The fic is an Alternate Universe Fic set during Buffy season 7 and Angel season 4, spiraling off from canon when the ghost of Darla successfully gets through to Connor and convinces him to save the Jasmine-possessed Cordelia's intended Virgin Sacrifice. This kicks off a series of events which leads to the Scooby Gang coming to Los Angeles and joining forces with Angel Investigations, where the two groups discover that Jasmine is allied with none other than the First Evil...
Bring Me To Life contains examples of the following tropes:
- Accidental Misnaming: In chapter 18, Buffy, being Buffy, misidentifies the Orb of Makai as the "Orb of MacGyver." Hearing this, Lindsey wonders to himself exactly how Buffy scored a 1430 on her SATs.
- Admiring the Abomination: In chapter 20, Angel reflects that Dark Willow's flaying Warren alive is an act that Angelus would have truly admired.
- Adaptation Origin Connection:
- In the Season 9 comics, Pearl and Nash were simply half-demons who were minions of Twilight/Angel. Here, they're old enemies of Angel and Spike, who fought them in Las Vegas in the 1950s.
- In this fic, it's revealed that the First Evil was actually spawned from Jasmine.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the original show, Skip made Cordelia a half-demon. Here, it's revealed he actually made her half-higher being.
- Affectionate Nickname: Angel playfully calls Dawn "squirt" in chapters 21 and 22.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: In chapter 34, The First, possessing Jasmine, leads the Beast and a small army of Bringers in assaulting the Hyperion.
- Alternate Universe Fic: The fic is set during the events of Buffy Season 7/Angel Season 4, but takes a different path from canon when Darla successfully persuades Connor to save the girl "Cordelia" wants to sacrifice.
- Armor-Piercing Response: In chapter 32, Buffy asks Angel why he's willing to give Faith a chance to redeem herself, but refuses to extend Spike the same courtesy. Angel responds that part of it is because unlike Spike, Faith didn't try to rape Buffy, which Buffy can barely muster a response to.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Well, punch in this case; in chapter 28, Buffy loses her temper at Kennedy's bleak, venomous rant and cuts her off with a punch to the face.
- Artistic License — Physics: In Chapter 26, Andrew says that M-Theory is basically The Multiverse, when in fact that's the Many Worlds Interpretation. M-Theory is a proposed model about how the Four Fundamental Forces interact with String Theory.
- At Least I Admit It: Discussed in chapter 24; Buffy actually considers Jasmine worse than Glory, since while Glory was evil and insane, she never tried to make excuses for her actions or pretended to be anything else, while Jasmine adamantly insists she did what she had to do and was trying to save the world.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In chapter 8, Spike is able to tell from a few minutes of observation that Connor is Angel and Darla's son.
- Back from the Dead:
- The Beastmaster restores Darla's ghost to mortal life in order to use her as a hostage against Connor.
- The First resurrects the Beast to serve as part of its Legion of Doom.
- Bargain with Heaven: While still at the Higher Realms, Cordelia makes a deal with the Powers to wipe her memory to prevent Jasmine from manifesting on Earth. At least until Team Angel attempts to use magic to reverse the amnesia.
- Batman Gambit: Amy throws down a challenge for Willow, counting on her and backup to come face her. When they do, she and her own allies keep them busy, while the First and the Beast attack the now undermanned heroes back at the Hyperion.
- Been There, Shaped History: In chapter 32, Angel is revealed to have personally met Frank Sinatra, having saved him from a vampire attack.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Whistler may be laid-back and cool-headed, but he proves he's not to be trifled with in chapter 38 when he saves Willow from Warren and Amy, going into Tranquil Fury, summoning a blue Battle Aura, and gaining Power Echoes. The two wisely decide to retreat.
- Big Damn Heroes: Faith, Spike and Dawn arrive at the Bad-Guy Bar just in time to save Connor.
- Big "NO!": Angel lets out one when the First breaks Buffy's back in chapter 37.
- Break Them by Talking:
- Jasmine/"Cordelia" to Connor, in an attempt to make him to committ the Human Sacrifice necessary for Jasmine to be "born". Thanks to Darla it fails.
- The First does this to Dawn in chapter 43, revealing Buffy's epiphany that she'd be willing to let Dawn die in order to save the world.
- Bullying a Dragon: In chapter 16, Xander briefly mouths off to Spike, who promptly stands up and reminds him of one crucial fact; Buffy had the Initiative remove the chip in his brain, which means Spike no longer has to just sit back and take Xander's insults anymore.
