Follow TV Tropes


Context HoYay / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

Go To

1HoYay[=/=]LesYay in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''----* Buffy and Faith have a ''ridiculous'' amount of Les Yay, which translated into a ridiculous amount of FoeYay after the latter's FaceHeelTurn. [[ This]] (very small) GIF sums it up, including Buffy's recurring dreams about Faith in which they 'make a bed' together. Writer Jane Espenson even suggested to creator Joss Whedon that there was lesbian subtext between them, and Joss agreed that [[WordOfGod he did write in lesbian subtext]] even though it was unintentional.** Despite Faith continually having trouble mingling with the rest of the group she loves to get Buffy to go slaying with her, and she makes no secret that slaying ''gets her horny''. Talk about strange foreplay.** Their 'outing' in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls}} Bad Girls]]" was pretty much a date, starting with Faith interrupting Buffy's class with a "hey girlfriend" and drawing a heart on the window, continuing to a bout of slaying, and ending with some very intense dancing.*** The commentary of that episode told us that that scene was based on an experience the writer had in school, where he witnessed a girl climb up to the window and do exactly that (minus the "staking") sign, and another girl promptly climbed out of the window. One assumes that they didn't go out to slay vampires.** Faith is blatantly jealous of Angel, paralleling Xander's hatred towards him, and in general is both endlessly curious about Buffy's love life and insistent on convincing her that men are worthless and can't be trusted. Indeed Faith is almost desperate to get Buffy to agree with her on how she views the world, as if she's looking for validation.** Their FoeYay is almost a direct mirror of that between Buffy and Angelus. Faith's attempts to bring Buffy over to {{the dark side}} compared to Angelus' manipulations, and the [[ Buffy/Faith fight in "Graduation Day"]] being just as tense and emotionally charged as the Buffy/Angelus fight in "Becoming, part 2".-->'''Faith:''' Ready to cut loose?-->'''Buffy:''' Try me.-->'''Faith:''' Okay then. (smiles) Give us a kiss.** Buffy is also willing to be enormously forgiving and understanding of Faith after she kills a man, lies about it and tried to kill Xander, just like her forgiveness of Angel after he regains his soul.** The infamous TakeThatKiss Faith gives to Buffy, which was [[ originally scripted]] to be on ''the lips'' instead of the forehead, and which Buffy ''returns'' when Faith's in her coma.** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E15ThisYearsGirl}} This Year's Girl]]", what starts out as Faith giving a BreakingSpeech to Joyce fairly quickly ends up as Faith ranting about Buffy not liking her anymore.-->'''Faith:''' "[Buffy] was over us a long time ago. Too busy climbing onto her new boytoy to give a single thought to the people that matter..."** Earlier in that same episode there is a scene where Faith is leaving the hospital and we hear a voiceover of Buffy saying, "I never stop thinking about you" before the scene cuts to reveal she's talking to Riley.** When Buffy and Faith meet up for the first time since their Season 3 fight:-->'''Faith:''' What'd you think? I'd wake up and we'd go for tea? You tried to gut me, blondie.-->'''Buffy:''' You'd have done the same to me if you had the chance.-->'''Faith:''' So let's have another go at it. See who lands on top.** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You?]], the very first thing Faith does after switching bodies with Buffy is ''take a bath''. Which included feeling herself (and that was just the stuff we saw).** What makes this better is that several times attempts were made to portray Faith as straight, from being disgusted at a drug addict hitting on her to saying she won't go downtown on another Slayer. [[IfItsYouItsOkay She seemingly makes an exception for Buffy.]]** Faith was 100% Buffy's date to the Homecoming dance. * Angel and Giles get really close on a peculiarly frequent basis given that they rarely interact, while Giles was shockingly quick to forgive Angel for killing Jenny.* The final between Drusilla and Kendra has been described as "almost sexualized" and "a G-rated lesbian interlude". This foreshadows the Les Yay between Drusilla and Darla in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.