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The universe of Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, some Spike comics, and in a later time period, the comic series Fray: Future Slayer.

It has been given different names by fans: Slayerverse, Jossverse, and Whedonverse.

Works that form the Buffyverse canon:

Live-Action Television

Comic Books

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Season Nine, Season Ten, Season Eleven and Season Twelve comic series.
  • The Angel & Faith comic series.
  • The IDW Angel: After the Fall and Spike: After the Fall comic series.
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  • The Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires comic series.
  • Fray.
  • The comic The Origin, which was based on the original film script written by Joss Whedon.

Video Games

The 1992 film, the spin-off comics published during the broadcast of the TV shows, and all the spin-off novels are officially non-canonical.

The primary setting elements that make up the Buffyverse are:

  • Angels, Devils and Squid: An interesting case is that all demons, including the Satanic Archetype, are squids or half-squid in their origins but no angels actually appear. Even the servants of the Powers are demons. Angels do appear in comics; Illyria fights against a Fallen Angel Liandra and the AI team is contacted by a Potentate, who is actually a demon in disguise. Canon Discontinuity is in force though, make it a Subverted Trope.
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  • Artifact Title: Despite the series toting her as "The Vampire Slayer", it would be more technical to call Buffy a monster slayer as the TV series had Buffy taking on not only vampires, but demons, ghosts, werewolves, cyborgs, heck even a god at one point.
  • Continuity Overlap: Buffy and Angel interacted so much during their respective fourth and first seasons that watching them in concert is almost a necessity to understand what's going on in either. This would continue to a lesser degree in later seasons; in particular season four of Angel had several hints about the events of Buffy's seventh (and final) season.
  • Character Overlap: Angel, Cordelia, Wesley, Spike, and Harmony all became Angel regulars after debuting on Buffy. A few recurring Buffy characters, including Darla and Drusilla, were also transferred to Angel.
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  • City of Adventure: Sunnydale and Los Angeles
  • Eldritch Abomination: Pretty much all so called "higher beings", from the Old Ones to the Powers That Be
  • Feminist Fantasy: While feminists (particularly third wave) are happy to point out the places where Whedon's writing chops don't quite make the grade, they'll also point out that his work a) is intended to be feminist, b) actually is feminist 90% of the time, c) is miles ahead of most other television, and 2) is damn good television in its own right.
  • Functional Magic: Played with. Magic apparently works off physics, and the laws of thermodinamics apply to sorcery but overall magic has little to no rules and it can do anything, but often has unintended consequences
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The BuffyVerse has the Trope Namers for Powers That Be, who hundreds of years before Angel created a prophecy regarding a vampire with a soul. However, they're unable to directly help the protagonists because their physical avatars got destroyed.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Souls are a MacGuffin to make vampires become good again. It's never explained why ensouled humans are capable of evil though
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They soulless, demon-possessed Nosferatu with a Game Face. They also have the traditional weaknesses of vampires, including the religious ones
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lycanthropy can be transmitted by bite regardless of transformation state, displays a heightened sense of smell, and a vulnerability to silver and deadly injuries, like a ripped throat or bullet wounds. They change three times every moon cycle: the night of the full moon and the two surrounding nights.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: "Zombie" appears to be used indiscriminately in the Buffyverse to refer to a variety of types of "walking corpse that isn't a vampire":
    • In "Dead Man's Party", the zombies are Voodoo Zombies under the control of an evil spirit inhabiting a cursed mask.
    • In "The Zeppo", the undead juvenile delinquents are raised by voodoo rituals, but have a Revenant Zombie's independent volition and intact personality.
    • In the Angel episode "The Thin Dead Line", a Knight Templar police captain raises dead cops as Voodoo Zombies and has them continue patrolling the streets, ignoring their tendency to gratuitous violence.
    • In the Angel episode "Provider", a character becomes a Revenant Zombie through, it appears, pure will to transcend death.
    • In the Angel episode "Habeas Corpses", the Wolfram & Hart building's mystical security system has a last-ditch emergency mode of raising all dead employees as Flesh Eating Zombies, to ensure the death of whoever invaded it.
  • Possessing a Dead Body: This is explicitly said to be what a vampire is. You die, and an evil demon takes over your body.
  • Present Day: Generally speaking, the televised Buffyverse took place around the same time it was broadcast.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Both the Scooby Gang and the Angel Investigations team are this, at least at the beginning of the respective series.
  • True Companions: Both heroic teams
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Vampires Sleep in Coffins: Defied.
    Angel: Vampires don't sleep in coffins. It's a misconception made popular by hack writers and ignorant media. In fact, you know, we can and do move around during the day! As long as we avoid direct sunlight! GOT IT?!