- Car Meets House: Due to Willow's usage of a teleportation spell to escape from the First's minions, the Scoobies' Winnebago and transport buses end up crashing right through the front door of the Hyperion.
- Cerebus Retcon: A subtle one, in that Giles' claim that the world started as a hell, is inaccurate as the world started as paradise unitl Jasmine, in a fit of anger, accidendly created the First Evil.
- The Chessmaster: In chapter 12, Skip reveals that the being possessing Cordelia has been manipulating both the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations for years to bring its plans to fruition. Specific incidents mentioned are, Lorne leaving Pylea and Fred going there in his place, Cordelia inheriting the visions from Doyle, Wesley sleeping with Lilah, "the enemy," Angel failing the Trials to save Darla's life, the death of Gunn's younger sister Alonna, as well as that of Nikki Wood, Willow re-ensouling Angelus for the first time,Giles being assigned as Buffy's Watcher, Anya losing her amulet and becoming mortal, Faith waking up from her coma, Spike getting his soul back, and Xander dating Cordelia in high school, as well as his lying to Buffy to ensure that she'd kill Angelus.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Subverted. When Connor goes to the North Hollywood Billiards after he thinks Dawn rejected him, he's inevitably overwhelmed by sheer numbers and would have died if help hand't arrived just in time.
- Conspiracy Theorist: In chapter 28, Kennedy goes off on a massive rant against Buffy after finding out about Angel's Dark and Troubled Past, which Buffy had withheld from the others, going so far as to accuse her of deliberately sending Annabelle and Chloe to their deaths and being in league with the First; naturally, Buffy blows her stack and punches Kennedy in the face before outright telling Kennedy that she's young, stupid, and not to make assumptions on what she thinks she knows.
- Cosmic Plaything: Cordelia. Her entire life was manipulated so that she carried a mystical pregnancy so a fallen Power that was being manipulated a God of Evil could be born. She's also the only Cordelia still alive in The Multiverse, as all other versions were either turned into vampires, murdered, driven insane or carried the mystical pregnancy to term.
- Creation Myth: On Chapter 25, Jasmine tells the origins of the universe. How the Powers marveled at Creation and then they created Earth as a paradise, but eventually Jasmine became bored and started to experiment. The other Powers' objects however anger her causing Jasmine to lash out, killing one of the Powers, and inevitably creating the First Evil. This leads to downwards spiral in which demons rise up and take over, only to be defeated by humanity eons later.
- Crisis Crossover: The Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations join forces to combat Jasmine and the First Evil.
- Darkest Hour: As of the end of chapter 38, the First breaks Buffy's back, the Beast beats Angel within an inch of his life, more than 60 Potentials are killed by the Bringers, the Hyperion has been destroyed, and they steal the Keystone. Meanwhile, Willow has her magic disrupted by Warren and Amy, and Drusilla, Pearl, and Nash are implied to have done something to Faith and Spike.
- Deadly Disc: In chapter 21, Angel turns a sewer lid into one to behead several vampires; the narration remarks that the move would make Captain America proud.
- Deadpan Snarker: Many characters. The First provides a particularly nasty example in chapter 37 as part of a Shut Up, Kirk!:Giles: You're truly mad. But whatever you're planning to do, you have to know that we'll find a way to stop you.
The First: Really? Well, gee, guess you better call Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the mighty Angel! Oh... wait. There they are. Bleeding like stuck pigs and bruised like bad peaches. Sooo scary.
- Decomposite Character: The Beastmaster and Jasmine are two separate entities coexisting within Cordelia — the former is actively controlling her body, while the latter gestates inside her.
- Deus Exit Machina:
- In chapter 20, Angel runs out to track down a runaway Connor, while Willow casts a spell to send Buffy and Darla into Cordelia's mind. With this, as well as the fact that Faith and Spike had earlier left with Dawn to help her find Connor, this leaves the Scoobies and Angel's crew undermanned when Skip breaks free of his restraints in chapter 23.
- In chapter 34, Amy issues a challenge to Willow by attacking a picnic area to lure her out; Willow goes to challenge her, taking Faith, Spike, and Oz along for backup. At the same time, the First and the Beast, backed up by an army of Bringers, attack the Hyperion; as it turns out, Amy's challenge was a setup engineered to lure Willow away to keep her from interfering.