* Xander has made innumerable homoerotic comments and been in almost as many unintentionally romantic/sexual situations with other men. Coupled with his [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday frequent frantic denials]] and mild homophobia, this makes it ''very'' easy to read him as a closeted bisexual. Creator/JossWhedon has gone on record saying that, in the early seasons, he knew he wanted either Xander or Willow to experiment with their sexuality but didn't yet know which one, so both of them got a lot of... moments.** Xander explained why Willow would find Oz attractive. Later, he explained why Buffy would find Spike attractive, which lead to the immortal line "I am not having sex with Spike - but I'm starting to think that you might be."** The first time he sees the Initiative's ElaborateUndergroundBase: "Can I sleep with Riley too?" He sounds at least as sincere as he did when he half-jokingly suggested a "pre-birthday spanking" for Buffy in season two.*** Xander seems way more into Riley than Buffy is, in general. His speech to convince her not to break up with him was surprisingly impassioned. ** That season seven episode where the intertwined sexual history of Buffy, Spike, Xander and Anya is explained to a girl Xander likes. In response, she asks if any of them ''haven't'' slept together, and Xander and Spike share an awkward look.*** Spike calling Xander a 'nummy treat'.** The scene in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E15Phases}} Phases]]" where Xander confronts a JerkJock about him being a werewolf, only to turn out that he's just gay. And not only did Xander give him the courage to come out of the closet, but now he thinks Xander's gay as well.** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E14FirstDate}} First Date]]" Xander actually says he wants to be gay, although it's because he's sick of falling for female demons.* It's blatantly obvious that Giles and Ethan were involved in one way or another pre-series. [[WordOfGod Writer Jane Espenson]] has said that she thought the two of them had a past involvement romantically.** It certainly helps that nearly their every encounter comes across not as "Why did you turn away from the dark side, Ripper?" so much as "What happened to ''us'', Ripper?" Either that, or it's a noticeably more serious case of GoKartingWithBowser considering how often Ethan's visits get people killed.-->'''Ethan''': Oh, we go back - we go ''way'' back.** Parodied in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E12ANewMan}} A New Man]]" when Giles thinks Ethan is drunkenly hitting on him when he's really hitting on the waitress.** Also in "A New Man", Ethan describes them as "a couple of old mystics" in about the same tone of voice he'd use to call them "a couple of old queens" (maybe more of a British thing), and after Ethan tells him that "the night is still [their] time, the time of magic", the scene immediately cuts to Willow and Tara sharing one of their most obvious 'MAGIC IS HOMOSEXUALITY' moments.* The comics bring us Satsu, a Japanese Slayer who wakes Buffy with a TrueLovesKiss. Buffy is touched but tries to invoke ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to break up with her. Then they sleep together, twice, the first time Buffy saying it was one of the best nights of her life. Satsu, for her part, is upset when Angel returns because she sees him as a threat to her love interest.* Buffy and Willow have a very developed relationship that strongly rivals the more prominent Buffy/Faith Les Yay. This is more noticeable in Seasons 1, 2, and 3 despite their romantic interests. It still appears from time to time in the final three seasons, specifically in Season 7's "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E3SameTimeSamePlace}} Same Time, Same Place]]". Even ignoring the constant physical touches, the incredibly close emotional and supportive bond they have for each other is exceptional even amongst the other TrueCompanions, including constantly sharing looks at the same time and mimicking each other's actions (e.g. "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E4TeachersPet Teacher's Pet]]").** The interactions between Buffy and Willow in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E1WelcomeToTheHellmouth Welcome to the Hellmouth]]" are very easy to see as "love at first sight", particularly note the longing looks when Cordelia runs Willow off at the water fountain and the decisive way in which Buffy chooses Willow, despite Cordelia and Willow separately telling her that she can't have both and that choosing Willow will instantly mark her as unpopular.** Buffy hug-tackling Willow (out of pure glee) when she learns Willow is staying in Sunnydale to attend UC Sunnydale (the same college Buffy would be attending) in Season 3, and they get coffee together afterwards. This all despite Willow getting woo'd by Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and any prestigious academic school one can think of.