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Xendra is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Xena: Warrior Princess crossover Fanfic. During the Fandom-Specific Plot of Yet Another Halloween Fic except this time Xander's costume is Xena. Chaos and hillarity ensues...


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  • Abusive Parents: Xander's parents.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Obviously, as Xander literally transforms into Xena. Also Scott Hope transforms into Cinderella during the effects of Ethan's spell. Also Wesley, who is turned into Linda as part of the law of contagion.
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  • Alternate Universe: Here Xander, Scott, Cameron and Todd lose some bet to Larry and have to go as crossdressers for Halloween.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: After Buffy runs away, Willow and Xendra are left to lead the campaign against the undead. As part of their routine they infiltrate the city morgue disguised as doctors. Jonathan evens does a Lampshade Hanging.
  • Brainwash Residue: Xander keeps a lot of Xena's knowledge and fighting skills, but the latter he can barely use them because it requires a level of athlecism which Xander lacks.
  • Cool Boat: Faith and Wesley board one when trying to travel to Los Angeles. And they find themselves dragged into a murder mystery involving a shapeshifting demon.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Watchers Council made one with Wolfram and Hart a thousand years ago, during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and one of the caveats is Enforced Technology Levels that make Guns Are Worthless. The deal can be changed once every thousand years and the next negotiations rounds is not until the 24th century. Also they are not allowed to reveal the information about this deal to anyone outside the inner council.
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  • Death by Adaptation: Oz.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Played with. There's a lot of homophobic slurs going around and while that would be historically correct as Buffy is set in The '90s, this fic seems to be set in The New '10s.
  • Dragged into Drag: When Xander goes to Willow to help him to dress in drag because he lost a bet to Larry, Willow enthusiastically chooses a Xena costume.
  • Enforced Technology Levels: Because the Watchers Council made a Deal with the Devil with Wolfram and Hart, medieval weaponry is the only way to fight the supernatural with guns being able, at best, to distract monsters.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Xander may hate Angel and all vampires, but he thinks that binding a human soul to a demon is sick as the soul will be tortured for something that wasn't its fault.
  • Exposition: Some chapters are devoted exclusively to narrate entire Buffy episodes with some slight tweaks to accomodate Xendra changing things.
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  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Of the characters choose different outfits for the fateful Halloween when Ethan Rayne turned everyone into their costumes.
  • For Want of a Nail: Major butterflies get flying once Ethan's spell is broken.
    • Xander gets better grades at history,chemistry and English literature because of Xena's Cultured Badass status;
    • The Scoobies use an arrow infused with PETN to defeat The Judge, rather than a rocket launcher. This results in Angelus being very wounded and forced to flee to Los Angeles;
    • Oz falls in love with Xendra and is the one to blackmail Amy into casting a spell, which backfires and results in Xander being transformed into a girl;
    • Jenny Calendar is able to return to the good graces of the Scoobies and she openly works with them to translate the Ritual of Restoration.
    • Xendra replaces Cordelia in Homecoming and is affected by the cursed candy and turns into a teenage warmongering Xena that tries to kill Willow and her mom. However the Scooby Gang never kills Lurconis, though they succeed in stopping the sacrifice of babies.
    • Xander is turned into Buffy's adopted brother by the Order of Dagon.
  • Handicapped Badass: All Slayers have a learning disability which prevents them from identifying sounds in new words, which is why Buffy often mangles the pronouncing of demon names.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: One of the reasons for Willow Freak Out! about Xendra is that she's very attractive and Willow is in denial. She later has a minor breakdown when thinking whether she's lesbian.
  • Happily Adopted: Xander is adopted by Joyce Summers due to the magical interference of the Order of Dagon.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Unlike most representations, Voodoo here is a religion albeit one that worships "dark gods" and is a mixture of The Dark Arts and Necromancy.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Xander's father, Tony Harris. Also the gaybashers at Sunnydale High.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: A demon boards a Cool Boat to kill young women and eat their intestines.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Scott Hope, who's costume is Cinderella and thus becomes the princess, has one as s/he's gangbanged by a group of ruffians.
  • Loophole Abuse: Watchers are forbidden from telling non-Council members about the supernatural or teach them martial arts. But he can simply pretend that Xander and Willow refuse to have a Weirdness Censor; he also helps Xander train because he already knows how to properly fight, so Giles can claim he's merely helping the boy "make use of them".
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Subverted. Xander does not feel any attraction to men when he's transformed into Xendra. It's what makes being nearly raped by Dracula so traumatizing.
  • Overly Long Name: Giles proposes that Xendra pretends to be his niece after Drusilla transforms Xander into her while he's very wounded, and the name is Honorable Xendra Helaine Davaney Giles.
  • Parental Neglect: Willow's parents, bordering on Parental Abandonment.
  • Running Gag: Ever since Halloween where he went as Xena, Xander's unable to go a week without being turned into a teenage version of Xena (named Xendra). At first it's due to a law of magic that if magic has had a given effect on someone before, it's more likely to do so again, especially if it's had said effect multiple times. Later it's because Xendra's a better fighter than Xander.
  • Reality Ensues: Several of the Scoobie end up requiring therapy from the various horrors they've witnessed/experienced while fighting the supernatural. For example, Buffy needs help getting over both her death and having to kill Angel while Xander needs therapy after nearly being raped as Xendra.
    • After being separated from Xander, Xena is amazed by the technology around her but still figures things out without much trouble, such as roughly understanding how to drive a car by paying attention to Giles' driving. Likewise, she's well traveled enough to understand that the things she sees are likely technology rather than magic.
    • After a threesome involving a bed covered in marshmallow filling, Faith needs two hours to get herself clean the following morning while Xander and Willow end up using magic to clean everything up so they don't have to replace all their furniture.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Rupert Giles and Joyce Summers. The latter in fact is horrified by the actions of Willow's and Xander's parents.
  • The Stations of the Canon: The fic is Xander-centered so it skips episodes that don't focus on him (such as the robot Ted episode) and focuses on the larger season arc, as well the reactions of Xander having Xena's memories and knowledge.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Larry Blaisdell and Snyder survive the Graduation Day battle.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When thinking about how Buffy is still moping about Angelus, Willow remembers that one of Cordelia's ex-boyfriend said she was the soulless demon in the relationship going around ripping the hearts of unsuspecting males and that they are not guilty of stuff like flirting with groupies while singing on stage or getting caught naked with said groupies in the backstage.
  • Tempting Fate: After dealing with the Sisterhood of Jhi and Jack O'Tootle, Willow says that at least nothing else bad happened that night. Gilligan Cut to Amy casting a spell that results in her screaming for ten minutes and then laugh like a maniac.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Scott Hope takes advantage of the lost bet to wear full makeup, a blond wig and a Pimped-Out Dress while Xander, Todd and Cameron do the bare minimum to fullfil the bet.
  • Wicked Witch: It turns out that Amy's family was this. Her great-grandmother used Human Sacrifice to craft a Deflector Shields around her house which cause any vampires and demon that cross it to burst into flames.
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