- Didn't See That Coming: Buffy says this nearly word by word when Jasmine says she created the First Evil.
- Didn't Think This Through: In chapter 12, when confronted by Cage and his vampire pack, Dawn claims to be Buffy herself, hoping that Buffy's reputation as the Slayer will be enough to scare them off. While many members of Cage's pack are understandably freaked out, Cage himself decides to try and kill "Buffy" for the Villain Cred, something Dawn failed to consider would happen.
- Divide and Conquer: In chapter 34, the First pulls this, having Amy throw down a challenge for Willow, who, with Spike, Faith, Kennedy, and Oz for backup, goes to confront her. As it turns out, it was a set-up, allowing the First and the Beast to attack the Hyperion and take the Keystone without Willow there to interfere.
- The Dreaded:
- Buffy herself. In chapter 12, Dawn claims to be Buffy to try to scare off a group of vampires, and most of them are practically shitting themselves, having heard all about Buffy's exploits and the people she's killed, and fully intend to run off.
- Angel is no slouch either. In chapter 14, his presence is enough to make several vamps go Oh, Crap!.
- Drives Like Crazy: Angel, according to Buffy.Buffy: You know, on the list of things that attracted me to you... your driving skills? Not one of them.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Dawn gets this quite a bit; despite helping capture the possessed Cordelia and assisting Angel in getting to the Zealots' world to get Jasmine's true name, she fails to get much gratitude from Buffy, who simply grounds her for going against orders and risking her own life.
- Enemy Mine: Lindsey teaming up with Angel Investigations to help stop the apocalypse.
- Expansion Pack Past:
- Due to the Cosmic Retcon involving Dawn, she has nothing but fond memories of Cordelia, who, in the new reality, made time for her and comforted her during the time Buffy ran away to Los Angeles after killing Angel.
- Chapter 11 reveals that after Buffy's second death, the Angel Investigations team attended her wake.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In chapter 24, Jasmine is utterly indignant when Buffy compares her to Glory.
- Evil vs. Evil: Wolfram & Hart are just as opposed to the First as the Scoobies and Angel's crew are. That being said, when the newly undead Lilah appears in the Hyperion hoping for an Enemy Mine, Buffy and Angel refuse to do it.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Lyla towards Buffy.
- Freudian Excuse: In chapter 37, Amy goes off on a Motive Rant towards Willow to this effect:Amy: I spent my whole life letting my bitch of a mother run my life, and most of high school being everyone's punching bag, and now that I have the power, I'm going to make damn sure that nobody is going to step on me ever again!
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Willow confesses to Buffy and Xander that she hacked into the police computers in both Sunnydale and Los Angeles, deleted their files on Faith, and also destroyed her file at the prison she was stationed at, with Angel giving her the names of others who would help clean up the paper trail. When Buffy and Xander call her out on this, Willow insists they need Faith's help against the First, which is more important than her paying her debt to society.
- Groin Attack:
- Darla knees Lindsey in the crotch after he forces a kiss on her.
- During their fight in chapter 29, Angel kicks Spike in the nuts.
- Guns Are Worthless: Played with. During the fight at the Hyperion, Wes' guns proved to be as inefficient as arrows, swords and axes due to the demons' invulnerable organic skin. However, once Wes spots a chink in his armor caused by Angel when the vampire captured Skip, his gun was absolutely lethal.
- Heaven: The Higher Realms.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cordelia willingly sacrificed her memories to prevent Jasmine from being born.
- Hoist Hero over Head: Buffy is the victim of this in chapter 37; in a very Bane-style move, the First hoists her over its head and then slams her down on its knee, breaking Buffy's back.
- Holy Is Not Safe: The Higher Realms are not safe at all for lower beings, demon and human alike, because the cosmic energies there serve as a failsafe against demonic incoursion.
- Hope Crusher: The First aims to be this with an attack on the Hyperion in chapter 32.The First: I want the Slayer to be at her best. I want Angel at his peak, and I want Faith, Spike, and Willow to be all in on the game. Let them bring their best. Let the heroes make their stand in all their glory, guns blazing, swords shining, hearts full of hope and determination. I want them to stand a chance, I want then to fight, to believe, to hope... and then, I'll be there. And I'll look right into the Slayer's pretty green eyes and show her and that damned Angel what it feels like... when hope dies.
- Humans Are Special: According to Whistler, free will is what sets humans apart from demons. Demons kill and main because either they're told to or because of instincts, while humans choose or refuse to do it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In chapter 12, when Buffy discovers that Xander lied to her the night she sent Angelus to Hell, he states this trope word for word. Buffy is understandably pissed off, but Angel actually agrees with Xander, pointing out that if Buffy had known that Willow was still trying to re-ensoul Angel, she would have held back, allowing Angelus to kill her and destroy the planet.
- Immortal Immaturity: Angel and Spike both have this to varying degrees, constantly bickering with one another; in fact, when Buffy breaks up one of their fights, Angel's first response is "He started it!" Angel actually calls Spike out over it in chapter 40, over Spike's jealousy that only Angel, the Champion of the Powers That Be, can wield Hope's Dagger:Angel: We really going to keep doing this, Spike? Or do you need a time out, a blankie, and your Sippie Cup?
- Improbable Aiming Skills: While trying to pretend to be Buffy, Dawn twirls a stake in hands but the stake fly off her hand and into the heart of a vampire, dusting it. It's what convinces Cage to kill her for Villain Cred.
- Interrupted Intimacy: In chapter 20, Angel and Buffy give in to their desires and begin making out, but are stopped from going any further when Fred knocks on the door to inform them that the spell is ready, and that Connor ran out and Faith, Spike, and Dawn went to find him. Considering Angel's curse and the "perfect happiness" clause, it's probably for the best.
- Invulnerable Knuckles: Subverted. During a fight with the First-possessing-Jasmine, Buffy punches them in the face with all her might. Not only do they No-Sell it, but Buffy's fist shatters on impact.
- It's All My Fault: How Conner feels about the whole looming apocalypse, given his key role in the First's plan.
- It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: "Cordelia" explanation for turning Darla into a human.
- Jerkass Gods: In chapter 24, Buffy outright declares that all gods and higher powers are "a bunch of selfish dirt-bags who don't care about anyone but themselves," using Glory and Jasmine as examples.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: In chapters 20-23, Willow casts a spell to transport Buffy and Darla into Cordelia's mind, allowing them to liberate her from the Beastmaster/Jasmine without killing her.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Kennedy to Buffy in chapter 28. Despite having already gotten punched out by Buffy and telekinetically slammed by Willow for her bitchiness, after seeing Buffy get fired by Robin before he storms out, Kennedy just has to get one last dig in by snidely asking Buffy how it feels to be unemployed "just like that." In response, Willow orders Kennedy to just shut up already, and when Kennedy snaps, "Or else what?", Angel threatens to personally throw her out of the Hyperion and leave her to the mercy of the First's Bringers if she doesn't.
- Legion of Doom: In response to the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations teaming up, the First assembles one of these, consisting of Ethan Rayne, Drusilla, Amy Madison, Warren Mears, Pearl, Nash, and the Beast.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Cordelia's reaction when it comes out that she kissed the Beast while possessed.
- Let's You and Him Fight: When the Scooby Gang meets up with Angel Investigations, Buffy's knee-jerk reaction to seeing the resurrected Darla is to try and stake her. Connor understandably takes this badly, and the two end up in a brief but intense fight before the others break it up.
- Love Hurts: Spike is awakened to this in chapter 29 when Buffy confesses that while she cares about him, she'll only ever love Angel. It hurts him so bad that he nearly bails out completely. Buffy herself is not happy that she had to break Spike's heart over it.
- The Keystone, a crystal which the First needs in order to complete its plan to destroy reality.
- Hope's Dagger, the only weapon capable of killing the First.
- Magick: Used liberally.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: In chapter 26, when Buffy meets the newly undead Lilah, she automatically assumes it's the First doing another Dead Person Impersonation. Lilah promptly shoots that theory down when she pushes a vase off of a shelf, something the non-corporeal First wouldn't be able to do.
- The Multiverse: Lilah explains the existence of one which the First intends to collapse.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
Buffy: [thinking] Oh, God. Oh, Spike... I only hope you can forgive me someday, but you deserved the truth. You needed to hear it, no matter how much it hurt you... and me.
- Angel has this reaction when Whistler informs him that his attempts to reverse Cordelia's amnesia was what triggered her possession.
- Buffy has this reaction in chapter 29, after being forced to break Spike's heart and make it clear she'll only love Angel and not him.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Beastmaster resurrecting Darla not only enables her to turn Connor against it, but also puts her in position to inform the Angel Investigations crew about its alliance with the First, leading to teaming up with the Scooby Gang to stop their plans.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The First, after possessing Jasmine. Buffy shatters her hand against its face, and Angel breaks his sword against its neck.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Buffy and Angel both call Jasmine out as one of these in chapter 24, pointing out all the chaos she's caused under the excuse of trying to save the world; Buffy even tells her point-blank that she was trying to rule the world, not save it, and didn't care who she killed or who's lives she ruined along the way.
- Oh, Crap!:
- "Cordelia's" reaction when the First informs her that Buffy and the Scooby Gang are in Los Angeles and have teamed up with the Angel Investigations team.
- Buffy and Darla's reaction in chapter 23, when they find themselves face-to-face with the Master.
- Angel's reaction when the bone knife fails to kill a ressurected Beast.
- Omnicidal Maniac: The First's ultimate plan is to destroy the entire multiverse, then create a new reality in its own image.
- Pit Trap: In chapter 21, Angel and Spike nearly fall into one lined with wooden stakes.
- Pitiful Worms: The First outright calls the Scoobies and Angel's crew bugs in chapter 38:Fred: Why are you doing this? You'd really destroy everything? What good would that do?
The First: Aside from not having to hear your annoying little voice anymore? I don't expect you to see the big picture. I mean, bugs rarely can from their point of view.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Jasmine, when giving her Breaking Speech to Connor at the beginning.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: In chapter 14, Buffy remarks that Angel Drives Like Crazy, leading to this:Angel: Sorry, but when it comes to an apocalypse, I can't actually afford to be doing my Miss Daisy imitation, can I?
Buffy: Who's Miss Daisy?
Angel: [under his breath] Okay. Now I really feel old.
- Punch a Wall: In chapter 20, Angel puts his fist through the wall when Buffy reveals Spike's rape attempt on her.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
- Angel's response when Faith agrees with Gunn's assessment that Spike is a "good guy vampire" like Angel.
Buffy: I don't know, Xander. But we're sure as hell gonna try. I lost Merrick, we lost Mom, and Jenny, and Kendra and Tara... I'll be damned if we lose another one. We will not. Lose. Cordy.
- Buffy gets one in chapter 16, when she makes it clear to Xander that they're getting Cordelia back:
Angel: Keep. Away. From my. Kid.
- Angel pulls an impressive one as well in chapter 21, after arriving to save Connor, Dawn, Faith, and Spike from vampires.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: In chapter 38, Willow, cornered by Warren and Amy and being drained of her magic by Warren's Ray Gun, frantically prays to the Powers That Be to send her aid. Her prayer is answered; Whistler shows up just in time and drives Amy and Warren off.
- Rage Breaking Point: Angel spends several chapters holding in his temper after Buffy confesses to him about Spike's Attempted Rape, which gets even worse when he realizes Robin is the son of Nikki Wood, the second Slayer he killed. When he runs into Spike in the library, the dam breaks...
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Buffy and Angel give one to Jasmine in chapter 24:Buffy: Thousands of people are dead because of what you've done, Jasmine.
Jasmine: And how many more will die now because of you and your friends? I could've stopped it. All of it. War, disease, poverty... every last wretched drop of suffering. Children would have grown up healthy and strong, with families full of love and harmony. Peace spreading around the world like a wondrous, precious sea wave. How many precious, beautiful lives would've been saved in only a handful of years? Yes, I murdered thousands... to save billions.
Angel: What about all the lives that you destroyed along the way to getting what you wanted? Are you saying their lives were less precious than the people you claimed you wanted to save? Who the hell gave you the right to decide who lives and dies?
Jasmine: I did! I'm not human, vampire- so don't try to treat me as one! I did what I did because someone had to! I was trying to save this world!
Buffy: No. You were trying to rule it. And you weren't going to let anything stop you. You think we don't get it? It didn't matter to you whose lives you wrecked, or who you killed. There's nothing selfless about that... it's just ruthless. And sick. And evil. You so-called gods and higher powers are all the same; you're a bunch of selfish dirt-bags who don't care about anything but yourselves!
Jasmine: I am nothing like Glorificus!
Buffy: No. You're worse. Glory was an insane maniac and an evil bitch, but you know what? At least she never pretended to be anything else. She was a hellgod, it woulda been crazy of us to expect her to act any other way. But you, Jasmine? A higher power? One of the Powers that freakin' Be? For you to fall so far and act so low, to betray everything you're supposed to stand for... that's what makes you a monster!
- Buffy gets one from Robin, who's anything but pleased that she lied to him about Angel:Robin: "The mission is what matters." Nice speech, but you withheld information that I had a right to know-that we all had a right to know-before you dragged us here to this damned hotel. You lied to us. To me. You used your own agenda as an excuse to pull the wool over my eyes. And you want to protect your vampire lovers so much, that you're actually willing to murder me now? You're a disgrace to every Slayer that's come before you, and the two who came after you. All of your predecessors would spit on you, Buffy, if they were here right now. Including and especially my mother.
- Amy later gives one to Willow in chapter 37, in response to Willow declaring her insane:Amy: No! No, no, no, you want to know what's insane? Insane is letting other people tell you your place in the world when you could be running it. I spent my whole life letting my bitch of a mother run my life, and most of high school being everyone's punching bag, and now that I have the power, I'm going to make damn sure that nobody is going to step on me ever again! Warren was right. I have been watching you. I saw that fight you had with your friends in the Magic Box last year. You took the Slayer, the baddest chick in the underworld, and you beat her ass. You wiped the floor with her. It wasn't even close. And then you nearly blew up the planet? For a second, I thought you were finally going to step up to the big time. To stop denying your real power, the real you.
Willow: That's not who I am. That's not the real-
Amy: Yes it is! You have all this power, more than you deserve. And now that you have it, you-you don't even want it. You're running from it. Hiding! Holding back, playing by other people's rules, letting others tell you what you should be. People like you and I, we aren't meant to be controlled, Willow. People like us, we're above everyone else! Rules don't apply to us, we should be making the rules.
Willow: You're wrong. We're not above the law, Amy. We-we can't just go around killing people whenever we want!
Amy: Oh? And how'd that work out for you. You tried it Buffy's way. You went to college like a good girl, did the Dudley Do-Right shtick, played by their rules, and what happened? You knew Warren was dangerous. You had the power to get rid of him when he was going after Buffy, hell, maybe part of you knew you should have gotten rid of him. But you didn't. All that power at your fingertips, and you did nothing. You just stood by, and your best friend ended up with a bullet in her chest. And what happened to Tara? The woman you loved died bleeding in your arms, drowning in her own blood. You could have saved her if you had acted sooner, but instead, your insistence on playing by these rules... cost Tara her life. Hell, you might as well have pulled the damn trigger yoursel-
Willow: SHUT UP!
Amy: [chuckles: Same old Willow. Trying to pretend that you can be a normal girl, but you're not. You haven't changed. All this power, and you're still just the sidekick to the Slayer. Still hiding behind Buffy's skirt, just like in high school.
- Buffy and Angel give one to Jasmine in chapter 24:
- Rejected Apology: After a rather brutal spat between them in chapter 28, Buffy tries to apologize to Faith. Faith refuses to accept it, because Buffy herself confesses that part of her didn't even want to do so, and because Angel talked her into doing it.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: In chapter 37, Amy declares that people like herself and Willow are above other people due to their powers.Amy: People like you and I, we aren't meant to be controlled, Willow. People like us, we're above everyone else! Rules don't apply to us, we should be making the rules.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- In chapter 26, Robin, furious that Buffy lied to him about Angel, storms out of the Hyperion and returns to Sunnydale after giving Buffy a What the Hell, Hero? speech.
- In chapter 29, Spike comes close to doing this after Buffy confesses she'll only ever love Angel and not him. It takes three different speeches from Faith, Buffy, and Darla to convince him not to leave.
- Ship Sinking: Chapter 28 puts a permanent end to Buffy/Spike; Buffy confesses that she was actually thinking of Angel every time she and Spike had sex in Season 6, and while she does care about Spike, she'll only ever love Angel.
- Ship Tease:
- Connor and Dawn show an increasing interest in each other.
- Wesley and Darla somehow develop an attraction to each other after her resurrection.
- Spike and Faith have quite a bit of semi-flirtatious banter between them.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In chapter 23, Buffy gets off an epic one to Jasmine:Jasmine: You think you've won? You have no idea what you've lost! What you've cost everyone! You have no earthly idea why I even tried to do what I did! What I was trying to save you from!
Buffy: Yeah, and you know what? I don't care! [punches Jasmine in the face] News flash, but the end doesn't justify the means! You killed and you maimed and you hurt people I care about along the way to getting what you want! Angel, Cordy, and Wesley might have their own thing in L.A. now, but they were part of my gang first. Part of my world. So, hurting them was your biggest mistake 'cause once a Scooby, always a Scooby. You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us... and when you mess with Buffy Summers, you get your ass kicked. Hard.
- She gets a simpler one earlier in chapter 17, when the possessed Cordelia is mocking the Spike/Buffy/Angel Love Triangle. After getting sick of listening to it, Buffy responds by cold clocking her in the face, knocking her out in a single punch.
- Shut Up, Kirk!:
- In chapter 37, when Willow calls her insane for being onboard with the First's plans, Amy responds with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, chewing Willow out for being scared of her own power and continuing to be Buffy's sidekick.
- In chapter 38, when Giles declares they will find a way to stop it, the First responds sarcastically, having already put Buffy and Angel out of commission.
- Smug Super: The First, upon taking over Jasmine's body. Of course, since it effortlessly spanks both Buffy and Angel without even trying, it has good reason to be smug.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: In chapter 12, Spike tactlessly recalls the late Doyle as "that little poncy-looking Mick with the bad hair and crappy dress sense." Angel is not pleased and angrily warns Spike never to talk about Doyle that way in his presence again.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In chapter 8, Angel remarks that every time he sees Dawn, he sees more of her mother in her. In that same chapter, Spike can tell from a few minutes of observation that Connor is Angel and Darla's son,
- "Take That!" Kiss: In chapter 37, the First plants one on Buffy to rub its power in her face.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Several between the Scoobies and Angel's crew, but especially between Angel and Spike. Skip lampshades it in chapter 16:Skip: Who're you guys fooling? You're trying to fight pure, ultimate evil- when you spend more time fighting each other?
- Throw 'Em to the Wolves: Invoked: in chapter 28, everyone is so furious at Kennedy that Angel explicitly threatens to throw her out of the Hyperion and leave her to the mercy of the First's Bringers if she doesn't shut up.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In chapter 8, when Buffy sees Darla, her knee-jerk reaction is to toss a stake at her. It would have worked had Connor not caught it in mid-air.
- Tom the Dark Lord: In chapter 9, Buffy lampshades how silly Skip's name is for a villain:Buffy: Out of all the cool villain names out there, one of them drew the short straw and got Skip?
- Took a Level in Badass: Cordelia, to Buffy's surprise.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Kennedy, who actually kicks a fallen Potential in the stomach, horrifying all the other Potentials.
- Unwitting Pawn: As it turns out, Jasmine has been one to the First all along; her body was gestated in Cordelia's womb specifically so the First could possess it and take physical form.
- Villain Cred: Wolfram & Hart's reputation is well-known by Giles and Anya; Anya reflects in the narration that D'Hoffryn was one of their clients.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- This is Buffy's response to finding out that Angel had his team remove his soul and bring Angelus back in order to find out info on the Beast.
- Several occur in chapter 28:
Willow: I trusted you with one of my secrets, and this is what you did with it?!
- First, there's Kennedy's Conspiracy Theorist rant against Buffy as mentioned above, which earns her a punch in the face.
- Kennedy gets one right back when Willow, royally pissed off, telekinetically lifts her off of the ground and slams her against the floor, pointing out that she told Kennedy about Buffy's history with Angel and Angel's past in complete confidence.
- Robin also gives one to Buffy near the end of the chapter for lying to them about Angel, as well as threatening everyone with death should they harm either Angel or Spike. Disgusted, he explicitly tells her that she's a disgrace to the Slayer line and goes home to Sunnydale to continue his job, but not before telling Buffy that she's fired and that he never wants to see her face again. Of course, several chapters later, Buffy approaches him and convinces him to return to the fold.
- When the Planets Align: The First's ultimate plan relies on an event known as the Awakening, which is when every dimension in the entire multiverse is perfectly aligned, which only happens every half billion years.
- Worth It: How Lindsey feels about kissing Darla, even though it led to him getting kicked in the groin.
- You Got Spunk: Jasmine says this to Buffy nearly word by word during duel inside Cordelia's mind.
- You're Insane!:
- Willow calls out Amy as being this when the latter reveals that she's fully aware of what the First is planning and is still onboard with the idea.
- Giles calls the First itself this when it's gloating.