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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:
- 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.
- Better as Friends: Willow and Xander, whose Unlucky Childhood Friend and Oblivious to Love statuses only give way to romance when they're both in other relationships. Willow chooses her relationship with Oz (and then, after they break up, discovers she's a lesbian) and she and Xander remain best friends.
- 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.
- Childhood Friends: Willow and Xander have been best friends since kindergarten. They knew Cordelia for a long time - and hated her so much they formed a club devoted to it.
- Childhood Friend Romance:
- Willow had a crush on Xander for years. They get together briefly in season three, only for Willow to realize she'd rather be with Oz. (And then with Tara.) Turns out they were born to be Platonic Life-Partners, not lovers. In "The Gift", the fifth season finale, Xander declares, "Smart chicks are so hot!" Willow replies with a wistful smile, "You couldn't have figured that out in 10th grade?"
- The comics reveal Dawn and Xander, who appear to be together in the comics now. Dawn has always had a crush on Xander.
- Also opens up some questions about free will when you realize Dawn was a construct built by the monks to hide the key. ALWAYS in her case is literally from the beginning of season 5 when she was made. The crush memories she has that ARE shown from before then were implanted by the monks.
- 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".
- The Friend Nobody Likes:
- Spike is an example in Season 7most of the Scoobies neither like nor trust him (lampshaded by Anya), but Buffy insists he stick around because he's valuable. Though that's not the only reason.
- Cordelia qualifies as this in the second and third seasons, hanging around only because she's "in the know" and because she's dating Xander at certain points.
- Later, Anya (a former vengeance demon-turned-human) for the same reasons as Cordelia.
- "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.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Anya and Tara had barely any close personal interaction despite hanging out together for years in the Scooby Gang and their love interests being best friends with each other, possibly due to their vividly contrasting personalities.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Buffy and Willow. It made for a bit of awkwardness when Willow came out as gay, partially because they had grown apart quite a bit during that season and Buffy had no clue until then. It's given shippers more ammunition than every bullet in every war ever.
- Honorary True Companion: Cordelia and Angel would sometimes join in the early seasons; but the former still does not like being in their presence, and the latter, being a vampire, can't be there during the day.
- 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.
- Like Brother and Sister:
- Buffy and Xander after Season Two. For the first two seasons it's a bit one-sided (Xander's in love with Buffy during this time).
- Xander and Willow also end up like this. They start off more like Platonic Life-Partners, but as the series progresses they drift apart a bit, and form close relationships with other people. They remain part of the same group of True Companions.
- Platonic Life-Partners:
- Xander and Willow are like this at least for the first three seasons. They've known each other their whole lives (or at least since kindergarten), and are so close that Xander is even able to save the world at the end of Season 6 by telling Willow how much he loves her. They "dated" as children, Willow had a mostly unrequited adolescent crush on Xander, and have a brief fling as teenagers, but are basically friends throughout.
- What Angel and Faith have become by Season 9.
- Buffy is this with Xander eventually. To get there he had to get over his crush on her and she had to stop thinking of him as a simple 'friend'.
- 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.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
- Cordelia was a reluctant team member (sort of). It gets worse after her breakup with Xander.
- Spike could also be an example, especially in season 4, when he's only working with them so he can get to kill anything at all. Especially prominent with Xander.
- Xander towards Angel, although not so much Angel towards Xander.
- Anya winds up behaving this way to the rest of the Scoobies during the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7 when she becomes a vengeance demon again after Xander leaves her at the altar.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- Willow and Anya, with an entire episode dealing with the matter and Anya serving as a surrogate annoying younger sister.
- Spike and Xander become this by season seven.
- Buffy and Faith were this before Faith's FaceHeel Turn to the dark side. She and Buffy do become closer again at the ends of Season 7 and Season 8 of Buffy after Faith's HeelFace Turn.