** Then there is the scene in "Hush", season 4, where Buffy and Willow are seen holding hands while walking down the street. ** Willow plying [[spoiler: Satsu]] for details after she found out she [[spoiler: slept with Buffy]] in Season 8. Willow also goes so far as to ask if Buffy made a certain noise during the sex.*** Kennedy finds out about [[spoiler: Buffy and Satsu]] and is threatened enough about how close Buffy and Willow are she makes death threats. EveryoneCanSeeIt indeed.** Another, much more obvious (nearly blatant) example occurs later when Buffy and Willow are about to rescue Satsu. Note that Willow brings this up entirely out of the blue, and she's the canon lesbian.--->'''Willow''': And just so you know... [[BlatantLies I never wanted to sleep with you either]].--->'''Buffy''': What are you talking about?--->'''Willow''': I'm sayin' it's a good thing you didn't try your little experiment on me. 'Cause it wouldn't have worked, Summers. You're not even on my list.--->'''Buffy''': What list? There's a list?--->'''Willow''': Yep. And you're not on it. Not my type.--->'''Buffy''': Oh, yeah? Well, then, you're not on my list either!--->'''Willow''': Good. I don't want to be.--->'''Buffy''': Sure you do. It's a very distinguished list. It has people like um... Creator/JudiDench and UsefulNotes/EleanorRoosevelt on it.--->'''Willow''': Eww. Just got the visual.--->'''Buffy''': And other people too. Those are just examples off the top of my head.** At the end of season eight Willow indicates there's someone else after splitting with Kennedy, with the implication that it's Buffy before clarifying. At the start of season nine, Buffy wakes up from a wild night with Willow, the indication being they slept together. Willow doesn't deny this happening[[spoiler:, though they didn't]]. And season ten works out Willow's new love interest and looks like it wants to hook her and Buffy up. Throughout the series Willow has always had two love interests: the current boy/girl she liked, and Buffy.** This [[ Buffy and Willow Manifesto]] expands on several of the mentioned moments above as well.* Plenty of LesYay of the uber-creepy kind in the episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E16Doppelgangland}} Doppelgangland]]" between Willow and [[ScrewYourself her vampire counterpart from a parallel universe]], culminating in [=VampWillow=] licking Willow's neck.* Check the way Buffy kisses Dawn in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E22TheGift}} The Gift]]".** This exchange in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E19ToughLove}} Tough Love]]":-->'''Willow:''' ''(about Tara)'' She's my girl.-->'''Buffy:''' I understand.-->'''Willow:''' I know you do. ''[Buffy strokes Dawn's hair]''* The Buffybot talks about Willow "servicing" her in Season Six. When you add in the pre-existing LesYay with Buffy and Willow, Willow's overt homosexuality, and the Buffybot's [[SexBot original purpose]]...the start of season nine pretty much confirms Willow did it with the bot and currently it's looking very much like she's interested in the real thing.* Buffy and Kendra in season 2, kind of a "warm-up" to the Buffy-Faith relationship next season.* Buffy and Cordelia ("I know you share this feeling we have for each other, deep down...")** There's this exchange in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E5Reptile Boy}} Reptile Boy]]":-->'''Buffy''': I'm not going with Angel, I'm going with - egads - Cordelia.-->'''Willow''': Cordelia? Did I sound a little jealous there - Cordelia?-->'''Xander''': Cordelia's much better for you than Angel.** Also, even though Faith was Buffy's official date for the homecoming dance, she spent the whole time with Cordy.* On doing a spell in season 7, Anya says to Willow "It did get a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything little bit sexy]], [[ContinuityNod didn't it]]?"** And season five; "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E19ToughLove}} Tough Love]]": "You can sleep with me! [[ThatCameOutWrong ...That came out lot more lesbian than it sounded in my head."]]* It's heavily implied that there was something, even if we're not sure exactly what, between Warren and [[AmbiguouslyGay Andrew]] during season 6. Andrew was pretty obviously in love with him.-->'''Andrew:''' ''(Crying)'' He left me. He flew away and left me. How could he do this to me? He promised we'd be together, but he was just using me. He never really loved... [[LastSecondWordSwap hanging out with us.]]* Glory induced this way too much, to almost DepravedBisexual levels. Particularly with Dawn: changing in front of the girl, playing with her hair, accusing her of "trying to get a peek at [my] unmentionables?" Just the start.