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    Buffy Summers 

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    Willow Rosenberg 

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Willow is much more outgoing and confident than she started out in the original show.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In a sense. Her original counterpart spent three seasons being into boys before she discovered she was into girls and began identifying as a lesbian. Here, she's openly gay and has a girlfriend from the start.
  • Girliness Upgrade Compared to Season 1 of the TV series, is more stylish and sexy.
  • Only Sane Man: Though she has her quirks, even to the point of telling Xander that she can't "normal" without him, she often plays this trope to both him and Buffy; she's more grounded and sensible than either of them and will comment when they're getting too ridiculous.

    Xander Harris 

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Xander is much more reserved in this version of the Scoobies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed. He'll get in the occasional zinger, but overall, this Xander is much less snarky than his original counterpart.
  • Death by Adaptation: Slighty, he let's Drusilla bite him in the fourth issue and undergoes vampirism. But Dru, likely in a sick sense of humor, didn't finish the job and left him in a between state of human and vampire. Now the group have to deal with his vampire side and try to find a way to restore his humanity.
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: Xander's computer really appears to be a Macintosh without the Apple logo.
  • Hurting Hero: Via the narration from his blog, we find out that Xander has trouble feeling any kind of happiness. It's more than hinted that he's struggling with some kind of depression but that he hides it from the world.
  • The Reveal: Xander secretly runs a blog called "The Xeppo" that is the source of the narration in the first issue, which originally appeared to be Buffy's interior monologue.

    Rupert Giles 

  • British Stuffiness: Just like his counterpart on the television show.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Giles is almost identical in dress and look to his television counterpart. He is also the main source of information for Buffy.
  • The Handler: As Buffy's Watcher he is more or less this, although she is already seeming to chafe under his guidance.

    Cordelia Chase 

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The original Cordelia was a stereotypical Alpha Bitch until Character Development set in. This version is a lot more sweet-natured and friendly, perhaps because the ideal modern conception of a popular person has moved away from being mean, though she has her breaking point when it comes to dealing with "weirdness."

    Robin Wood 

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original series, he didn't appear until the final season of the show. Here he appears early on as the track team leader at Sunnydale.
  • Composite Character: With his new design, hinted romance with Buffy, and mysterious past - it all seems to point towards Robin serving as a counterpart to Angel on the original show.
  • Hidden Depths: There's more going on with him than is apparent at first glance.
  • Younger and Hipper: He's in Buffy's age group and a fellow high school student, whereas the original Robin was at least a decade older than Buffy and the other Scoobies.

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    Spike 

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original series, he didn't appear until season two of the show. Here, he's one of Buffy's earliest rogues.
  • Affably Evil: A bad guy, sure, but fairly easygoing and personable... when he's not thinking up creative insults to describe how stupid he thinks you're being, that is.
  • Composite Character: Depending on how closely the comics keep Drusilla's "The Mistress" to the show's "The Master", then Spike's role as Drusilla's head henchman could lead to comparisons to Luke or Darla. His reaction to meeting Cordelia suggests he may become the counterpart to Angel's romances with both Buffy and Cordelia.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Xander is decidedly less snarky in this incarnation, Spike most definitely is not.

    Drusilla 

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original series, she didn't appear until season two of the show. Here, she's one of Buffy's earliest rogues.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Not like she was a saint in the TV series, but at the least she did show genuine affection to Spike when they were first introduced. Here, she treats him little more then an elite toady.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: This version of Drusilla wears a suit, as opposed to the dresses she was known for in the original show.
  • Composite Character: This version of Drusilla, nicknamed "The Mistress" is seemingly a composite of the TV show's Drusilla with the first season's villain The Master.
  • Vampire's Harem: Female example. Essentially, her main plan is to make the males of Sunnydale her own personal army to take over the Hellmouth.

    Anya 

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original series, she didn't appear until season three of the show. Here, she's shaping up to be one of Buffy's earliest rogues but may have a Heel–Face Turn at some time.
  • Friend in the Black Market: This universe's version of Anya is an amoral businesswoman who runs the Magic Box and sells dangerous magical items to anyone who can pay for them. She's implied to do business with the Watcher's Coucil and Wolfram & Hart alike, and both Drusilla, Spike and Buffy have visited her to get magic items they needed.
  • Odd Friendship: She and Angel go way back.
  • Team Switzerland: She claims to be this. Well, actually, she claims she's "Sweden, I don't take sides!" and doesn't appreciate Spike telling her that she means Switzerland.

    Angel 

  • Age Lift: Played With. While he is still a centuries-old vampire, it is explicitly stated that he was turned at (and therefore, frozen at) the age of 18, while in the original continuity, he was turned at the age of 26. This change was possibly made to get rid of the Unfortunate Implications of him potentially starting a relationship with the teenaged Buffy, in this continuity.
  • The Atoner: He carries heavy remorse for his many murders as a vampire, and now fights to protect lives; instead of destroying them.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: In the original show, he was introduced in the very first episode. Here, he doesn't make an appearance until the fourth issue.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Even though he now fights for good, his guilt for his previous crimes makes him believe that he is still beyond redemption, and deserves to suffer.
  • Hero of Another Story: This version of Angel has been an active demon hunter in Los Angeles for some time before moving to Sunnydale.
  • I Work Alone: He vows to work alone after the death of his partner/student Helen. Doesn't last, as both Fred and Gunn later join him.
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