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- "There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that's us. Any questions?"—-Buffy Summers
Tropes that apply to the Scooby Gang as a whole:
- Adorkable: They all have their moments. Hell, being too dorky and weird for the cool kids is part of what brings them together (y'know, besides the fact that they're saving the world on a weekly basis).
- Awesome Mc Coolname: No Alices or Bobs here; this is an Aerith-Only group. The only normal-names are Andrew and Dawn (which is kind of borderline). The other common names (Alexander, Daniel) avoid normalcy by going by unusual nicknames (Xander, Oz (from his last name, Osbourne)).
- Badass Crew: The Scoobies are a handful of humans and vampires that keep all the nasties in the Hellmouth from overrunning the world.
- Badass Normal: Xander is the most prominent example because he stays relevant even after his friends have become mages or werewolves or Super Soldiers. Giles and Anya also count to a degree.
- Breaking the Fellowship: 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 Monster of the Week, Xander points out that she, himself, and Buffy are what's left of the Scoobies. This is rectified over the course of Season 7.
- Deadpan Snarker: Buffy and Xander are the most prominent, but they all have their moments.
- Dysfunction Junction: It's more subtle in the earliest seasons, but it becomes increasingly obvious the Scoobies all have a lot of issues and troubled pasts to go around.
- Buffy has the responsibility of saving the world at the age of just 15 which clashes with her own plans for a happy and stable life, her parents had a messy divorce which deeply affects her well into adulthood, her dad abandoned her...and this is when the series starts.
- Willow's parents are also divorced; her father is apparently never around while her mother is rather oblivious or overly pushy and preachy, and she spends most of her life up until college as a social outcast with poor self-esteem and no confidence.
- Xander's parents are actually not divorced, though he probably wishes they were because they do nothing but fight and are extremely oblivious to his problems; he covers up his lack of self-esteem and insecurities with humour.
- Giles has a very Dark and Troubled Past involving teen rebellion gone wrong and black magic, earning him the nickname Ripper, which he now tries desperately to move past (to the point of going a little too far the other way).
- Angel is brooding good vampire, cursed with a soul to punish him for all of past evils (of which there are many) and he is also tormented by his doomed love for Buffy.
- Cordelia is an Alpha Bitch who secretly only acts the way she does because she doesn't want to be alone, even though she suspects none of her 'friends' 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 neglectful substance abuser and her Watcher was brutally murdered in front of her; she continues down an emotional tailspin before having a FaceHeel Turn, then goes down a long, hard road to redemption.
- Anya is an ex-vengeance demon who Does Not Like Men, but finds herself falling for Xander anyway her insecurities around relationships and lack of awareness about social interaction cause some problems here, though.
- Riley is a soldier who was trained to follow orders blindly, 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 Defector from Decadence and with his increasing awareness that Buffy doesn't love him as much as he loves her.
- Tara's family are so controlling and abusive, it's a miracle they even let her go to college, grinding her down until she was a stuttering and painfully shy doormat who made teen!Willow look confident. Her mother was the only family member who was nice to her and 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.
- 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 magicks.
Buffy: She has. She was, and I barely even noticed. Everything's been so...Xander left Anya at the altar and 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.
- Things really reach a head in Season 6. Buffy sums it up to Giles pretty sufficiently:
- Family of Choice: Several examples throughout the show:
- When Tara's Abusive Parents 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 Fire-Forged Friends 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.
- Fire-Forged Friends: 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."
- "Friends" Rent Control: Get this in the comics, but for a good reason: the building was haunted and the owner couldn't get anyone else to live there. As a result they have three very nice apartments for a group that generally only has one or two members working at a time.
- Good Is Not Soft: They're all nice kids and Giles is a Quintessential British Gentleman, but they've killed a lot of monsters.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As of Season 8, many people believe them to be a speciesist group preying on vampires. Only gets worse in Season 9 due to Simone's antics, but they finally shake it off in Season 10.
- Honor Before Reason: Throughout Season 4 and most of Season 5, they all are largely against killing Spike after he got his Restraining Bolt because he's helpless, despite the fact that he was one of their worst enemies and kept saying that he would kill them all at the first opportunity once he got the chip removed. Of course, that doesn't stop them from regularly taunting him over his "impotence" and beating him up for fun or information.
- Kid Hero: Most of them started demon fighting when they were back in high school.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Scooby Gang has had, at various points, a Slayer (Buffy), a confident outcast (Xander), a computer geek turned witch (Willow), a stuffy librarian (Giles), a snotty cheerleader (Cordelia), a taciturn werewolf (Oz), two vampires (Angel and Spike), a soldier (Riley), a millenium old ex-demon (Anya), an energy being turned human (Dawn), a gentle and shy witch (Tara), and a geeky demon summoner (Andrew) - and that's not even counting their various allies and friends from all walks of life. No matter the line-up, the Scooby Gang is very good at what they do when it comes to hunting demons.
- Second Year Protagonist: Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Cordelia all begin the show as high-school sophomores.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: The group insists that, while demons are fair game, humans are out of their jurisdiction period, though Buffy is the most adamant on this.
- True Companions: They've all become this throughout the series, to the extent of calling one another family.