** Dawn/Glory goes both ways:-->'''Dawn:''' All of a sudden Glory's standing right there in front of us, all skanky and blonde and thinkin' she's all that just 'cause some bumpy heads kiss her stinky feet ... ''(pauses, very quietly)'' She ''does'' have nice feet.** Glory talks about having "girl time" with and says to her "Let's have big girl fun".** She also talks about having "girl time" with Tara and licks her hand in a sensual way.** Glory seems genuinely hurt when learning that Buffy broke off a date with her male alter-ego: "She ''turned us down?''" * "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E13DeadThings}} Dead Things]]" had Buffy break down crying in Tara's lap over [[CameBackWrong Coming Back Wrong]], begging Tara to not forgive her.** Tara, of all people, is Buffy's dream guide in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless}} Restless]]".* Xander is very complimentary of Dracula after being hypnotised by him in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E1BuffyVsDracula}} Buffy vs. Dracula]]", and in the comics Dracula is blatantly affectionate towards Xander. At least one writer has said he believes Dracula has romantic feelings for Xander.* In the season 1 finale "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl Prophecy Girl]]", while walking in the sewers together, Xander yells at Angel for staring at his neck.** Xander's first reaction to seeing Angel in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E4TeachersPet Teacher's Pet]]" is "He's a very attractive man."* Andrew and Jonathan in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E16Storyteller}} Storyteller]]". You might half-expect them to snuggle in the bed together.* Spike's victims in Season Seven were mostly women, but there was Holden Webster. Who Spike told his name to before siring him. Is the implication that he picked him up too? (Although Spike was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy under the First Evil's control]] at the time, it arguably could be considered MoreThanMindControl.)* Spike quite obviously adores Angelus almost as much as Drusilla, and is ecstatic when he briefly returns in season 2 (at least until he starts seducing Dru). He loathes Angel, but less in a "betrayed the cause" kind of way and more of a "jilted boyfriend" way. Flashback scenes in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' include some obvious HomoeroticSubtext, and a casual remark toward the end of the series confirms they were 'intimate' on at least one occasion.-->'''Angelus:''' Don't get me wrong, I love the ladies, but lately I've been wondering what it would be like, to share the slaughter of innocents wth another man. You don't think that makes me some kind of a deviant do ya?-->...-->'''Spike:''' Angelus and I were never intimate. [[{{Beat}} *beat*]] Well, except that once...* In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling]]" the demon Sweet plans to take Dawn (who he incorrectly assumes summoned him) back to the underworld to make her his queen. When Xander is revealed as the once who actually summoned Sweet, he asks if that means that ''he'' has to become Sweet's 'queen'. Sweet eyes him and says, "It's tempting".* In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E14Crush}} Crush]]", Harmony tells Spike:-->'''Harmony:''' No threesomes unless it's [[GuyOnGuyIsHot boy-boy-girl]]. Or Creator/CharlizeTheron.''* In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain}} Normal Again]]", Buffy is once again fed up with work.-->'''Buffy:''' I could wrestle naked in grease for a living and still be cleaner than after a shift at the Doublemeat.-->'''Willow:''' Plus, [[MudWrestling I'd visit you at work every single day]].* Andrew seems to have a bit of a crush on Xander in Season 7. At one point, he's watching a video recording of Xander and ex-girlfriend Anya having an emotional exchange about their still-present feelings for each other, and he mouths along to Anya's side of the conversation.* Riley's second-in-command Forrest seemed awfully possessive of him. He expressed jealousy when Riley picked Buffy as his second, complained along the lines of "it's our thing". He insisted he be the one to take care of Riley when he was injured and his dialogue with Buffy sounded awful lot like a jealous ex.* Amy and Willow, particularly in "Smashed." Tara even looks jealous seeing the two coming home from the club together. After Amy's FaceHeelTurn in Season 6 this turns into FoeYay, mirroring the Faith/Buffy dynamic.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: