Scooby Gang â€“ then the reverse comes in, Glory's ruination of Tara. Not death, but being driven into insanity that throws her down from what she was becoming. 520 Spiral (XX - Judgement: The past is the past, rebirth, resurrection, final choice, change) The Scoobies have to make a choice here, to cast aside their pasts, their fighting instincts, their current issues, to forsake it all and just run so they don't die, so they have a chance of saving the world. 521 Weight of the World (XXI - The World: completion, full circle, reckoning to come) Buffy has decided to complete it, has decided she wants it all over and rushes herself to the inevitable conclusion, she decides it's over, cuts herself off from the world, and Glory escapes with Dawn. Buffy has deciding that's the ending of this story, but we know it isn't. The reverse of the card proves to be salvation as Buffy is drawn back into the real ending, to save the world, and face the consequences of doing so. 522 The Gift (0 - The Fool: the new soul, the blank slate free from society) Buffy becomes the Fool here, freeing herself of the world's needs, but by death. She commits what is possibly the world's most foolish act: self-destruction, suicide, for love. Love for humanity and love for her sister drives her, she gives the gift of death and becomes the â€śfool for loveâ€� as episode 7 put it. She is no longer influenced by the world.
Dawn was a Potential after allHey, if Buffy's blood is good enough to get the portal to close, Dawn might well be a Potential. She's pretty damn good at fighting (She holds of Bringers for quite a while in Never Leave Me, and impresses even Buffy in the season 6 finale), brave and refuses to leave the supernatural weirdness (End Of Days). There happened to be another Potential behind the door, so everyone dismissed her once they found out. No-one noticed in the big battle because, well, Dawn wasn't expecting it, and was concentrating on the battle, so she didn't pay attention to an energy surge or whatever becoming a Slayer is meant to feel like - probably put it down as an adrenaline boost.
The convoluted plan in Time Of Your Life was Willow committing suicide."Time Of Your Life Part 4" .... the most important thing about death isn't who dies â€¦ it's who kills them.â€� It's relatively easy to infer from Future Willow's dialogue that she's very bored with life. When Harth asks her what's the goal of her plan her answer is "Death, of course" and tellingly doesn't say whose. Clearly over the centuries (do we know how many) she has gotten bored and wants to die, but she's not going to actually commit suicide, she'd far rather die at the hands of her old friend. So she summons Buffy from the past and manipulates events so that Buffy has no choice but to kill her.
Hank Summers' absenteeism has something to do with DawnIn the first season, it is absolutely established that despite the Summers being divorced, Hank still cares about Buffy, she spends weekends with him, he keeps her for the summer between season 1 and 2. He misses taking her to the ice show in season 3, because of a business meeting, but that is sort of understandable. He still seems like a decent guy, and he's barely mentioned in season 4. However, in season 5, he's suddenly off in Spain with his secretary, "living the cliche", and the divorce starts to be squarely blamed on him. This comes off as a massive Retcon, but it follows with the other massive Retcon... Dawn! Hank Summers leaving the family the way he did had something to do with Dawn's appearance and life, possibly in some kind of attempt to protect her.
The end of Normal Again is true, but Buffy's still the slayerThe revelations of vampires, demons, etcetera, combined with the amount of duty weighing on her, and not being able to tell anyone - this got too much for her, and she created a whole fantasy world.
The demon in "Normal Again" doesn't really create hallucinations, but sends its victims mentally to alternate universes.So what really happened is that soul of the Buffy of the "normal" universe was killed, and the "actual" Buffy's soul put into her body. Cake and eaten too!
Warren dressed up as a Mad Scientist in the Halloween episodeExplains how a sophomore engineering student could build a robot, or all the gadgets he built in Season Six. Just as Xander retained the full knowledge of a soldier, Warren retained the knowledge of a mad scientist.
The demons that turned Sid into a puppet in "The Puppet Show" are the same demons that turned Angel into a puppet in "Smile Time".
Warren is the son of the original TedCreator-Ted set some of his sperm aside for the android to one day impregnate a woman with. Warren spent his childhood doing maintenance on the android, and watching as each new family they hooked up with were killed, turning to blame the women in misguided grief. Explains his skills, his persona, and his basic beef with Buffy.
Twilight's goal is to stop Willow from becoming a god.Willow's power has continued to increase over time. She is almost certainly the most powerful witch on the planet now, and there's no reason that this would stop. Soon, Willow will achieve clairvoyance, which will put her in a position to literally answer prayers. She'll attract followers, mostly witches who believe she is a goddess. Eventually, she'll make a decision to accept the role of a deity. Kennedy will probably end up as High Priestess of Willow or something. There are a million reasons why Twilight might be opposed to this, and he seeks the end of magic to put a stop to Willow's rise to power.
Twilight is DawnWhat does ending all magic do but get a young girl her older sister's full and undivided attention? She has access to magic, contacts with demons and government types, and knowledge of her sister's organization and methods. There's also the name connection.
Twilight is actually Caleb.The only reason a comic book villain wears a mask is because the audience— the readers— have already met his true identity. The comic has re-introduced virtually EVERY single male character since the beginning of the series, with the exception of Buffy's father. We know Twilight is incredibly strong. We have no proof that Caleb * couldn't* fly. And the red gash on Twilight's mask is vertical— resembling a bloody stain left behind by someone who has been previously cut in half from the gut-on-upwards? We've only seen the side of Twilight's neck, not the front. Who's to say he hasn't been re-stitched and resurrected by the First?
Twilight is Ben.If Warren can survive being skinned (or come back, or whatever happened), itâ€™s conceivable that Ben could survive being smothered. We know that he at least had some magical knowledge (he summoned the Queller all by himself) and itâ€™s conceivable given how fast Willow progressed that in two seasons he could reach Twilightâ€™s level. The reason he doesnâ€™t have Glory anymore is because his temporary death was enough to get rid of her. His motive for taking on the Slayers is revenge and his desire to get rid of all things supernatural comes from the fact that Glory and her minions made his life hell.
Spike is a different type of vampire, evolutionary speakingWe see from the Uber-Vamps in season 7 the vampires do evolve. Spike always had more capacity for human emotion than any other vampire we see (genuine love for Drusilla, Buffy, Dawn and his mother in flashbacks) - vampires are evolving to become more emotional (probably to make Slayers less likely to kill them), and Spike is the result of that process (which has been going on for ages). Also note, how the one guy I remember we know he sired (Holden from CWDP) is very much of the Affably Evil variety; he honestly wants to help Buffy with her issues, while trying to kill her. The mutation is passed on.
The reason Buffy's friends believed she was in Hell was because her soul was in Glory's home dimension.Glory's "friends" really cleaned up the place since they kicked Glory out.
Rupert Giles is related to Giles French of Family AffairBoth Giles and Mister French oversaw girls named Buffy. French consulted a seer in the employ of the Council, and took a job with Bill Davis, hearing that an American girl named Buffy would be a Slayer of great importance one day. By the time he discovered his error, he was a part of that ersatz family, and like his younger cousin would one day, chose his charges over the Council. French was named for Rupert's family, considered the main line.
Dr. Walsh from season 4 is a terrible psychologistHer assumption that Buffy has no strong male role model is based on correlation, not proper statistics. She assumes that Buffy being an active woman is a weakness on her part, but it's the only thing that keeps her going as a Slaon having that knowledge are virtually nil.
Potentials are part Saiyan.They have obscene amounts of energy(I got tired just watching them run around) and as Slayers they get huge power boosts after near-death experiences.
The dragon seen escaping the interdimensional gateway at the end of Season 5 is the same dragon from the Angel finale.It looks pretty much the same, and anyway, how many big dragons could possibly be flying around out there? I mean it's not like it got sucked back in when Buffy closed the gateway.
