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* BadassBoast: Having fled Sunnydale, Buffy's trying to abandon everything of her life as the Slayer, even to the point of going by her middle name, Anne. Then she gets tricked into falling into a hell dimension where demons are using humans kidnapped from Earth as slaves. To each slave, the slaver asks "Who are you?" then beats the captive until they reply "Nobody". The he reaches Buffy:
--->'''Demon''': Who are you?\\
''' Buffy''' I'm [[TitleDrop Buffy. The Vampire Slayer]]. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And you are]]? ''[[[HesBack Cue Buffy single-handly bringing down the entire operation]]]''

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ken's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Buffy. He ridiculing her for running away from Sunnydale and her old identity trying to disappear. "Congratulations. You got your wish."


* ArtShift: With better ratings came a bigger budget for the show; this episode was the first to be shot on larger-format 35mm film instead of the 16mm of the first two seasons, leading to a visible jump in image quality, particularly in nighttime scenes.

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* ArtShift: With better ratings came a bigger budget for the show; this episode was the first to be shot on larger-format 35mm film instead of the 16mm of the first two seasons, leading to a visible jump in image quality, particularly in nighttime scenes. Nerf Herder's theme tune has also been re-recorded in better quality and the logo in the opening credits is the iconic version used for the rest of the series (see EvolvingCredits below).


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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Seth Green is now part of the opening credits.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: More like getting Communism Past the Radar...After liberating a bunch of homeless from slave labor, Buffy is seen walking from the building holding a couple of oddly familiar melee weapons.


* MadeOfIron: Buffy gets slammed up onto the hood of the SUV while pulling her DivingSave. She's quickly surrounded by concerned citizens, who gape in amazement as she refuses to go to a hospital and runs off.


** At one point in the battle with Ken's henchmen, Buffy wields both a hammer and a hunga munga, which kind of looks like a sickle. The factory setting, hard labor and symbols from the old Soviet Union may be a visual play on the spirit of workers rising up against their oppressors.

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** At one point in the battle with Ken's henchmen, Buffy wields both [[HammerAndSickle a hammer and a hunga munga, which kind of looks like a sickle.sickle]]. The factory setting, hard labor and symbols from the old Soviet Union may be a visual play on the spirit of workers rising up against their oppressors.


* AnAxeToGrind / DropTheHammer: The guards take swings at Buffy with hand axes and blacksmith hammers.

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* AnAxeToGrind / DropTheHammer: AnAxeToGrind[=/=]DropTheHammer: The guards take swings at Buffy with hand axes and blacksmith hammers.



* BadLiar / DirtyHarriet: Buffy trying (and failing) to talk her way into Family House.

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* BadLiar / DirtyHarriet: BadLiar[=/=]DirtyHarriet: Buffy trying (and failing) to talk her way into Family House.



* IdiotBall: The Scoobies getting trounced by an undead gymnast.

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* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
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The Scoobies getting trounced by an undead gymnast.



* RealityEnsues:
** With Buffy gone, the Scoobies manage to slay some vampires, but in the most awkward, realistic way possible. When one runs away, Oz hurls a stake at it... and it bounces off a gravestone and lands pathetically on the ground a few feet away.
** Ken knocks Lily down and does a speech about how his realm is inescapable. Then she gets up and pushes him off the edge.



* TheReveal: Ken assuring Lily that her boyfriend is safe and sound at his halfway house.

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
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Ken assuring Lily that her boyfriend is safe and sound at his halfway house.



* TrappedInAnotherWorld

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* %%* TrappedInAnotherWorld


* TheBait: Cordy.

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* TheBait: Cordy.In Buffy's absence, the Scoobies had to work without her, and the role of bait gets passed to Cordelia. {{Subverted}} when Xander and Cordelia are too busy arguing over this, they fail to notice the vampire is sneaking up on Willow.



** Cordelia suggesting that Xander might have got together with an "Inca Mummy Girl" while she was away.

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** Cordelia suggesting that Xander might have got together with an "Inca "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E4IncaMummyGirl}} Inca Mummy Girl" Girl]]" while she was away.



* CarryABigStick / GoryDiscretionShot: Buffy splattering Ken's head.

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* CarryABigStick / GoryDiscretionShot: CarryABigStick[=/=]GoryDiscretionShot: Buffy splattering Ken's head.



* ComedyAsAWeapon / PreAsskickingOneLiner

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* ComedyAsAWeapon / PreAsskickingOneLinerComedyAsAWeapon[=/=]PreAsskickingOneLiner



* ComicallyMissingThePoint / LetsSplitUpGang: At the blood bank, Buffy thinks it would be best if she and Lily split up. Lily nods in agreement, then blankly asks, "Can I come with you?"

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint / LetsSplitUpGang: ComicallyMissingThePoint[=/=]LetsSplitUpGang: At the blood bank, Buffy thinks it would be best if she and Lily split up. Lily nods in agreement, then blankly asks, "Can I come with you?"


** The demons releasing "used up" slaves into the streets instead of just killing them. That's just asking for one of them keeping it together enough to report to the police, or for the just-a-bus-ride-away Slayer / Watcher team to take an interest. It would have been much more sensible to just abduct the youths without leaving any witnesses.



* LatexPerfection: Ken's rubber mask. "Do you have any idea how hard it is to glue that thing on?!"

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* LatexPerfection: Ken's rubber skin mask. "Do you have any idea how hard it is to glue that thing on?!"


* YouLookFamiliar: The actor playing Ken, Carlos Jacott, will reappear in Creator/JossWhedon next productions ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.

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* NeutralFemale: Subverted. Lily spends most of the episode completely useless, and during her and Buffy's daring escape from the demon world, she gets captured by the villain and threatened in order to stop Buffy from fighting. Then, in the middle of his villainous monologue, she pushes him off the balcony they're standing on.

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* HammerAndSickle: Buffy ends up wielding both during the climactic fight in the factory.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: This episode has the dark-fantasy-LA setting, and much of the atmosphere and thematic content, of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Notably a shot of a distraught woman standing by a roadside from this episode would be prominently featured in the title sequence of most seasons of ''Angel''.

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