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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/screenshot_20190219_071106_video_player.jpg]] ²²-->''These endless days are finally ending in a blaze, and we are caught in the fire, the point of no return. So we will walk through the fire, and let it burn.''²-->-- '''Walk Through The Fire, from [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling Once More With Feeling]].'''²²Buffy kills a bloody and beaten-up Caleb with the Scythe by slicing him in two from the crotch up. Angel gives Buffy an amulet intended to be worn by someone ensouled, yet more than human. He says he'll fight alongside her, but she rebuffs the offer and tells him to organize a second front with his team in case she can't beat The First. They discuss Spike, his soul, and Buffy's feelings for him; Angel shows obvious jealousy and annoyance about Buffy having feelings for Spike, while Buffy--annoyed by his childish and possessive attitude--questions his maturity ("Are you twelve?"). When Angel asks about the future, and if he has a place in it, Buffy says she still needs to grow up.²²-> '''Buffy:''' I'm cookie dough. I'm not done baking. I'm not finished becoming whoever the hell it is I'm gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day, I turn around and realize I'm ready. I'm cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat m--or enjoy warm, delicious, cookie me, then that's fine. That'll be then. When I'm done.²-> '''Angel:''' Any thoughts on who might enjoy--do I have to go with the cookie analogy?²-> '''Buffy:''' I'm not really thinking that far ahead. That's kind of the point. ²²As Angel walks into the shadows, Buffy tells him there might be a future for them, but it will be a long time coming, if ever. Angel's reply? "I ain't getting any older."²²Back at the house, Dawn kicks Buffy's leg for having Xander try to take her away from Sunnydale in the previous episode. Spike is in the basement, working out his anger on a punching bag with a crude drawing of Angel's face on it. That sight irritates Buffy, who ponders putting the two vampires in a room and letting them fight out their problems. Spike asks for the amulet, whose exchange he had witnessed from the shadows. Buffy hands it over after she explains that it is meant only for a champion. She then tells Spike that she has nowhere to sleep, and after an initial prideful rebuttal, he invites her to stay.²²Later that night, an insomnia-stricken Buffy paces the basement as Spike sleeps. As she paces, The First appears to her as Caleb, unhappy that Buffy killed him--but eager to point out how an army of the undead waits to rise from the Hellmouth and help The First become corporeal. It shifts into Buffy's form and taunts her, reminding her that she's the Slayer--the one Slayer in the whole world. The First disappears as Spike awakens, and Buffy tells Spike she's realized something she hadn't considered: they're going to win the fight.²²Buffy meets with the Potentials and her other allies the next morning, unveiling her plan off-camera. Willow expresses her concerns about using magic again (especially since whatever magic she'll be using will be the most powerful magic she will have ever attempted) and asks Kennedy to kill her if it turns bad. Faith and Principal Wood have a personal discussion while preparing the school for the battle; Wood demonstrates that he understands her defensiveness over getting emotionally involved with men, but still asks her to give him a chance after the battle. During the night, Buffy goes to the basement, where she apparently spends her last night with Spike.²²On the morning of the assault, Buffy and her army arrives at Sunnydale High in a yellow school bus. The Potentials head to the seal in the basement while Kennedy helps Willow set up her spell in Principal Wood's office. After trying to give a farewell speech, Andrew is dragged off by Anya. Dawn leaves to set up her post with Xander, determined to see her sister again. Principal Wood leaves to wait at his post for Giles. The original four Scoobies share a last moment with each other before the assault by...talking about going to the mall after saving the world.²²->'''Buffy:''' I'm having a wicked shoe craving.²->'''Xander:''' Aren't you on the patch?²->'''Willow:''' Those never work.²->'''Buffy:''' Never.²->'''Giles:''' And here I am, invisible to the eye, not having any vote. ²²Xander and Willow walk down the hallway with Buffy before each one leaves to handle their assignments, leaving Buffy alone as she walks to the seal, where the Potentials, Faith, and Spike are waiting. Buffy, Faith, and the Potentials cut their hands to open the seal with their blood. They climb down the hole in the ground and come face-to-face with the army of Turok-Han. The Ubervamps spot Buffy and her army before they're ready and attack. "Come on, Will," Buffy pleads.²²Willow sits in Principal Woods' office, the Scythe before her. While chanting a spell, she places her hands upon the Scythe, and both she and the Scythe light up in an ethereal glow as her hair turns white. The scene then flashes back to Buffy revealing her plan: she wants to break the tradition of "only one Slayer per generation" by turning ''every Potential in the world into a Slayer''.²²->'''Buffy:''' In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule; I say "my power" should be "our power". Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of this scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power--can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong? ²²As Willow performs the actual magic, Kennedy tells Willow that she is a goddess. "And you're a Slayer," Willow replies. Willow collapses, exhausted ("That was nifty!"), as Kennedy takes the Scythe and delivers it to Buffy...²²...who is deep in the fight with her army against the army of the Turok-Han, which now numbers in the thousands. As she pauses to give orders, Buffy is stabbed through her abdomen from behind by one of the Turok-Han and falls to the ground. She passes the Scythe to Faith and asks her to hold the line. While Buffy tries to recover, she watches several of the Potentials-turned-Slayers fall, including Amanda. In the halls of the school, a few Turok-Han and a small group of Bringers make it to the surface and attack the groups guarding the entrances. During the battle, one of the Bringers kills Anya, and Andrew fights until he is overwhelmed. Another Bringer stabs Principal Wood, then dies by Giles's hand. Xander and Dawn take on a group Turok-Han, who are disintegrated by sunlight when Dawn throws open a skylight window.²²The onslaught seems relentless on all fronts, but nowhere more than in the Hellmouth, where The First appears to Buffy as a mortally-wounded copy of the Slayer.²²->'''The First:''' Oh, no. Ow. Mommy, this mortal wound is all...itchy.²²It then kneels down in front of Buffy and mocks her attempt to stop its plans ("You pulled a nice trick; you came pretty close to smacking me down") before asking Buffy what more she wants. Buffy fires back with a angry retort--"I want you to get out of my face!"--then arises with renewed determination and knocks several Turok-Han off the ledge. Her determination helps reinvigorate the other Slayers, and as they fight, The First disappears. Right after that moment, Spike's amulet consumes him in blue light and blasts a hole upward into the sky. The amulet channels the sunlight shining through the hole, turning it into powerful rays that take out the Ubervamps. The entire cavern starts to shake, which the the surviving Slayers take as their cue to get out. Buffy tells Spike to escape, but he insists on finishing the job. They share a quiet moment as the world crumbles around them:²²->'''Buffy:''' I love you.\²'''Spike:''' No, you don't. ...But thanks for saying it.²²Buffy leaves, and soon after, Spike disintegrates as the Hellmouth collapses.²²On the way out of the school, the Slayers find Andrew crouched in a corner. Xander yells for Anya, but doesn't see her dead and mangled body lying nearby; Dawn has to pull him out to the bus. Faith makes it on the bus last, and as it pulls away, Dawn looks back for Buffy--who has climbed to the roof of the school. Buffy runs along the school's rooftops in a desperate attempt to outrun the enlarging crater, then leaps onto the top of the bus at the last second. When she turns back around, she gets to watch the entire town of Sunnydale collapse into the crater.²²After the ground stops shaking, everyone gets off the bus. Xander asks Andrew about Anya, and he says Anya died while protecting him, which seems to comfort Xander. Faith looks after a wounded Principal Wood, who charms her with a little bit of flirting despite his grave situation. While Kennedy, Vi, and a few others tend to the wounded Slayers, everyone else joins Buffy as she looks at the massive crater that was once Sunnydale. Giles asks how this could've happened, since everyone either died or is alive and with them. A distraught Buffy answers with one word: "Spike." Giles mentions that they should go to Cleveland, as there's another Hellmouth there--and lots more work to do. (An exhausted Faith responds, "Can I push him in?") The Scoobies lament the loss of the mall, which has ruined their post-war shopping plans.²²After Dawn asks what they're going to do next, Buffy smiles as she contemplates the future ahead of her.²²----²²!''Chosen'' contains the following tropes:²* ActionFashionista: When Angel first gives her the amulet, Buffy says she doesn't have an outfit that goes with it.²* AllWomenLoveShoes: Buffy [[GallowsHumor casually suggests]] the Scoobies engage in some RetailTherapy after they've defeated the UltimateEvil.²-->'''Giles:''' Well, now aren't we gonna discuss this? Save the world to go to the mall?²-->'''Buffy:''' I'm having a wicked shoe craving.²-->'''Xander:''' Aren't you on the patch?²-->'''Willow:''' Those never work.²* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Angel gets jealous because Spike has a soul too, and is involved with Buffy. Spike is pissed because [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest Buffy still loves Angel]].²* AnalogyBackfire: Buffy tries to pass off her Angel snog as 'just saying hello.'²-->'''Spike:''' Most people don't say hello with their tongues...[[OnSecondThought actually, they do]].²* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: When Buffy announces that she killed Caleb, Willow's reaction is "Well, all right!". ²* AnyoneCanDie: Anya and MauveShirt Amanda are killed in the battle.²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Angel bluntly asks if she's in love with Spike, Buffy is noticeably thrown for a moment.²* BackForTheFinale: Angel, [[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham though he doesn't stay]].²* BaitAndSwitchComment: Giles says Buffy's plan is...bloody brilliant.²* BerserkButton: Anya rouses herself to face TheLegionsOfHell by thinking of [[PunctuatedForEmphasis floopy...hoppy...bunnies!]]²* BigBadassBattleSequence²* BigOMG: Willow gasps out "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Oh...my...Goddess!]]" while turning into one.²* BlatantLies: Andrew makes up one last story, that Anya died heroically saving his life instead of telling Xander she was virtually cut in half from behind by a Bringer.²* BookEnds: The conversation between Buffy, Xander, Giles and Willow before the final fight mirrors one at the end of "The Harvest", and that conversation is the first time that all four of them have been back to Sunnydale high since Season 4. Likewise Angel backing away from Buffy into the shadows, as he did after their first meeting in "Welcome to the Hellmouth".²** After that conversation, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles walk down the hall. Giles is the first to split away from Buffy, then Willow, and lastly Xander, in reverse the order in which they met in "Welcome to the Hellmouth".²** There are certain elements of this throughout the whole season, as Buffy metaphorically goes "Back to the Beginning" and finds the origin of the Slayer Line.²* BloodMagic: Buffy, Faith and the Potentials cut their palms to open the Seal fully, [[RuleOfSymbolism with all the implied menstrual overtones]].²* BondOneLiner: Subverted slightly after Buffy kills Caleb by slicing him in two. When Angel asks her where he is, she replies "He had to split", then [[BloodyHilarious breaks into nerdish giggles]]. ²** Xander is fighting an ubervamp when Dawn opens a skylight, dusting it.²-->'''Xander:''' We call that the Greenhouse Effect. Very dangerous-- ([[FailedAttemptAtDrama gets tackled by a Bringer]])²* BrainBleach: After hearing Caleb is dead, Xander suggests they all have a party in his eye-socket, {{squick}}ing everyone out with the image.²* BreakTheHaughty: A mildly humorous example when Wood critiques Faith on her bedroom prowess, claiming to be unimpressed. Faith is clearly very taken aback and suggests going again to prove him wrong.²* BrickJoke²** In the AlternateRealityEpisode "The Wish" (in which Buffy never came to Sunnydale) Giles phones up Buffy's Watcher to try and get her help. The Watcher complains that Buffy is very busy, what with UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} being a hotbed of demonic activity; Giles and the Watcher end up arguing over whether there's a Hellmouth in Sunnydale too. At the end of "Chosen" the Scoobies rejoice over having closed the Hellmouth, to which Giles dourly replies there's another one in Cleveland.²** The opening of the series finished with Giles saying, "The Earth is doomed" in response to the Scoobies less-than-serious attitude to their task. Here the Scoobies act in a similar matter, causing Giles to say, "The Earth is definitely doomed."²* BringMyBrownPants: As the cast march into Sunnydale High for the final battle, Xander tells the Potentials where the bathrooms are. If they don't have to go, he suggests they picture what they're about to face -- an army of Ubervamps under the Hellmouth. "Better to go now." Later one of the Potentials regrets not taking his advice when seeing what's facing them.²* BuffySpeak: "Splainy?" "Not much with the [[DamselInDistress damseling]]."²* CallBack²** Buffy to Angel: "And what was the highlight of our relationship? The time [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E20TheProm you broke up with me]] or the time [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 I killed you]]?"²** Andrew thanking his brother Tucker for inspiring him to raise demons ("The Prom").²** Buffy complains about Angel turning up and acting jealous whenever she has a boyfriend, which also happened with Riley Finn in "The Yoko Factor". ²** Buffy, Faith and the Potentials charge into the Hellmouth, and then a flashback to what the plan was, similar to the end of Season Five when we find out what Buffy said to Dawn just prior to jumping in "The Gift".²** Angel can hardly believe that Buffy is involved with Spike; the last time he saw them together in "Lovers Walk", he had to restrain Buffy from staking Spike on the spot. Whereas in that same episode, Spike expressed his disbelief that Buffy and Angel were "just friends".²* TheChampion: Spike asks for the amulet Angel brought. Buffy explains that it has to be worn by a champion, which Spike clearly thinks isn't him. Buffy then pointedly hands the amulet to Spike.²* TheChosenMany: Slayer Army!²* CollapsingLair²* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The Turok-Han fall victim to this. Even Dawn gets to kill one.²* [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding Conveniently Empty Town]]: Just as well the entire population of Sunnydale decided to switch off their WeirdnessCensor, eh?²* CowardlyLion: Vi and Rona turn into {{Blood Knight}}s once they gain their Slayer powers.²-->'''Vi:''' (watching thousands of ubervamps charging towards her) These guys are dust.²* CowerPower: Andrew cowers behind Anya as the battle begins, even though she'd readily agreed earlier that the opposite should happen.²-->'''Anya:''' So that leaves me and the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeon]] [[TheNicknamer Master]] in the north hall?²-->'''Andrew:''' We will defend it with our very lives.²-->'''Anya:''' Yes, we will defend it with his very life.²-->'''Xander:''' And don't be afraid to use him as a {{human shield}}.²-->'''Anya:''' Good, yes, thanks. ²* CreditsGag: The Grrr Argh! monster turns his head to snarl [[BreakingTheFourthWall directly at the audience]].²* {{Crossover}}: Series/{{Angel}} makes an appearance with the file and amulet given to him by Lilah Morgan in "[[Recap/AngelS04E22Home Home]]".²* DareToBeBadass²-->'''Buffy:''' Every girl who ''could'' have the power, '''will''' have the power. ''Can'' stand up, '''will''' stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?²* DeadpanSnarker: Lampshaded by Anya when she says she assumed Andrew would be terrified and she'd be sarcastic about it. Turns out they're both terrified.²* DeadPersonConversation²-->'''Giles:''' I'll go dig up my sources. Quite literally, actually, two of the people I have to talk to are dead...²* DeusExMachina: The amulet and the Scythe.²* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Creator/JossWhedon left the question of whether Spike and Buffy have a PreClimaxClimax [[ShrugOfGod deliberately vague]].²* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Buffy taunts the First over it's inability to do [[IShallTauntYou anything but taunt]], and suggests it adopt the name "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Taunter]]" instead.²* DiesWideOpen: Played straight with Amanda, then subverted with Robin Wood, who's only faking to tease Faith.²* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: In the HilariousOuttakes.²-->'''Joss Whedon:''' Does this series finale make my butt look big?²-->'''Voice from off-camera:''' No. ''You'' make your butt look big.²-->'''Joss Whedon:''' ''(fake crying)'' Waah.²* TheDogBitesBack: In the {{montage}} of Potentials all over the world suddenly gaining Slayer powers, one girl in the process of being slapped by an AbusiveParent [[PunchCatch catches his hand]] and {{Death Glare}}s.²* DoubleEntendre²** Buffy tells Spike that Angel was just passing through. Spike retorts, "Oh, just popped by for a quickie then?"²** Faith tells Wood to [[{{Pun}} have a little faith]]. He mutters, "I think I've had my share."²* DoubleVision: Buffy vs. First!Buffy. SnarkToSnarkCombat ensues.²* DyingDeclarationOfLove: As foretold by Cassie in "Help", Buffy finally says she loves Spike. Sadly, due to either having to lie to her to get her to go, or genuinely believing she was simply telling him what he wanted to hear, he says she doesn't. Still, this is the first LoveConfession Buffy has made to any boyfriend since the tragic events of "Innocence" in Season 2, so even her willingness to say it [[TheFourLoves means something]].²* EarlyBirdCameo: Possibly. In the montage of slayers awakening worldwide there's a brief scene of a Japanese girl standing up from a table. Satsu?²* EarnYourHappyEnding: The Core Four survive the final battle, Buffy faces the prospect of a normal life where she no longer has the sole burden of being the Slayer, Faith meets a decent man who challenges her cynical isolationist crap, and Spike is reincarnated in the spin-off series.²* ExactEavesdropping: Spike walks out in disgust over how Buffy is fawning over Angel, right after which she starts making up excuses why Angel should leave.²* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Spike's last words:²-->'''Spike''': I wanna see how it ends.²* FailedASpotCheck: Xander is shouting out for Anya, but fails to see her dead body as she's lying among a pile of Bringer corpses.²* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Buffy coyly tells Spike that Faith [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed is still using her bed]], only for Spike to respond indignantly that she's not buying him off after having snogged Angel. "I have my pride, you know!"²-->'''Buffy:''' (looks sad) I understand. (turns to walk away)²-->'''Spike:''' (intercepting her) Clearly you don't, 'cause the whole "having my pride" thing was just a smokescreen.²-->'''Buffy:''' (sighs with relief) Oh, thank God!²-->'''Spike:''' [[LoveMartyr I don't know what I would have done if you'd have gone up those stairs.]]²** Andrew giving an Oscar award-type farewell speech, [[LongSpeechTeaTime only for Anya to cut him off]]. "Nobody cares."²* FatalAttractor: Buffy finally realises this isn't her fault, and she can concentrate on herself as opposed to finding Mr Right.²* FelonyMisdemeanor: "We destroyed {{the mall}}? I fought on the wrong side."²* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Angel/Spike rivalry continues in Season 5 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', and the two eventually do fight it out in "Destiny" (oil is ''not'' involved).²* FoeCooties: Angel left Buffy so she could have normal relationships, only to find she's hooked up with his vampire rival Spike.²* TheFourLoves: The Core Four [[TrueCompanions reaffirm their connection]], Spike shows Unconditional Love with his HeroicSacrifice, and the ending leaves it ambiguous whether Buffy's love for Spike is Romantic or Platonic.²* FreudianSlip: Willow has to do some powerful magic, and tells Kennedy [[StakingTheLovedOne she might have to kill her if she turns evil]]. Kennedy retorts, "Bite me!" Willow says, "[[CasualKink I will]]...I mean I do mean it."²* TheGlomp: Dawn hugs Buffy after she survives Sunnydale's destruction.²* GoOutWithASmile: Even as he slowly burns down to the bone, Spike goes out laughing and smiling, having seen the fight through to the end.²* GoryDiscretionShot: Which is [[ShareTheMalePain just as well]]. When Angel asks where Caleb is, Buffy pointedly looks in [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe two different places]].²* GrandFinale²* GreenEyedMonster: [[PortmanteauCoupleName Bangel vs. Spuffy]]²-->'''Buffy:''' Like I haven't had enough jealous vampire crap for one night.²* GroinAttack: To end all groin attacks -- Superpowered Slayer. Scythe. [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Slice in half]] from the groin up.²-->'''Caleb:''' [[YouFool Stupid girl.]] [[TemptingFate You'll never stop me. You don't have the—]]\²'''Scythe:''' *THWACK*\²'''Buffy:''' Who does nowadays? ²* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Annoyed over their mutual jealousy, Buffy suggests putting her two vampire ex-boyfriends in a room together so they could fight out their frustrations. When Spike says that's fine with him, she adds (with a certain amount of relish), "[[MudWrestling There could be oil involved]]." Note that this trope is a view held by [[YaoiFangirl much of the show's fanbase]] as well.²* HalfTruth: Buffy says she needs Angel to go back to Los Angeles, to prepare a second line of defense if she can't hold the Hellmouth. Angel, however, is picking up the distinct smell of Spike, and realises she wants him out of the way to avoid confusing the issue.²* HandicappedBadass: Rona fights with one arm in a cast.²* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: For once not played for laughs or denial. Angel wants to know if Spike is Buffy's boyfriend. Buffy says no, but then says frankly "[[TheFourLoves He is in my heart]]."²* HeldGaze: Spike/Buffy in the basement (FadeToBlack) and during his HeroicSacrifice. Also Buffy indulges in a brief moment of "basking" when Angel first turns up.²* HeroicSacrifice: Spike. [[UnexplainedRecovery He got better though]].²* HeroicSecondWind: Buffy's stabbed by a random ubervamp, but after some taunting from the BigBad, dramatically rises to her feet and carries on kicking ass.²-->'''First Evil (in the form of Buffy):''' That was a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down. What more do you want?²-->'''Buffy:''' I want you...[[StealthPun to get out of my]] ''[[StealthPun face!]]''²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The First taunting Buffy about being the lone Slayer to demoralize her backfires in its face: it gives her the idea to make all the Potentials full Slayers instead.²* HoldingHands: Buffy and Xander exchange a hand squeeze before they part ways.²* HollywoodTactics: Buffy's plan to even the odds in the coming battle of her gang of Potential Slayers vs. the hundreds of uber-powerful vampires lurking in the Hellmouth is to have Willow cast a spell that will upgrade them all to full Slayer status. Fine, but instead of waiting safely for a few minutes until the spell is complete and then entering the arena fully powered-up and prepared, they instead inexplicably charge into the Hellmouth and hide out on a ledge hoping not to be seen. They are immediately spotted, and have to begin the fight severely outgunned and hold the line until Willow finishes casting. They should have waited in the basement above and chopped the ubervamps as they tried to crowd through the narrow Seal but hey; RuleOfCool.²* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Vi is seen shouting at a wounded Rona to stay awake. The Season 8 comics show she survived.²* HypocriticalHumor²-->'''Anya:''' Come on, let's go assemble the [[RedShirtArmy cannon fodder]].²-->'''Xander:''' That's not what we're calling them, sweetie.²-->'''Anya:''' Not to their faces. What, am I insensitive?²* IAintGotTimeToBleed: After being stabbed in the guts with a sword, Buffy still masters enough HeroicSecondWind to slay a bunch of ubervamps, outrun the collapse of Sunnydale, and leap onto a moving bus.²* ImHavingSoulPains: Spike exalts in the feel of his soul burning as he dies.²* ImmortalImmaturity²-->'''Angel:''' You know, ''I'' started it. The whole "having a soul". Before it was all the cool new thing.\²'''Buffy:''' Oh my god. Are you ''twelve''?²* IntertwinedFingers: Buffy and Spike do this even though Spike's hand has burst into flame.²* IronicEcho²-->'''First!Buffy:''' Into every generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. She alone will have the strength and skill to... There's that word again! What you are, how you'll die -- Alone.²* KarmaHoudini: The First. Justified because it's incorporeal.²* KarmicDeath: Caleb the Crazy Misogynist Guy gets his knackers chopped by Buffy the Feminist Icon.²* KilledOffForReal: Anya and Amanda. Averted with Spike, who returns a few weeks later on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.²* KilledMidSentence: Caleb²* LameComeback: Subverted: Buffy doesn't give one of her trademark snappy comebacks because the First has just given her a EurekaMoment.²* LamePunReaction: After her "had to split" quip, Buffy notes that she hasn't had a good pun in a while.²-->'''Angel:''' That would still be the case.\²'''Buffy:''' Hey, my kill, my wordplay. ²* TheLegionsOfHell²* LetThemDieHappy: Attempted. Spike is saving the day but also burning up in the sunlight. As he's dying, [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Buffy says she loves him]]. Spike responds, "No you don't, but thanks for saying it." Whether she actually meant it is subject to WildMassGuessing and ShrugOfGod, so there's that.²* LightIsGood: Instead of the return of Dark!Willow, Willow glows and her hair turns white.²* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: By the finale, Willow is considerably more powerful than Buffy, and is one of the most powerful witches on earth.²* LittleGirlsKickShins: Buffy comes home and is confronted by her little sister who was supposed to be packed off with Xander. Dawn {{Death Glare}}s at Buffy, then kicks Big Sis in the shin.²-->'''Buffy:''' ({{beat}}) Ow.²-->'''Dawn:''' Dumbass.²-->'''Buffy:''' If you get killed, I'm telling.²* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: The first Ubervamp was a tough enemy even for Buffy. By the time of this episode even Anya and Dawn manage to kill some.²* MadeOfPlasticine: Anya gets sliced almost in half by a Bringer armed with a short sword.²* MeaningfulEcho: In the Season 6 episode "Dead Things" it's Buffy who replies "No you don't" to Spike's "I love you".²* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Mocked by First!Buffy as Buffy lies bleeding on the ground in front of her.²-->"Gee Mommy, this mortal wound is all itchy."²* MaybeEverAfter:²** Buffy tells Angel it could be years before she's ready to settle down permanently with a guy, but she does sometimes think that far ahead. Angel says he's not getting any older.²** Faith and Wood, for that matter. She seems to be giving him a chance, and at the end, when Wood "surprises" Faith by making it out alive, they seemed to have progressed to being a couple. This is only in the television continuity, however; the Season 8 comics reveal that the two did enter into a relationship, though it did not last, as Faith refers to Wood as "the ex" around a year later.²* NearVillainVictory: Spike's amulet doesn't work. Buffy is mortally wounded, Faith is down and so is Kennedy. Then suddenly they all get up again.²* NeckSnap: Amanda's death.²* NeverSayGoodbye: Buffy calls out to Dawn as she's leaving for her allocated area. Dawn turns and says firmly, "No. Anything you say is gonna sound like good-bye." Buffy then turns to the rest of the Scoobies and engages in their usual GallowsHumor.²* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The First taunts Buffy over how she'll always be alone. This gives Buffy the idea of sharing her Slayer power with all the Potentials.²** Later, it's the First taunting her again that gives Buffy the strength to finish the fight.²-->'''First!Buffy:''' Oww! Mommy, this mortal wound is all ''itchy''. You pulled a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down. What more do you want?²-->'''Buffy:''' I want you to ''get out of my face!''²* TheNicknamer: Captain Peroxide vs. [[ForeheadOfDoom Tall, Dark and Forehead]].²* NotQuiteDead: Was ''anyone'' surprised when Caleb got to his feet again?²-->'''Buffy:''' OK...[[WhyWontYouDie how many times do I have to kill you?]] Ballpark figure.²* NotSoDire: Several of the gang are shown looking at a map, discussing where they're standing and what they're planning to do. It turns out that they're not planning the final battle which may well decide the fate of the world -- they're playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. ²* NotStayingForBreakfast: Wood is not surprised that Faith doesn't. He thinks it's because she's a Slayer, but when she explains her grim view of men ogling her he teases her that he's more attractive than she is, goading and intriguing her into first trying to do him on the spot, then continuing their relationship.²* OhCrap²** Caleb when Buffy slams the Scythe into a ''[[GroinAttack really]]'' [[GroinAttack tender spot]]...and then moves to [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe finish the job]].²** Buffy keeps saying "[[SurvivalMantra I'm not worried]]" as she advances to a ledge overlooking the Hellmouth. On seeing the vast army of ubervamps below she whimpers, "I'm not worried...[[TemptingFate as long as Willow can work her spell before they]] (the Turok-Han look up and snarl) ...see us."²** The First, the ''ultimate original evil'', has this reaction when [[HeroicSecondWind Buffy gets back on her feet]].²** Spike has an "Oh bollocks!" moment when his amulet powers up.²* OffhandBackhand: Faith after [[TakeUpMySword taking over the scythe]] from Buffy.²-->'''Creator/JossWhedon:''' (shooting script) She holds out her scythe to Faith. A moment, and Faith takes it. Stabs the guy behind her without looking at him. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge And then goes apeshit on the fuckers]].²* OneLastSmoke: The script includes a (never filmed) scene in which [[FormerTeenRebel Giles]] and [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Robin Wood]] share a "[[EverybodyMustGetStoned hand rolled cigarette]]" before the final battle.²* OnlyAFleshWound: Buffy. Sword. Gut. RoofHopping.²* OutsideTheBoxTactic²* PercussiveTherapy: Spike pounds away at a punching bag [[DartboardOfHate on which he's stuck a crude drawing of a vampire]] with SpikyHair.²* PersonAsVerb: [[GreenEyedMonster Angel]] is going all [[Series/DawsonsCreek Dawson]] on Buffy.²* PersonOfMassDestruction: Spike's amulet shoots [[LightIsGood beams of light]] which incinerate the attacking ubervamps and collapse Sunnydale on top of the Hellmouth.²* PhysicalGod: Instead of going all [[BlackEyesOfEvil black-eyed]] and [[TaintedVeins veiny]] as she feared, Willow turns into a WhiteMagic goddess.²* PretenderDiss: The First derides Buffy's "Wanna-slay Brigade".²* PseudoCrisis: The last episode implied that Spike might fall under the First's influence due to jealousy. He just goes and [[PercussiveTherapy works out his frustrations on a punching bag]].²* RealityEnsues: The finale is pretty much a WarArc come to it's conclusion and, as with any war, not everyone is going to make it out alive. Among which are Anya, Amanda and Spike (though he gets better on ''Series/{{Angel}}'').²* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Averted; Andrew is stunned that he didn't die as expected.²* RousingSpeech: Buffy gets one more for the road.²-->'''Buffy:''' I hate this. I hate being here. I hate that you have to be here. I hate that there's evil, and that I was chosen to fight it. I wish, a whole lot of the time, that I hadn't been. I know a lot of you wish I hadn't been either. (Kennedy and Rona look away) But this isn't about wishes. This is about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes, not when its army is ready, now. Tomorrow morning I'm opening the seal. I'm going down into the hellmouth, and I'm finishing this once and for all. Right now you're asking yourself, "what makes this different? What makes us anything more than a bunch of girls being picked off one by one?" It's true none of you have the power that Faith and I do. So here's the part where you make a choice.²* RoofHopping: Buffy chasing the bus, with the buildings collapsing behind her as she runs.²* RuleOfCool: Joss has specifically cited this as the reason why all of the ubervamps suddenly start dying a lot easier than in "Bring On The Night", even when being fought by normal humans.²* RuleOfSymbolism: Buffy sharing a FriendshipMoment with the Core Four, who peel off from her one by one until she walks alone... to where the Potentials are waiting.²** [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E7FoolForLove Spike becomes effulgent.]]²** StrawMisogynist HeManWomanHater Caleb gets bisected, all the way up starting with his testicles.²* RunningGag: Spike knocking down the Welcome to Sunnydale sign, as he did in "School Hard" and "Lovers Walk" (also RuleOfThrees). Andrew complaining that he has [[SicklyNeuroticGeek swimmer's ear]].²* SaveTheWorldClimax²* SayingTooMuch:²** Willow blurts out that Kennedy has a pierced tongue. Dawn is LateToThePunchline.²** Buffy avoids answering when Angel [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend wants to know if Spike is her lover]], and is he going to [[PersonAsVerb go all Dawson]] every time she has a new boyfriend? Angel points accusingly. "Aha! Boyfriend!"²* SecurityCling: Averted; Buffy is eager to share her bed with Spike, platonically or otherwise, but in the middle of the night she starts gets up and starts pacing the basement, when the First appears.