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* BreakingTheFellowship: Happens to them in-between Seasons 6 and 7. Willow and Giles have departed to London for Willow to undergo rehabilitation over her magic addiction, Anya has become a vengeance demon again, and Spike has departed Sunnydale to regain his soul; in "Beneath You," when Dawn suggests rounding up the rest of the gang to deal with the MonsterOfTheWeek, Xander points out that she, himself, and Buffy ''are'' what's left of the Scoobies. This is rectified over the course of Season 7.



* TrueCompanions: They've all become this throughout the series; they even call each other family more than once.

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* TrueCompanions: They've all become this throughout the series; they even call each other family more than once.series, to the extent of calling one another family.

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* FamilyOfChoice: Several examples throughout the show:
** When Tara's AbusiveParents try to take her home, Buffy and her friends insist that ''they'' are Tara's family instead, as they actually care for her.
** Giles was the closest thing Buffy, Willow, and Xander had to a father as teenagers; this doesn't really become clear until later seasons, when we see just how distant all of their fathers are.
** Also, although the Scoobies themselves were something more like FireForgedFriends for the first five seasons, the deaths of Joyce and then Buffy and Giles' absence knitted them together domestically as they banded up to take care of Dawn; Willow and Tara moved in to the Summers' house and made her morning pancakes, Spike became the friendly villainous babysitter, Buffy became the hard-working mother after her resurrection, and Xander was always there fixing the windows. Seasons 6-7 definitely portrayed them as a well-oiled family unit with a home base and designated roles.


--> '''Giles:''' Buffy, what's happened here?
--> '''Buffy:''' God. I don't know where to start.
--> '''Giles:''' Well, Willow's clearly been abusing the majicks.
--> '''Buffy:''' She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so...Xander left Anya at the altar and Anya became a demon again. Dawn's a total klepto. Money's been so tight that I've been slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace. And I've been sleeping with Spike.
* FireForgedFriends: Not only did they first become friends via slaying, a good fight is generally ''the'' best solution to any strife between them, as shown in "Dead Man's Party."

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--> '''Giles:''' ---->'''Giles:''' Buffy, what's happened here?
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'''Buffy:''' God. I don't know where to start.
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'''Giles:''' Well, Willow's clearly been abusing the majicks.
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'''Buffy:''' She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so...Xander left Anya at the altar and Anya became Anya's a vengeance demon again. Dawn's a total klepto. Money's been so tight that I've been slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace. And I've been sleeping with Spike.
* FireForgedFriends: Not only did they first become friends via slaying, but a good fight against monsters is generally ''the'' best solution to any strife between them, as shown in "Dead Man's Party."


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* SecondYearProtagonist: Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Cordelia all begin the show as high-school sophomores.

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** [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerAngel Angel]]

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** [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerSpike Spike]]

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** [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerBuffySummers Buffy Summers]]


--> '''Buffy:''' She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so... Dawn's a total klepto, Xander left Anya at the altar and Anya became a demon again. And I - I'm so... I've been sleeping with Spike.

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--> '''Buffy:''' She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so... Dawn's a total klepto, Xander left Anya at the altar and Anya became a demon again. Dawn's a total klepto. Money's been so tight that I've been slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace. And I - I'm so... I've been sleeping with Spike.

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*** Things ''really'' reach a head in Season 6. Buffy sums it up to Giles pretty sufficiently:
--> '''Giles:''' Buffy, what's happened here?
--> '''Buffy:''' God. I don't know where to start.
--> '''Giles:''' Well, Willow's clearly been abusing the majicks.
--> '''Buffy:''' She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so... Dawn's a total klepto, Xander left Anya at the altar and Anya became a demon again. And I - I'm so... I've been sleeping with Spike.


** Buffy has the responsibility of saving the world at the age of [[HarmfulToMinors just 15]] which [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne clashes with own plans for a happy and stable life]], her parents had a messy divorce which deeply affects her well into adulthood, [[ParentalAbandonment her dad abandoned her]]...and this is when the series ''starts''.

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** Buffy has the responsibility of saving the world at the age of [[HarmfulToMinors just 15]] which [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne clashes with her own plans for a happy and stable life]], her parents had a messy divorce which deeply affects her well into adulthood, [[ParentalAbandonment her dad abandoned her]]...and this is when the series ''starts''.



** Faith's mother was a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[AlcoholicParent substance abuser]] and [[ParentalSubstitute her Watcher]] was brutally murdered in front of her; she continues down an emotional tailspin before having a FaceHeelTurn, then goes down a [[QuestForRedemption long, hard road to redemption]].
** Anya is an ex-vengeance demon who DoesntLikeMen, but finds herself falling for Xander anyway her insecurities around relationships and [[NoSocialSkills lack of awareness about social interaction]] cause [[LoveHurts some problems here]], though.