When Conner has a vision of his mother in Angel "Inside Out", it was actually the First.In this episode, the "Ghost" of Darla shows up to convince Conner not to shed innocent blood, thus hastening the birth of Jasmine, who would attempt to bring her own brand of world peace. It fits The First's MO perfectly: Appearance of a dead person, intangible, seen only by the intended target, trying to manipulate them into doing what it wants. The time line matches up; The First was fixing to unleash its own apocalypse, and Jasmine's plan for world domination was obviously going to be a problem in the long run. And Darla claims to be sent by the Powers? Please. That would be a complete 180 on the PTB's stance on Darla up until then.
One of Anya's demonic powers was the ability to blend in with normal humansIn her first, Demonic appearance, she can blend into humanity and can even lie after she becomes human, she reverts back to the ignorant liar we know and love. The conversion was so powerful, her memory changed so she always was that goofy and stilted of a speaker.
Like some other corrupt local politicians, Mayor Wilkins wins elections by counting the votes of people who died a few months or years before election day.However, in the case of Sunnydale, all of these dead voters actually did cast their votes, on the day of the election.
Dawn is the reincarnation of Nona Mecklenberg.Furthermore, BtVS and The Adventures of Pete & Pete are couniversal: Pete and Pete is just a more kid-friendly portrayal of the world on other side of the Masquerade. (Wellsville seems sufficiently far from any hellmouths that most of the expressions of supernatural weirdness would probably be more benign than those on BtVS.) It would make perfect sense for the monks who created gave the Key human form to use the qualities of a recently deceased person rather than making a new persona from scratch. (Would you trust a bunch of monks to create a believable pre-teen middle class American girl?) Suppose that this depends on who had passed away most recently at the time of the creation of the Key, and one Nona F. Mecklenberg of Wellsvile, America happened to pass at just the right time, possibly due to a home disaster involving yard tools and the younger Pete Wrigley. The newly-formed Dawn retained the form and personality of Nona (let's assume Nona got a little less weird as she grew up and got over the thing with the arm cast). The aging between the two series matches perfectly.
Wolfram & Hart has been expelled from this dimension.They would have been a priority target for the Slayers, and once the L.A. branch was eliminated, the Slayers would have had no reason not to simply wipe the law firm off the face of the Earth. And while Wolfram & Hart is powerful, they don't have the ability to stand against an army of Slayers. Or Willow Rosenberg. Or Willow Rosenberg and an army of Slayers.
The battle of the Hellmouth was the biblical Armageddon. Good won.As of now, the forces of good include an army of several hundred Super Soldiers committed to the cause of righteousness, and a witch of near-deific power. Wolfram & Hart may have been destroyed (see above), and the First is in retreat. Evil is still present in the world, but it is weak. Buffy's enemies consist primarily of those who don't want an army of Action Girls with superpowers running around, not forces bent on destroying the world.
The First's attempt at an apocalypse in Season Seven was a last-ditch gambit to stop JasmineJasmine would have wiped evil from the Earth, which would be bad for the First. And with mass media, Jasmine could easily take control of the bulk of the human race. So the First tried to take out the Slayers so Jasmine would lack a champion (it either wasn't counting on or didn't care about Angel), and then open the Hellmouth, unleashing an army of Turok-Han that would be immune to Jasmine's powers. The result would have been an apocalypse anyway, so it was a good thing that Buffy stopped it. This merely explains why the First was pulling this shit under the nose of Buffy "I eat apocalypses for breakfast" Summers, rather than waiting for her to die and leave the Hellmouth unguarded.
Twilight is Edward Cullen!!!!!!Or as my actual theory goes, Twilight is a reincarnated Tara. Following on from the magic bullet theories above, about a mystical assassin sent to destroy Tara, she was actually a much more powerful witch than anyone assumed, and her death was only temporary, and when Willow turned crazy the outpouring of magic returned Tara from death. Horrified to see what Willow was turning into, she went into hiding and formulated a plan to keep Willow from ever becoming too powerful, which is now being played out in Season 8.
Twilight is multiple people, including all of the above.Joss Whedon is a fan of comic books, as are a lot of people who write or Season 8. When Hush is introduced in Batman: Hush, he is being played by multiple members of Batman's rogues gallery, each dressing up (Two-Face, Clayface, Tommy Elliot). The writers of Buffy Season 8 took this idea and ran with it, making Twilight every villain who might not be dead from the Buffyverse. This includes Glory/Ben, Professor Walsh, Ethan Rayne (I know it looked like he got shot in the head but come on, this is Buffy), and anyone else you could possibly conceive of. They will all be revealed to have been part of a mass conspiracy, all aimed at destroying the slayers and Buffy, not even for an evil goal, but simply to get back at her and kill her.
Buffy and Dawn share a soulA lot is made of the fact that Dawn was created from Buffy from her blood, that the connection is close enough for Buffy to be able to close Glory's portal. Now if the Key is just some non-sentient mystical energy that was transmogrified into a human it still leaves us a soul short, and Dawn is clearly not soulless. So the monks establish the shared soul with Buffy. Buffy's death didn't matter because Dawn was still alive and the link was still there. What will be interesting is what happens when they both die - will Dawn's conciousness cease to exist or will it merge back into Buffy's concious to reunite the soul into one identity.
Spike has his original human soul, while Angel does notSpike-with-a-soul is hardly very different to Spike-without-a-soul, or much different (in his base characteristics) from William. Angel is nothing like Angelus or Liam. Angel's soul was randomly plucked from the 'ether' and put into him when he was cursed, and isn't the same one that Liam possessed when he was alive. It's possible that he recieves a different soul each time he is re-cursed, as well — it would explain the slight personality shifts he went though after each time:
Thaumogenesis demons are possible because they and other demons siphon off energy from their victims.The first "brought into being as a result of trying to bring a human back to life" demon would have required a human sacrifice to set up the "bring someone back" spell, and would have gained being by taking any of the energy that wasn't taken up in the "destruction" (see: atom-splitting) of the sacrifice's soul by dragging the human back from the afterlife. The demon started out comparatively weak, but gained more and more power with each act of destruction. Demons since then can be generated by doing something that results in thaumogenesis by taking a demon's worth of energy from the pool of excess siphoned energy, as well as the energy required to drag the person back from the dead if you don't use enough of a sacrifice. The only way to completely destroy all demons (at least without divine intervention of some sort) is to bring enough demons into existence and destroy them before they can pay back their quota, as well as all the other demons, and never again try to bring someone back from the dead.
Joss Whedon is lying about Twilight being Angel.Angel being Twilight... makes no sense. When has Joss ever divulged information about his work prematurely? What would be the point? The disclosure feels like a ruse. What better way to hook your audience than to lead them in one direction and promptly surprise them with something completely different. That's certainly in Whedon's repertoire.
Rebirth.This troper has the theory that Dawn is the reincarnation of the character Celia, who was a cousin to Buffy who died when she was eight.
Slayers are JinchurikiIn Naruto there are people who have demons sealed into them. These people are known as Jinchuriki and there are many things about them in common with a slayer such as the origin of the powers, the demon showing itself with a psychical feature such as whiskers which is much like the ever-elusive slayer birthmark mentioned in the first movie as being shaped like an athame (ritual knife). Also if the Slayer is a jinchuriki and with the age of the power and the amount of people who have been hosts it is easy to believe that a slayer would be a match for a Naruto-verse jinchuriki. Also that the new slayers could be pseudo-jinchuriki like the character Sora.
Andrew made up Season 8.In Season 8, Andrew is suddenly part of an entire squad in Rome, despite being mostly useless in Season 7. Twilight looks more like a comic book supervillain than any Big Bad so far. Xander is compared to Nick Fury. Dawn fights a giant Mech version of herself in Tokyo, which Andrew guides her through, even saying "My giant-sized teammate is fighting a mechanized version of herself in the streets of downtown Tokyo...I've been preparing for this day my entire life!". Andrew suddenly becoming a legitimate member of the Slayer organization, along with the comic book and sci-fi tropes, make the whole series make more sense if imagined by Andrew.
The First is the Ebon Dragon(Glories on the Most High spoilers ahead) Either long after the UCS is dead or he escaped into an alternate dimension. However, he can only manifest as incorporeal dead people because without the Unconquered Sun, he's basically impotent, as with no Big Good to contrast, he's just a shadow. But as the Primordial concept of darkness and evil, he kind fits the First Evil's portfolio.
The sixth season is purposefully mocking the continuation of a show that should have ended with Season FiveThe Scoobies pulled Buffy out of heaven - ie. Buffy the show had finished and ascended to TV heaven, but Meddling Executives pulled it back onto our screen. Also see Buffy's comments in "After Life", that she was "Finished. Complete." The show was finished, but was forced to continue. The season's message that "life is hard" was code for "thinking up new and decent storylines is hard". Dark Willow trying to destroy the world to end humanity's suffering was a plea for the show to be cancelled so that the viewer's suffering would end. And then there's the whole of "Normal Again".
Once More With Feeling is all a metaphor for Joss' feelings about the show being UncancelledThis was the impression that I had after watching the episode, and was surprised to find no mention of it on the web. I'm either a genius, an idiot, or it's common knowledge. Anyways, here's how I see it, song by song:
Spike is bisexualAs proven in the basement in "Sleeper" and with Holden Webster (who might also be bi since he had a girlfriend before being turned), Spike didn't just pick up women every night he went out. . Let's not forget 'that one time' with Angel
Ben is GloryWait, what? You're saying Ben knows something about Glory?!
Buffy's "heaven" was a drug induced hallucinationBuffy's description of "heaven" sounds more like being high than an afterlife. All a false sense of everything-is-just-absolutely-perfect and how she "knew" everyone she cared about was all right (while they were barely surviving against the vampires and then the demon biker gang showed up). So, Buffy was actually somewhere entirely different (Glory's hell dimension maybe) all drugged up and is subsequently suffering from withdrawal after being resurrected.
Slayers can't be turned.Dracula's mojo was working on Buffy right up until she tasted his blood, then she snapped out of it and kicked his ass. Hypothesis: Slayers metabolize vampire blood and use it as a powerup. (I haven't read Season 8 yet, so this may well have been Jossed already...)
Twilight is Angel.Nah, you're right, that's just stupid.
Dracula performed the same spell that Jonathan did in Season 5.The one that turns you into a paragon. Think about it, Dracula is a huge Marty Stu character with all the traditionally expected powers of a vampire, along with the way of causing spontaneous admiration in people, as well as a talent to find a nice castle to live in, wherever he goes. Perhaps he used to be an ordinary if old vamp, and his spell retroactively altered history to create the novel and subsequent adaptations made of his exploits. He still keeps losing, because he was trying to fulfill the classic vampire clichés too hard, becoming unbeatable, but still doomed to be defeated in fights with against vampire slayers. Being evil he probably doesn't care what his counterpart monster does, or perhaps he's locked it in some crypt somewhere. Or perhaps he's actually constantly on the move to keep ahead of it.
The Gentlemen in Hush have never won. Because...Aside from the aforementioned fairy tale where the princess somehow got her voice back, there was also a very small village (maybe eight or ten people) who tested the "swords don't harm them" myth and ended up whittling their numbers down to six or fewer, including victims who had already been taken, in an effort to avoid a potential Fate Worse than Death and keep the world from ending. These Gentlemen were the (part of the) group that didn't get headsplattered by the princess's voice, and decided to come to a larger town so it would be easier to take seven hearts by going different places around the town (being less predictable so the victims would be less likely to have prepared ahead of time) and get all seven before there was an evacuation or mass death. Whether any Gentlemen still exist who haven't won and/or are still searching for hearts (depending on whether getting the seven would end their search or not) is a Riddle for the Ages.
The Gentlemen were taking the hearts as part of a game, and a human voice isn't fatal to them.The most receptive or most mystically important person gets the announcement: "The Gentlemen are coming. You can't talk. You have until we get seven hearts to figure out how to stop us. These are the rules. Game on." If you don't stop them, they Kill 'em All. If you do stop them, they play off their head asplodey endgame sequence and go to another town. Riley smashing their box may have caused them to not offer a prize, or the prize may be something less noticeable but still substantial (like luck, or not being slaughtered).
The Gentlemen were taking the hearts for the good of the towns.The people whose hearts they stole could have been returned to their original condition (plus a bit of trauma and minus their Masquerade blinders, both of which can be fixed), after the seven hearts are used in a ritual to give everyone in the town permanent immunity to disease and a slight increase over their human Healing Factor. Nice Job Breaking It, Heroic Mimes. They just can't express it because of their Starfish Language, and the little girl's ghost keeps foiling their plans (or they've succeeded before, and Buffy's Slayer premonitions really messed up again).
The hearts would have been used to turn the Gentlemen human.Lose grey skin and metal teeth, gain the ability to actually use your affluence for something more than hiring homicidal mutes. I'd say it's a fair trade.
Paragon![name below where spoilermarks work] was telling the truth as he knew it the whole time.Jonathan had been made a paragon in that universe, and not just to look like one to everyone else. When the monster started getting hurt was the first time he realized the truth, and before that all he knew of the demon was that it made him less capable when he attacked it. It could be assumed that the spell told him the curse scar was what he said it was, if gaining the mark actually was part of the process of casting.
Giles has a hint of incubus or siren blood, or more likely has in the past (probably when he was still Ripper) attempted to magically augment the results of his singing.Hence why every heterosexual female in the coffee shop, as well as the bisexual female(s) and the explicitly (but arguably not necessarily) lesbian female swoon over his voice, but the only other male present starts to get the wiggins.
The Cheese is the dream.Spoilered so as not to ruin the effect of learning it through the episode, in case someone’s not had a chance to see the Season Epilogue episode. Not because I think it’s supposed to be a Shocking Swerve or anything.
The Cheese Man is a benevolent demon or spirit. He made a space for the cheese, opening a pathway through Willow (during the head/heart/spirit/hands spell, which called upon the Slayer demon) so the dream could enter the four of them and help protect them from the First. He tells Xander that “[the cheese] will not protect you” because even in dreams, even dreams from the Cheese Man, there are things in the Buffyverse that can harm you (such as the First). He tells Giles that he wears the cheese, the cheese does not wear him either because Giles must be the important one to survive the dream; If he lets the dream be the important one... well,, in possessed body, dream wears you), or because the cheese man is the one who brought the dream, he is not merely a part of it. The Cheese Man’s appearance in Buffy’s dream is him reminding her, “Hello, ‘’cheese’’”, and from then on she is more strongly, lucidly in control. In a meta WMG (to unjoss the jossing, one might say), the meaningless of the Cheese Man was wrought into meaning by Joss’s free-form writing, trying to make it as dreamlike as possible instead of pre-planning as meticulously as possible. This manifested itself in the Cheese Man’s intended lack of meaning coming to mean the dream, the episode, itself.
The Cheese is love.Not just in a romantic way, but a way of comfort. Tara is Willow’s space for the cheese (yes, yes, sexual innuendo all around), and Willow’s love for Buffy, Xander, and Giles allowed her to act as the crux of the spell in the previous episode (her part of Spirit). Xander loves Anya (and lusts after everyone else, though his particular form of love for Buffy has changed as their relationships progressed), but even though she does love him, she’s incredibly selfish. Xander’s love for and from everyone else is not going to protect him from the outside world, since his friends will lose their connection if he doesn’t strike out on his own as they did, and Anya may leave him if he’s broke for too long. Giles sees his parental love for Buffy as an obligation, and isn’t sure if he loves her because he’s a watcher (the cheese wears me) or because that is who he is and how he feels, and is not sure if he has room in his life despite being Buffy’s (now-unofficial) Watcher for her (you can wear more than one slice of cheese, but you cannot be worn by more than one slice of cheese, or the attempt will tear you apart). This is exemplified in his meeting with The First, because unlike Buffy (who loves cheese), she was never allowed even artificial cheese-like substance— “...because you’ve never had a Watcher.” In Buffy’s dream, the Cheese Man brought up the cheese to confirm to her that she had people who loved her, and whom she loved, despite what The First was saying about how a Slayer, Buffy, or any Slayer, must always be alone.
Buffy (and perhaps slayers in general), for one reason or another, finds beds, particularly empty beds, to be symbolic of things lost, particularly positive relationships.For one example, she stabs Faith while they're making a bed in Faith's dreams. In one of her dreams, everyone she cared about deserted or was taken away from her, and there was a lot of focus on Willow's empty bed. She references along with her friends, her lack of being alone, that one of the ways she's different from the First is that she doesn't sleep on a bed of bones. This may hark back to the First's having to literally sleep on a bed of bones after she had been ripped from any semblance or possibility of having a human relationship when the original Watchers' Council stuck a demon in her soul, or it may just be because of negative relationshippy things that have happened in beds in her past ( Angel losing his soul and dumping her, stupid-face college playboy, with the eyebrows, sleeping with her when she was both vulnerable and unusually trusting then denying they had a relationship, Faith being stuck in a bed, comatose, because of their complete inability to get along and Buffy subsequently being instrumental in the death of the only family Faith felt she had ever had). Could also be Rape as Drama, but I don't see evidence for that (especially since all of the times I recall that a bed has been allegorically relevant, it was a lack of something or someone. That is, being empty or [in Faith's dream's case] just-made).
Slayers are immortal.In the same way as vampires, From a Single Cell, only they have a weakness to blood loss or loss of certain internal organs instead of crosses and (to a greater degree than humans and slayers) sunlight. The main difference is that they (probably) get to age. Alternatively, they don't age. The Crucible is to take out any Potentials who were turned early enough that they would be incapable of surviving, and as a bonus a, say, fourteen-year-old Slayer wouldn't have to excuse why she still looked like she did as a mid-adolescent when in her twenties.
Buffy would have been immortal except for the Thaumogenesis demon as long as it existed.If the Scooby Gang had sealed it instead of sending it back or making it solid so Buffy could kill it, Buffy could be rocking the the road to hell and back and never have to worry about so much as getting her heart ripped out.
Buffy has been immortal since Bargaining.For one thing, that's why Buffy doesn't register as a human anymore, based on Spike's chip (though we really don't know how it works). Humans normally get a 1-way ticket past Anubis, and the ritual invoked Osiris to tell him that you're supposed to go back to earth if your friends want you so much— but doesn't give you a new ticket. You can die, but your ba and ka will still be stuck on earth and may as well continue moving around, slaying demons, breathing.
The Urn of Osiris was meant to be broken during the ritual. The spell went perfectly, if in a bit of an unorthodox way.It's just lucky that the closed circle was only necessary for the first part of the spell. Step 1: Witch calls to Osiris. Step 2: Osiris checks out the lay of the mindscape (which requires the circle). Step 3: Osiris starts pumping energy into the urn, using the witch as a conduit (does not require the circle). Step 4: The urn gets smashed before the witch dies (neither of which require the circle). Step 5: The energies built up in the urn go to the corpse and rebuild it. I'm sure that vomiting up a snake had something to do with the changeover between steps 2 and 3.
The Toth demon from the episode The Replacement was sent by The Watchers Council.Why would a demon who can split people into two actively search for the Slayer? Because he was contracted by The Council to split Buffy into the young adult who lives a normal life and the killing machine like how the first Slayer was, without humanity, so that the council can control the Slayer without those pesky human emotions interfering. Makes perfect sense.
Amy was so much more powerful after being re-humaned because she was living in Willow's (and eventually Willow and Tara's) room.You turn into a rat for three years and get stuck next to a person, and later a couple of people, who are practicing spells all the time and see if you don't become a familiar-by-proxy or accidentally soak up some unshielded magic thanks to sitting inside the shield.
After Buffy was Resurrected, Tara started working for The First.It's said that The First was able to do what he did in S7 due to the resurrection, but this doesn't explain where he was in S6. However, if he appeared to Tara and was able to fool her, he could use her to destroy the gang's chances of beating him. All she had to do is get Willow to stop using magic, which she did. The First's plan was successful, but then Warren killed Tara, messing it up. This would also explain why Tara turned bitchy in Season Six, as she was actively trying to get Willow to stop using magic, as she could stop him if she became skilled enough (as we saw, activating all Potentials and all).
Dawn has some Slayer Abilities.She has shown that she is actually pretty skilled and strong, and I just don't think that just watching Buffy could allow her to be able to do things like that roll and kill thing (which, without Slayer abilities, takes alot of training). It would make sense, as she is basically an altered clone of Buffy, with either close or identical DNA, and the same soul. If the Slayer selection has something to do with the soul, it would make sense for her to be at least partially a Slayer, as other magical things (see: reality warping bubble dimension thing at the end of Season Five) think of them as the same person.
Buffy's "Heaven" was the Perfect Matrix.After dying, her soul was put into a new meatsuit in another dimension: The Matrix Universe. She was a person in the Perfect Matrix that later failed, hence the Heaven feeling.
Buffy Ascended when she died the second time.For those of you who have seen Angel, this will make much more sense. During Angel's second fight with Skip, Skip mentions that nobody has left Paradise before, which is where Cordelia had ascended to. He then goes on to say that there was one person who had, a Slayer. This is said in Angel Season 4, which takes place during Buffy Season 7. The whole Paradise thing would also fit with the whole "I think I was in Heaven" thing. It's unlikely that Skip was lying, as it's unlikely he knew that Angel knew Buffy. the same thing Angel's souls did to/for Angelus, but just gave him that little touch of empathy he needed to (along with the aforementioned practice) have a shoulder angel chirping at him about what he shouldn't have done and when he should feel remorse for something he is doing.
Anyone who significantly interacts with the Slayer can subconsciously emit a wall of silence when needed.This would explain why they never get strange looks when talking about Slayer things.
Glory is to human self-loathing as The First is to human evil.She didn't just hate humans and being human because of being stuck in their dimension, it was because that was what she was. The First couldn't physically interact with mortals because evil cannot cause harm in and of itself, it can only drive people to cause harm, whereas self-loathing can directly cause harm... one form of which is angry, fearful, stressful insanity. Sound familiar? It's fortunate that using one of her offensive abilities allowed her to heal from the strain of being trapped in the mortal realm. This is backed up by some of her names, which include "the Beast" and "the Abomination" (Glory, Glorificus, is an Ironic Nickname that helps her deal with everything, as does her cult of simpering demons).
BunniesShortly after becoming a troll, Olaf retuned to Aud's cottage, devoured most of her bunnies alive, and made merry sport with their more attractive she-kits. Anya's attempts to suppress the horror have eventually warped into a pathological hatred and terror of all things bunny.
The Season 8 Comics are actually one massive Take That against Stephanie Meyer perpetrated by a grumpy Joss WhedonBuffy ended with all the potential slayers of the world becoming active slayers, a scenario in which bright young women all over the globe come into their own powers and take their place in male-dominated society. Then, during the critical years of transition, someone or something called Twilight comes along and causes the superficial, reality-television-obsessed masses to reject these female heroes and become infatuated with sexy, soulless vampires. It's directly stated that Twilight "signifies the death of magic" and the end of the Slayer line, the latter of which has always represented female empowerment in the Buffyverse. And the big reveal? Twilight is actually Angel, Whedon's own hunky, angsty proto-Edward, to whom Ms. Meyer almost certainly owes a debt of
Dawn will die.Only the original four can stay. Either she's written out or killed. They killed off Joyce, what's stopping them from killing of her?
Dawn will NOT be killed.Because she shares a soul with Buffy, she counts. Ignoring the parts where Buffy dies, this meshes nicely.
Tara represents Jesus, Kennedy represents the Antichrist.Think about it. Tara sort of gave Willow inner strength and tried to save her from the dark side. When she was killed, maybe she died for Buffy's sins? Kennedy is the opposite of Tara and universally disliked. People fear that Willow is getting too powerfull and will go evil again. Kennedy represents Dark!Willow's influence, and is the Antichrist because she's practically undoing the innocence of Tara's memory.
D'Hoffryn was behind the break-up of Xander and AnyaThe guy who masqueraded as Older Xander turned out to be an ex-victim of Anyanka with a magic doodad. How did he escape from his hell-prison, and how did he get his hands on the doodad? How did he know to show up at just the right moment, and know just the right things to say to scare off Xander? These things were beyond his capacity, even as a demon; but easily within the power of the head of the Vengeance Demons. And what was D'Hoffryn's endgame? The return to the fold of his favorite, Anyanka. It worked (for a while).
Miss Kitty Fantastico was a Slayer...Faith died for a few seconds in prison. Courtyard fight, demonic incident, autoerotic asphyxiation... whatever. Before she was revived, Miss Kitty Fantastico was activated. Then, Miss Kitty Fantastico was killed. 9 times. The entities who decide such issues were a little bit confused about the math, and that is why immediately after her death there were suddenly 81 Potentials living in one house.
The Gentlemen were Heartless....And you know it.
Tara will be revived in the comics.was supposed to haven in the show, but now they can do it here without worrying about actors.
Angel being Twilight makes perfect sense.This troper would like to point out that there's no reason it would have been anyone else. The entire character is Joss lampshading his role in the pussification of vampires. Think for a moment, who was the first vampire who stalked a teenage girl and watched her sleep and was totally obsessed with her? Angel. Who made that popular? Angel. What did this cause? It getting ripped off and being used in a book series that has ruined vampires. We already know what that series is called. Make sense now?
Spike never wanted his soul back. He just wanted the chip out of his head.When he went to Africa to "give Buffy what she deserves", he meant he wanted to shed his Badass Decay and be the Big Bad again. Getting his soul back was the biggest gotcha of all time.
The gypsy curse was meant to give Angel eternal suffering even in heaven.If he felt enough remorse to ever get into heaven (not just his soul, his conscience, but all of his self), they thought it still wouldn't have been enough. Without a soul, he would only be tormented by his existence in heaven, and he would lose his soul as soon as he experienced a moment of perfect happiness.
In "Normal Again", both the Asylum and Sunnydale are real places.The Asylum is wherever Buffy was after she fell into the portal created by Dawn in Season 5. She described the place she went to as being a place where she was at peace, which could be The Asylum.(If you define "at peace" as not having to cope with the stresses of being The Slayer.) When she was resurrected, the spell didn't bring her all the way back because the ritual was interrupted. Thus, half of her was in Sunnydale and the other half was in the Asylum. When the demon stung her, the poison created a situation where she was forced to choose between one dimension or the other. She ultimately chose Sunnydale, which caused the Buffy from the Asylum to shut down. I suppose the consequence of this theory, although we never see it, is that Buffy eventually disappeared from The Asylum all together.
Angel is a repressed sadist, even while he has a soul.In the Buffyverse, a soul is basically a conscience, making one feel guilty about doing evil. Spike loses his soul and still loves his mom, loves Dru, and needs to be coaxed by Angel into his more monsterous activities. After he gains his soul back, after he gets over the insanity from suddenly feeling the guilt of thousands of murders, he's basically a slightly softer version of the same person. The only thing his soul gives him is the ability to know right from wrong. Angel, on the other hand, loses his soul and immediately begins torturing, murdering, and apocalypsing like he's trying to win an evil contest. But all he's lost is restraint - meaning he always wants to do those things, he just doesn't because he'd feel guilty about it.
The Buffybot was borderline sapient—and in love with Spike.When Willow reprogrammed the Buffybot to operate in full-time Slayer mode, she apparently still had a few quirks relating to Spike, even though Willow assured him that she'd purged all the sexbot subroutines from her system. She actually did—it's just that Buffybot had fallen for Spike on her own. Her programming clearly has her showing affection to Willow and Dawn, and she seems to love Dawn as much as she would if she were actually Buffy. And for the past three months she's seen Spike guard Dawn during every waking moment. She knows that Spike loves Dawn, has been tortured for her, and would probably die for her. Which leads her to love Spike as well. The reason she expresses it so strangely is because, well, she's a sexbot. She's basically speaking in her first language.
Buffy was never in any Heaven.Now, this might just be insanity, but perhaps she was completely wrong about being in heaven. Normally major things in the Buffyverse have a prophecy about them. Yet the resurrection of a Slayer which directly caused The First Evil to be able to start to try to take over the world which directly caused every Potential Slayer to be activated along with the recovery of an ancient Slayer weapon (I refuse to call it a scythe) never had one. Or did it? If you were a Hellgod or demon or whoever and you learned that an entire army of demon killing badasses was going to be created due to a Slayer being resurrected you'd want to stop that, right? Now, logically you could just lock up and torture every Slayer who dies to try to prevent that, right? No, that would be an awful idea. Think for a moment, you torture a Slayer and then she comes back to life. Chances are the first thing she'll want to do is get enough people to kick your ass three ways to Sunday. So, what is a hellgod or demon to do? Well, what about making her not WANT to kill demons or even live? Take away her will to fight? The best way to do that is to make her life a living hell if she's ever resurrected. So, you take away all her worries and make her the happiest being alive, err... dead. That way, she will most likely kill herself upon returning to life, stopping her from ruining your life ever again. After all, Buffy felt like everything would be fine and all would be good while she was dead. Yet her friends were suffering and if she didn't come back they would have all died. Clearly it was all a lie to try to sabotage her. It almost worked, too. Unluckily for them, you really cant fight prophecies.
Willow was just using the laptop as a keyboard and screen when reprogramming the Buffybot.It was modified so that the accessory end of the USB cable could be plugged into the laptop and the computer end could be plugged into the Buffybot, because the buffybot was the computer, and the laptop was just a human-interface peripheral. (This is pretty much just to explain away a special effects error with the USB jack referenced on the Buffybot page of the Buffyverse wiki, it doesn't really matter in the big picture.)
Giles knows a spell that lets him predict whom any magic-user is fated to marry.This would be a fan-fic if I wrote fan-fiction, I think.
Warren will become a vengeance demonThis is mostly based on just the show itself, though I don't know if it's actually made impossible by the season 8 comics. Anya became a vengeance demon who avenges wronged women against men. Given Warren's issues with women, he probably considers himself wronged by women and could be given the job to avenge wronged men against women. Warren and Anya are actually pretty similar—consider what Anya tried to do to Xander after the failed wedding (I can just imagine Warren making a woman's breasts rot off the same as Anya tried to do to Xander's penis).
Dawn has at least some of Buffy's powers.She manages to do things that a normal human couldn't due more than occasionally. For example, she hears Buffy and her mother talking at an almost whisper level in S 5 E 2. It just doesn't seem logical that she was yelling across the house and was about normal talking volume due to distance yet she could hear them at an almost whisper volume. However, if, due to being based on her DNA and basically having identical souls she got some of her sister's abilities, even on just a minor level, it would explain some of the things she does, like the roll in Season 6 (you don't learn how to do something by just watching someone, not that well. It takes practice).
Cassie and Drusilla are distant relatives.Cassie's got the same talent as Dru, without the fainting and stuff. Coincidence? I think not...
All rockers of Sunnydale High are werewolves.In 'The Pack,' Xander sniffs out a group of greasy rocker guys, saying to the pack, "Dogs." It's assumed he means the hot dogs the rockers were eating, but really he's recognized them as brothers. Oz was only the first of Sunnydale musicians to become a wolf!
Season 6 was a massive Deconstruction of the seriesThe focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face.
The Mayor purposefully kept Sunnydale as a Cell Phone blackspotWe hardly ever saw anyone using cell phones in the early days of the show, despite them becoming popular and everyday tech around that time. Since Wilkins created Sunnydale as a demon feeding spot he probably abused planning and construction laws to make sure phone coverage was severly restricted so no one could dial 911 from a graveyard and save themselves from the vamps.
The Prophecy from Season 1 didn't actually say Buffy was going to die, directly.Okay in order to get this you need a quick history lesson in death euphemisms. In the bible (for example) and other ancient texts there is a connection between breathing and life, a baby isn't alive until it takes its first breath, when you stop breathing you die. This makes sense because before the advent of CPR and respirators once you did stop breathing you were dead. Now here is where the WMG comes in that the Prophecy didn't say the slayer would die, it said the slayer would lose her breath or her breath would go out. This would be interpreted by any human with the proper background information as being killed but doesn't mean the slayer would stay dead. It would just be assumed by the prophet who made the prediction that she couldn't be revived.
Season Six is all in insane!Tara's head.Season Six, Season Seven, Season Eight, and the upcoming Season Nine are all in Tara Maclay’s head during her brief insanity stint in Season Five. This is why there is all the Character Derailment—not because she doesn’t know her friends well, but because she is technically insane and her mind is not able to represent them properly at first. In fact, you can even compare it all to a Fan Fic of sorts! The Tara in this imagined verse is completely sane, but even though this is all in the insane mind of someone, it doesn’t make the someone in that imagined universe insane. In fact, the Tara seen in S6 may be the remaining threads of real!Tara’s sanity. So her death in Seeing Red is…oh God. There’s another theory for Tara dying near the end of Season Six even though I’m proposing this is all in insane!Tara’s head, but I’ll get to that later. Once More With Feeling was the saner part of Tara’s mind desperately trying to lighten things up, but insane!Tara would just not give up… Now, I suppose we must talk about Season Six Willow. It’s possible,
There have always been more than one Slayer
Giles hung out with John Constantine a bit during his Ripper days.And possibly played with Mucous Membrane on occasion.
The Trio's choice of James Bond actorsReflected their own personalities.
The reason the love spell went screwy in "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" is because Cordelia was already in love with XanderBecause she was already inlove, the spell bounced off and affected the whole town. During the course of that episode, she actually felt the same level of emotion as all of the "crazy" women. She was just already used to it so her behavior didn't change at all.
Various famous people through time have preformed the Paragon spell.These people would include General George Washington (badass motherfucker who managed to lead a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits against the British Army and then proceeded to lead a country), Adolf Hitler (managed to take over Germany just via charisma, most likely broken at some point, hence his horrid leadership), Gene Simmons (leader of the rock band KISS, massive asshole who's still loved, bedded over 1000 women and counting while still in a stable relationship with children) and more. Most of them were smart enough to tone down the awesomeness they get out of it, but Jonathan was, to put it nicely, a noob.
Buffy in season seven was actually The First.We know that The First likes to pretend to be Buffy, right? Well I have a theory that there's a bit of Mind Screw for the audience here, in that there are times where we see who is meant to be Buffy, but it's actually The First. How else you explain her bitchiness tearing the team apart? Get It Done, I'm looking at YOU.
Dracula is the same Dracula from Castlevania.And this explains the castle. Creature of chaos, indeed. It can appear in Sunnydale.
Xander and Dracula had sex while Xander was under his thrall.Xander said that Dracula had turned him into a "Spider eating man-bitch," which can have some connotations. He also referred to himself as the "Butt Monkey" that same scene. Although that scene named the the phrase Butt Monkey as a trope, if you think about it, it does sound kind of dirty. "Butt Monkey" has also been used in the scene in season six, where Andrew and Jonathon were in prison. Jonathon comments about a man in an adjacent cell "That guy's been looking at me. I think he wants to make me his butt monkey. ... I hear they like the small ones, little hands like their girlfriends'" That indicates that the phrase may have some more sexual meanings.
Faith and Angel will become canon in the comic series.Think about it. Angel needs to be rehabilitated in exactly the same way he once helped her, they're staying in a small house together with him permanently in a bed, they're both single, they've kissed before and it was hot, and no one else intends to come near them for the foreseeable future. Two hotties in isolation together? Suuuure nothings going to happen. Plus, they're co-starring in the 25-issue Angel and Faith comic series.
With Joss Whedon not on the reboot, Buffy will be far far less tortured.Nuff said.
The Annointed One was Vampire Jesus.According to our You Fail Religious Studies Forever page, Christ means "The Annointed One", so a Vampire who's name is literally Christ and is a vampire would be their Jesus. Spike is too badass to let something like being the Vampire Messiah get in his way, though.
Anya was raped by a Wolpertinger.The Wolpertinger is a mythological creature that looks like a rabbit, but has the antlers of a roebuck, the wings of a jay and the feet of a duck. They also have a thing for hot chicks, namely humans. Though, who's to say that one didn't get confused?
Eric and Chris Epps were recruited by the Initiative.Eric and Chris, if you don't remember, were the brothers who found a completely sciencey way to bring the dead back to life in "Some Assembly Required" (S2, E2). During the episode, they committed four counts of grave robbing, one count of kidnapping, a count of breaking and entering, a count of arson, at least two, likely more, counts of attempted murder and at least one count of theft. So, they get arrested, but the Initiative notices their work. As their research was destroyed, they make them an offer. We'll wipe the charges, get you out of that shithole house and give you the life of your dreams, and in return, you help us with a project. The result being, of course, Adam.
Along with the above WMG, Warren was also recruited.Warren has the skills and knowhow to create super strong, human-like machines. Previously, we saw Ted, an extra strong, human-like machine. Perhaps Warren was taken in by Ted, and raised to take care of and repair him. After the events of "Ted", Warren was alone, and brought into the Initiative to work on their zombie robot demon soldier, having the most knowhow they could find.
It's Angel's fault Buffy became the SlayerBefore Willow did her thing with the Scythe, which Potential became the next Slayer wasn't as random as it appeared. The Potential who is closest to a vampire at the moment of the previous Slayer's death becomes the next Slayer. We see a flashback of Whistler showing Buffy to Angel at what appears to be the moment she is called.
The Old Watcher's Council was more competent than they appeared.In Sunnydale, there was at least one apocalypse per year that Buffy prevented. Considering there is more than one Hellmouth on Earth, and Buffy doesn't go to each one routinely and put out the demon and vampire uprisings going on there, the Watchers do their share of the heavy lifting, we just don't see it. There's also the fact of the two Watchers we see for a long enough time, both become badasses rather than dead, Robin Wood could be included in this as he was raised by a Watcher and he is a badass as well. That Watcher Academy training must be good for something. Also consider that in season seven, Quentin Travers was rallying the Watchers to war, which would have been an ally that would have put Buffy's side over the edge against the First, so of course the First had Caleb destroy the Watchers, they were a far greater threat than Buffy was. This also explains why there isn't a bunch of Watchers in Sunnydale, seeing as how she was the only Slayer for the longest time, their resources were deployed elsewhere.
Warehouse 13 (and by extension, Eureka and Alphas) takes place in the "Normal Again" world from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Beatrix Potter was the pen name of Anyanka the Vengeance Demon.Anya/Aud's worst nightmare was something happening to her beloved bunnies. As her experimentation with mycological toxins for vengeance purposes during the increasingly technological Edwardian era turned back on her, giving her nightmares about her bunnies being put in dangerous situations, harmed, and worse, her fear evolved from bunnies being harmed with her unable to help into a fear of the bunnies themselves (a sort of Pavlovian response). Magic clearly hasn't overrun the world in Normal Again as it had in the Wishverse and the "What if Buffy died" verse, so the bureaucratic confusion amongst various government agencies ensures that the Secret Service and DCIS are unaware of the Watchers and the Slayer, and the British are still ticked about Warehouse 12 being moved so the Slayer and most Watchers don't know of the existence of the Warehouse. Most of the creators of artifacts put their own brand of energy into the artifacts by the focus and near-ritualistic repetition of what they did (see: witchcraft and its demon-worshipper equivalents), strengthened (or even changed outright) by their public image. Alphas are probably unrelated to magic, and more closely tie into the Mad Science of Eureka and Warren Mears. As for the thing in Sector 5? It is (among other things) the heaven-dimension equivalent of a Hellmouth. Beauty, comfort, energy, and a Mad Science field come from it the same way dark feelings, demons, and an increased magical field come from the Hellmouths. Long story short? Anya's afraid of bunnies because of a series of increasingly bad trips back in the nineteen-aughts.
Dawn was made helpless so Buffy would protect her betterThe monks had the power to change reality so drastically that everything and everyone is Dawn's made-up life knew who she was: memories were made out of thin air and documents were changed to fit the new reality. So why not make Dawn a badass? The monks purposefully made Dawn so helpless in order to guarantee that Buffy would do her absolute best to protect Dawn. If Dawn had the slightest bit of competence then Buffy would not be protecting Dawn to the best of her abilities because she would trust Dawn not to be a total screw-up.
Willow is a spark.The magic addiction arc is her going into her madness place.
Rupert Giles is descended from Uther Pendragon, and the Watchers Council is the continuation of the Knights of Camelot.Regarding Giles, descent from Uther Pendragon would explain the strong physical resemblance between the two men, his large personal library of ancient magical texts, the collection of medieval weaponry, and above all his ruthless streak. We know that Giles' father was a Watcher, and since the Council didn't seize all his books and weapons after they kicked him out, we can assume that these items are family heirlooms. Of course, once the Uther/Giles connection is established, the Knights of Camelot/Watchers Council becomes even more apparent. Both organizations are dedicated to standing against black magic, see stability and order as paramount concerns, and have no problem with using extreme measures to carry out their mission. Plus, it would explain why the Watchers Council is based in Britain; it existed there long before it became the Watchers Council, and the prestige of the Camelot lineage would go a long way towards convincing Slayers and fellow travelers from around the world to place themselves under the Council's leadership, regardless of its geographic location.
Dawn is a SlayerI'm kind surprised that I haven't seen this yet. When Buffy died in "The Gift", it DID call a new Slayer; Dawn. Nobody realized because they were always trying to keep Dawn out of harm's way, and so she didn't get a chance to fight. The first time she gets to do anything isn't until the season 6 finale, "Grave", where she fights surprisingly well against the earth demon things that Dark Willow summons to kill her and Buffy; she says that she watched Buffy fight, but Dawn's never even held a sword before. Then we do see her fight in season 7, and she's a lot more competent than you'd think she'd be, given that she had no training. The finding spell that Willow used ignored Dawn and went to Amanda because it was only looking for Potentials (or alternately, it DID find Dawn too, Dawn and Amanda just happened to be standing a few feet away from each other without realizing). So Dawn is another Slayer and no one realized.
Normal Again was real......And Buffy's favorite tv show was Angel. She watched it all the time before developing severe schizophrenia, and it became part of her hallucination. In her delusions, her favorite hero was the man she was always meant to be with and who loved her as much as she loved him. Many characters that appeared in Angel appeared in her delusions, such as Cordelia, Wesley, etc., though most of her delusions were made up by her (Willow, Xander, Giles, etc.) Therefore, Sunnydale being all in her mind doesn't contradict the existence of Angel because it was never real to begin with, it was always a tv show.
The "loser preacher" who seduced Lily was CalebOne of her fake surnames is "Houston", implying that she's at least visited the deep south (Caleb once murdered a choir girl in Tennessee). Before graduating to serial murder, Caleb was already a defrocked priest who rebelled by forming his own shoestring sect. When Lily got away from him, it drove Caleb into such a rage that he went on to continually murder blonde girls of Lily's approximate age (i.e. Betty from Knoxville) until eventually being tapped by The First.
In Willow's dream in "Restless" when she sees Harmony repeatedly trying to bite Giles' neck just before the play. . . and Giles keeps telling Harmony to "stop that" she's actually processing a buried memory of a time she walked in on Harmony hitting on Giles in the Library.
Buffy's uncle is Jack Bauer.Buffy's watcher in the film was Donald Sutherland. Buffy's mother of course was Kristen Sutherland. She tortures a vamp by shoving a cross down it's throat. Who could have taught her that? The Trope Namer for Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique perhaps, Keifer Sutherland?
Olivia left Giles because she wanted children.In Restless, Giles' dream has Olivia pregnant and pushing a pram, but later she's no longer pregnant and she's weeping over the empty pram. It's possible that Olivia left Giles because she wanted children and he was either unwilling or unable. Alternatively, they had got pregnant and she lost the baby. The second theory, one wonders if he had known before she left, or if maybe he had found out after or never found out at all, and his subconcious was telling him. Or warning him.
The Powers That Be consist entirely of future Big Bads, protecting the Earth from the current Big Bad so that they can take it over later.They help Angel out because he tends to be important to their long-term plans, and help random do-gooders like Buffy because they need the world intact for them to feast on later. They act like angels when appearing to heroes because that just works better. Earth survives by the same principle that prevents crabs from climbing out of a bucket: whenever one gets close to escaping, the others pull it down.
Buffy Took a Level in Jerkass because of Faith
Joyce's death was a direct result of Dawn's existence.There's always a price for magic, but giving life and human form to The Key is apparently repercussion-free. However, not 2 episodes after Dawn's introduction does Joyce's illness make its first appearance, suggesting some sort of link between the two. It would be interesting if Dawn's existence required the death of Joyce, and would pile on a steaming heap of angst onto the poor girl if she ever found out, as Joss is wont to do.
"Blood Ties" Is How Buffy Was Able To Substitute For Dawn In "The Gift".At the end of "Blood Ties" Dawn has cut her wrists and Buffy has her arms cut as well and she presses them together for the "Summers blood" line. When she does that she takes some of Dawn's blood into herself. She had The Key's blood in her so that's why she was able to stop the portal in "The Gift".
Season 9 Will have White haired Willow v Dark Willow.There has to be, I mean in Season 8 Dark Willow brings Buffy to the future with the clear intention of getting Buffy to kill her, now I know Joss likes his angst but there's a point when it's just too much, seriously Willow goes dark, probably kills a bunch of people, becomes functionally immortal, outlives everyone that might have even mattered to Willow and then gets stabbed in the chest by her previous best friend, there's DownerEndings and then there's this. In Season 9 Willow is going to have to fight Dark Willow somehow, the future where Buffy wound up in is an alternate universe where Dark Willow won the fight and that's how she went dark to begin with, but in the regular timeline Willow wins and that's the last we ever see of Dark Willow.
The first Turok-Han was the host of the First the same way Caleb was.Why is it so much stronger than all the other Turok-Han Ubervamps we see? For the same reason Caleb is stronger than all of the other humans we see. We see just how strong the Turok-Hans actually are in the finale (a bit tougher than regular vamps, and a lot stupider); but we see the extraordinarily powerful one first, so we assume they're all like that.
The reason why Kennedy gave Buffy a job.
Buffy's 'heaven' is actually the institution from 'Normal Again'.Both these different worlds exist side by side with a wall between them but the gap was some how broken on the first episode of the series since Joyce mentions that institution Buffy has been there for 6 years. When slayer Buffy is infected by the demon the wall is broken on both sides allowing both Buffy minds to blend. Joyce also mentions that Buffy has began a normal life in the institution world during the time that slayer Buffy died and that Buffy was normal and happy. Presuming that Institution Buffy was on powerful enough medication that would explain the feeling of contentment that Buffy felt while she was dead.
Buffy's supernatural sense is impairedSlayers are supposed to have some sort of supernatural sense. However, Buffy never demonstrated it. It may be she's got the supernatural equivalent of being nearsighted.
Tara's father killed her motherFor starters, if the demon-esque appearance only affected women of the Maclay line, how on Earth would Tara's mom be part demon since she married into the family and isn't related by blood? In reality, good old dad killed his wife for whatever reason. Tara wasn't around when it happened, so her father lied to her and said that she became demon and had no choice but to kill her. Also, consider that Tara's brother flat out, in front of her daddy and friends mind you, threatened to beat her up. One just doesn't say something like that in public unless they were taught it was the right thing to do.
The franchise takes place in the same universe as Puella Magi Madoka MagicaSome had to say it.
Willow's still dormant magical powers made it so no one ever talked about Jesse againShe was so scarred by what had happened (and because it was upsetting for Xander, whom we all knew she was in love with then), the power within her broke out for a second and made it so that he would never be spoken of again. Perhaps she wished to take away Xander's pain?
Buffy's job at the Double Meat Palace is a metaphor for sex workObviously it's a bit of a stretch, but the exchange between Buffy and Spike seemed a little dramatic for fast food work:
SPIKE: You're not happy here.
BUFFY: Please don't make this harder.
SPIKE: You don't belong here. You're something... you're better than this.
BUFFY: I need the money.
SPIKE: I can get money. Walk with me now, come on.
BUFFY: I ... I need to go help Gary with the fries.
SPIKE: You gotta get outta here, this place'll do stuff to you. This place'll kill you!Theres's also the video where "the cow and the chicken come together, even though they've never met" and the huge penis monster. Prostitution seems like it would be one of very few jobs compatible with being a slayer, although the Double Meat Palace is probably more similar to working in pornography. And don't forget that Sunnydale is pretty close to Los Angeles, one of the only places in the U.S. where you can legally shoot porn. Of course, this makes it extra awkward that her family and friends came to visit her at work...
Anya's Change in personality is the result of having lost her demon powers.Vengeance Demons have the ability to become whoever they need to be in order to get close to their marks. In Anya's case, it was a girl who was a senior in high school. Anya no longer needed to to be a girl in high school since she graduated with the rest of the Scoobies, leaving her personality a blank slate save for what she remembered about humans from her line of work.
If she hadn't been killed Nikki Wood might have been the one to activate all potentialsBuffy Summers was able to do so because she had family and friends and because she saw how the slayer was created via the shadow casters. Nikki Wood had the shadow casters so she could/would have known. Nikki also had a son. Though her love for him might have been hindered because of her duty maybe if the fight with Spike had ended in her nearly dying, but ultimately killing him it could have been a life changing event. She might have seen it as sign she was meant for something more than fighting until death. That purpose might include raising her son which would make her form relationships (family and friends) that would tie her to this life. This refusal to accept death, the knowledge at her fingertips and an impending apocalypse could have led her down a path ending in the activation of all potentials.
When Drusilla dies, it will be a Dying Moment of Awesome.In the comics, of course, I'm aware the show's been off the air for over ten years.
The bartender from Beer Bad was arrested for selling tainted beer.Even if the authorities did a traditional coverup, he could easily be thrown in jail for spiking his drinks with mind-altering drugs. Drugging people to the point where they think they're a caveman and their lives were seriously endangered (they couldn't identify a car and one had a car crash into him), especially when their only major crime was being pompous, is the kind of thing that gets you thrown in jail for a long, long time.
Willow's overuse of magic got Tara killedA big deal is made about the fact that magic is a balancing act (make fire to light the bbq, it causes rain as a result). Willow was getting deep into powerful magic, and was constantly using it for her own personal pleasure. Thus, Tara getting shot was an act to balance out the scales and restore equilibrium to nature, as Tara's death would undo all of the pleasure/comfort/convenience Willow had given herself by misusing the magic. Making it a "natural" death was just an additional slap in the face to Willow, since it made it impossible to restore Tara to life.
Maggie Walsh was a Potential.And she expressed the Slayer line's subconscious knowledge of what a Slayer is by creating a part-human, part-demon being to kill demons.
Kennedy will pull on a Big Damn Heroes moment in the last chapter of the comics.Buffy working for her was the focal point mid way through the series then that story was dropped, and she flew Buffy, Willow and Xander out to fight Simone. Now Buffy is defeated and pretty much everyone else is tied up. The last issue suggests Buffy will win the day with a little help from her friends. While Kennedy might not exactly be a friend what's she doing while all this is going on? Looking for a new girlfriend? Maybe she is, but she's about the only one left to do something, and it it would be a Chekhov's Gun. ** Called it. The last Buffy hadn't been released yet but the last Angel & Faith reveals chatting up a new girl was exactly what she was doing, she offered Faith a job training Deepscan, her slayer bodyguards.
Willow turning RJ into a girl would not affect the jacket's powerAnd make all of the girls lesbians.
Tara is a Potential.She seems to have a strange connection to Buffy — firstly, in S4 she is the only one to realize that something is wrong with Buffy when Faith has taken over her body. Secondly — and perhaps more tellingly — Tara is the one in the dreams from the S4 finale to prophesy Dawn's existence. The prophetic dreams that Slayers have connect them to the rest of the Slayer line and Buffy barely knows Tara at this point. Why else would Tara be in her dream, predicting the future no less, if Tara isn't part of the Slayer line?
Angel kept quiet about Faith's attempted rape and murder of Xander.
Giles and Devon Coven supplied Rack with Heroin Magic.
some of the vampires who attack the Slayer are suicidal.Ok, there are definitely vampires and other demons who attack the Slayer thinking they can kill them, but what was the vampire from the beginning of As You Were thinking? He showed no signs of special skills, and even though he decided he didn't want to bite Buffy, he clearly knew who she was, and intended to fight her again later. Sounds like he's suffering a case of Who Wants to Live Forever?.