²-->'''Buffy:''' Talk on. I'm not afraid of you.²-->'''First:''' Then why aren't you asleep in your dead lover's arms?²* ShapedLikeItself: Faith re NotStayingForBreakfast.²-->"Look, I'm sorry if it seemed like I was blowing you off the other day. I was just trying to, you know, blow you off."²* ShoutOut: As everyone walks into Sunnydale High, Wood tells the Potentials there's one rule: "[[Film/TheWildBunch If they move, kill them.]]" Also, in the game of D&D that Andrew is running, Giles ends up facing [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Trogdor the Burninator]]. ²* ShutUpHannibal: Buffy's brilliant comeback to First!Buffy.²-->'''Buffy:''' I want you...to [[StealthPun get out of my face!]]²* SlicesDicesAndMakesJulienneFries: Buffy re the Scythe.²-->"It slices, it dices, it makes julienne Preacher."²* SlowMotion: The melee shot of Buffy decapitating an ubervamp while the others fight in the background.²* SmellsSexy: Angel gets jealous when he picks up the SignatureScent of Spike on Buffy.²-->'''Buffy:''' You vampires. Did anybody ever tell you the whole smelling people thing's a little gross?²** Subverted when Buffy meets up with Spike later and he immediately starts snarking about Angel. Buffy says, "Let me guess, you smelled him." Spike responds that he also used his "enhanced vampire eyeballs to watch you kissing him." Busted!²* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Angel lends only meager support in Buffy's final battle, despite evidence of The First Evil operating in Los Angeles (an assassin with a Bringer knife attempting to kill Faith in prison.) In his defense, though, Buffy asks him to lead a second front (presumably alongside Wes, Gunn, Fred, and Lorne) from Los Angeles in case she fails.²* StakingTheLovedOne: Willow tells Kennedy she might have to kill her if she turns evil.²* StormingTheCastle: Buffy decides to launch a preemptive strike into the Hellmouth to eliminate the First Evil's army.²* TakeUpMySword: After Buffy is injured, she passes the Scythe to Faith. When Faith is caught in a DogPileOfDoom, she throws it to Rona who, after slaying a few ubervamps, tosses it back to Buffy after her HeroicSecondWind.²* TalkToTheFist: Buffy rallying her troops is interrupted by her being [[InTheBack run through with a sword from behind]].²* TearsOfBlood: Caleb after getting knocked down the first time.²-->'''Caleb:''' Are you ready to finish this, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch?!]]²* ThatCameOutWrong: Buffy explaining why she's not ready for a permanent relationship (namely with Angel).²-->'''Buffy:''' I'm cookie dough, I'm not done baking yet, I'm not done becoming whoever the hell it is I'm going to be... maybe one day I turn around and realize I'm cookies, and then if I want someone to eat me... ''({{beat}})'' Er, enjoy "delicious cookie" me...²* TooMuchInformation: Willow. Kennedy. Pierced tongue. Dawn winces, Giles looks like he's about to hurl and even Buffy struggles for a second during the speech.²* TookALevelInBadass: All the Potentials become Slayers. The previously timid Vi is a particular example.²* TrashTheSet: On a huge scale with the entire town of Sunnydale collapsing into a huge pit.²* TheTriple²-->'''Angel:''' It's very powerful and probably very dangerous. It has a purifying power, a cleansing power; [[EitherWorldDominationOrSomethingAboutBananas possibly scrubbing bubbles]]. The translation is, uh...anyway, it bestows strength to the right person who wears it.²* UnpredictableResults: No-one knows how the amulet is going to help.²* WakingNonSequitur: Spike wakes up shouting, "I'm drowning in Cool Whip!"²* WasntThatFun: Willow [[PowerStrainBlackout keels over from exhaustion]], saying the spell was "nifty". Kennedy then runs downstairs and starts slaying at full power. "I could get used to this!"²* WhatNowEnding:²-->'''Willow:''' The First is scrunched, so... what do you think we should do, Buffy?²-->'''Faith:''' Yeah, you're not the one and only Chosen anymore. Just gotta live like a person. How's that feel?²-->'''Dawn:''' Yeah, Buffy. What are we gonna do now?²-->''(Buffy smiles...)''²* WhereItAllBegan: The final epic battle takes place where the series began -- Sunnydale High.²* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Buffy realizing (see NiceJobFixingItVillain) that the Shadow Men ''invented'' the "one-Slayer" rule, and that Willow was powerful enough to change that rule, giving every potential Slayer in the world their power simultaneously.²* WhyWontYouDie: Buffy's response when a bloodied Caleb gets back up for more.²-->'''Buffy''': Okay. How many times do I have to kill you? Ballpark figure?²* YouShallNotPass vs. OnrushingArmy²* YouWatchTooMuchX²-->'''Angel:''' (handing Buffy a file) I got coverage on the whole thing. It's very gripping. It needs a third act.²-->'''Buffy:''' You have to leave L.A.²²----²->''"I wanna see how it ends."''²-->--'''Spike'''²²->[[Recap/AngelS05E01Conviction To be continued...]]²----

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