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** Faith's mother was a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[AlcoholicParent substance abuser]] and [[ParentalSubstitute her Watcher]] was brutally murdered in front of her; she continues down an emotional tailspin before having a FaceHeelTurn, then goes down a [[QuestForRedemption [[RedemptionQuest long, hard road to redemption]].
** Anya is an ex-vengeance demon who DoesntLikeMen, DoesNotLikeMen, but finds herself falling for Xander anyway her insecurities around relationships and [[NoSocialSkills lack of awareness about social interaction]] cause [[LoveHurts some problems here]], though.

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* DysfunctionJunction: It's more subtle in the earliest seasons, but it becomes increasingly obvious the Scoobies all have a lot of issues and [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled pasts]] to go around.
** Buffy has the responsibility of saving the world at the age of [[HarmfulToMinors just 15]] which [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne clashes with own plans for a happy and stable life]], her parents had a messy divorce which deeply affects her well into adulthood, [[ParentalAbandonment her dad abandoned her]]...and this is when the series ''starts''.
** Willow's parents are also divorced; her father is apparently [[DisappearedDad never around]] while her mother is rather [[ParentalObliviousness oblivious]] or [[EducationMama overly pushy]] and [[SoapboxSadie preachy]], and she spends most of her life up until college as a social outcast with [[HeroicSelfDeprecation poor self-esteem]] and [[ShrinkingViolet no confidence]].
** Xander's parents are actually not divorced, though he probably wishes they were because [[AwfulWeddedLife they do nothing but fight]] and are extremely [[ParentalObliviousness oblivious to his problems]]; he covers up his lack of self-esteem and insecurities [[StepfordSmiler with humour]].
** Giles has a very DarkAndTroubledPast involving [[FormerTeenRebel teen rebellion]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]] and black magic, earning him the nickname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ripper]], which he now tries desperately to move past (to the point of going a little ''too'' far the other way).
** Angel is [[TheAtoner brooding good vampire]], [[BlessedWithSuck cursed with a soul]] to punish him for all of past evils (of which there are ''many'') and he is also tormented by his [[StarcrossedLovers doomed love]] for Buffy.
** Cordelia is an AlphaBitch who [[HiddenDepths secretly]] only acts the way she does because she [[IJustWantToHaveFriends doesn't want to be alone]], even though she suspects none of her 'friends' [[FalseFriend really care about her]].
** Oz seems to have the most stable homelife, but also happens to be a werewolf, forcing him to be locked in a cage for three nights every month lest he goes on a rampage and hurts someone.
** Faith's mother was a [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] [[AlcoholicParent substance abuser]] and [[ParentalSubstitute her Watcher]] was brutally murdered in front of her; she continues down an emotional tailspin before having a FaceHeelTurn, then goes down a [[QuestForRedemption long, hard road to redemption]].
** Anya is an ex-vengeance demon who DoesntLikeMen, but finds herself falling for Xander anyway her insecurities around relationships and [[NoSocialSkills lack of awareness about social interaction]] cause [[LoveHurts some problems here]], though.
** Riley is a soldier who was trained to follow orders blindly, [[BrokenPedestal discovers that the organisation he works for is not the force of good he believed it to be and that his admired mentor is actually a pretty nasty piece of work]], who performs unethical experiments, tried to murder his girlfriend and experimented on ''him'' without his knowledge or consent; he subsequently struggles with being a DefectorFromDecadence and with his increasing awareness that Buffy [[AllLoveIsUnrequited doesn't love him as much as he loves her]].
** Tara's family are so [[AbusiveParents controlling and abusive]], it's a miracle they even let her go to college, grinding her down until she was a [[ShrinkingViolet stuttering and painfully shy]] [[ExtremeDoormat doormat]] who made teen!Willow look confident. Her mother was the only family member who was nice to her and [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest died when she was 17]]. And that's not even getting into the part where they tricked her into believing she was ''part-demon'', which turns out to be an utter lie designed to control her and the other women in her family.


* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang TheScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang TheScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy The Scooby Gang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]


* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang TheScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]


* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang The Scooby Gang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang The Scooby Gang]][[note]]Buffy [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles, Dawn Summers, Andrew Wells, Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Spike, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]


* AwesomeMcCoolname: No Alices or Bobs here; this is an Aerith-Only group. The only normal-name is Andrew.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: No Alices or Bobs here; this is an Aerith-Only group. The only normal-name normal-names are Andrew and Dawn (which is Andrew. kind of borderline). The other common names (Alexander, Daniel) avoid normalcy by going by unusual nicknames (Xander, Oz (from his last name, Osbourne)).


* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangOriginals Original Scooby Gang]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangLaterAdditions Later Additions]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangFormerMembers Former Members]]

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* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangOriginals Original Scooby Gang]]
Gang]][[note]]Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenburg, Xander Harris, Rupert Giles[[/note]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangLaterAdditions Later Additions]]
Additions]][[note]]Dawn Summers, Spike, Andrew Wells[[/note]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerScoobyGangFormerMembers Former Members]]Members]][[note]]Angel, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Oz, Riley Finn, Tara Maclay[[/note]]

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