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Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 6 E 20 Villains

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When a psychotic misogynist takes away a witch's soulmate, he deserves everything he gets. Case in point...

Xander: "You said it yourself, Will, the magic's too strong. There's no coming back from it."
Willow: "I'm not coming back."

Willow absorbs all the dark magick at the Magic Box and saves Buffy. She then goes after Warren in one of the most horrifyingly glorious scenes in the entire series.

  • Actually a Doombot: When Willow catches up to Warren on the bus, he turns out to be a robot.
  • All Deaths Final: Osiris rejects Willow's attempt to resurrect Tara because she wasn't killed by supernatural forces.
  • An Axe to Grind: Warren on Willow In the Back. She just gets back up again.
    • Also a Call-Back. Tara saved Willow's life by axing a demon in the back early in the season.
  • And I Must Scream: Willow has Warren tied up and his mouth stitched shut as she tortures him with a bullet.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: The fan question about why demons don't just shoot Buffy is answered when they point out that while gunshots can kill them, it's not easy — Slayers heal very fast, and get really pissed when they get better.
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  • Asshole Victim: Warren. Buffy is about the only one who won't let Willow have this one, and that's only because she doesn't want her best friend to be a murderer.
  • Backseat Driver: This is done literally when Willow uses magic to take control of a car from Xander.
  • Badass Decay (In-Universe): The demon shaman (stated to be called "Lloyd" in "Selfless") re Spike.
  • Bad Boss: Warren leaves Andrew and Jonathan to take the fall for him.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: The Slayer can't kill humans except in self defense. Dark!Willow obligingly kills Warren instead.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Willow goes Terminator Girl to kill Warren for his attempt to kill Buffy and murder of Tara.
  • Big Blackout: Willow entering the operating room (causing Buffy to flatline, much to Xander's alarm). Even before Willow absorbs all that Dark Magick, she fuses out the lights in the Magic Box just by walking inside.
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  • Big "NO!": Willow banishing Osiris.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Willow after she absorbs all the magicks. Becomes Supernatural Gold Eyes whenever she's using her powers.
  • Black Magic: So black it dyes her hair.
  • Blank Book: What's left of the Tome of Eldritch Lore after Willow draws out their magic.
  • Blood Magic: Willow uses her blood-splattered shirt to create a map of where Warren is hiding.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even when wrapped up by vines and facing a furious Dark!Willow, Warren just can't stop himself from mouthing off to her and threatening her:
    Warren: You're really asking for it, you know that?
    Willow: I'm asking for it?
    Warren: I'm gonna walk away from this. And when I do, you're gonna beg to go join your little girlfriend.
  • Buffy Speak: Willow is going all wrathy.
  • Call-Back:
    • "Bored now...", the line used by Vampire!Willow in "The Wish and Doppelgangland." While we knew Willow had darkness in her, it's especially chilling in that Willow never heard her Evil Twin say it. Thus, while Vampire Willow delivered it in a pouty, childish way, Willow's delivery is cold and harsh.
    • Willow taunts Warren with a ghost or illusion of Katrina, the ex-girlfriend he killed.
  • Carpet of Virility: Warren, when Willow pulls open his shirt to torture him. Ironic given his nerdy characterisation. It's also visible at his unbuttoned collar starting when he's celebrating in the demon bar.
  • Conflict Killer
  • Crazy-Prepared: Warren had a robot-double of himself in reserve that he was able to pull into service as a get-away tactic.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: From the vampire at Willy's bar to Warren.
    "I was going to eat you myself during the commercial, but now I think it would be more fun to watch the Slayer de-gut you."
  • Darkest Africa: Spike goes to Africa to undergo the Demon Trials.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Willow's scream of agony and rage clearly causes Osiris pain.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Averted— Tara is dead before she hits the floor, and Willow holds her body begging for her to come back.
  • Death Is Cheap: Averted; Willow can't resurrect Tara because her death was by 'natural' means and by human hands.
  • Description Cut: Jonathan sarcastically saying that Warren will be busting in to save them any moment, to Warren strutting into the Bad-Guy Bar to buy everyone a drink. Oh, and the Trio? "I cut them loose."
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Clem jumps off Spike's sofa in a fright, spilling his popcorn, when the Slayer turns up without knocking as always.
  • Due to the Dead: Dawn waits by Tara's body until Buffy returns home.
  • Easily Forgiven: Xander can't understand why Buffy goes to Spike for help re protecting Dawn.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Warren is informed that Willow is out for his blood, he seems to honestly not understand why. This being right after he shot Buffy, Willow's best friend, in her own backyard, and killed Tara as well.
    Rack: She's gonna blow this town apart... starting with you.
    Warren: Me? What did I... What did I do to her? beat Okay, okay. I-I shot her friend.
    Rack: I feel death.
    Warren: But the Slayer's alive! And she heals!
    Rack: She might, but somebody's stone cold. And that... is why the witch wants your head.
  • Evil Laugh: Unfortunately the demons in the Bad-Guy Bar are laughing at Warren, not with him.
    Vampire: More like the evil laugh of "You're a dead man."
  • Evil Makeover: Dark!Willow
    Xander: And can I just ask, what's with the Make-Over of the Damned? I mean, the hair...!
  • Evil Wears Black: Willow's White Shirt of Death is replaced by the Makeover of the Damned.
  • Fade to White: Dawn finding Tara's body.
  • Exact Words: The creepy African demon asks if Spike wants a "return to his former self". He does.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Warren's attempt at a Badass Boast is stymied by the fact that no-one in the demon world has heard of the Trio.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Willow's blood-splattered shirt fails to register with Xander as Buffy is being loaded into the ambulance.
  • The Fettered
    Buffy: Being a Slayer doesn't give me a license to kill. Warren's human.
    Dawn: So?
    Buffy: So the human world has its own rules for dealing with people like him—
    Xander: Yeah, we all know how well those rules work.
    Buffy: Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. We can't control the universe. If we were supposed to, then the magic wouldn't change Willow the way it does. And we'd be able to bring Tara back...
    Dawn: And mom.
    Buffy: There are limits to what we can do. There should be.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Spike examines several cave paintings which include a man with his mouth sewed shut, and a dark figure pointing at another man who appears to have been flayed.
    • Rack tells Warren that Buffy is the last thing he needs to worry about. Warren quips "Yeah, let's talk about my skin troubles!"
    • For "Two To Go" — after Willow kills Warren she says, "One down..." then teleports out of there. Roll credits.
  • Flaying Alive: One of the most glorious examples.
  • Get Out!: "Leave. Now."
  • Healing Hands: Willow removes the bullet from Buffy (and presumably repairs her internal injuries).
  • Human Notepad: Willow absorbs several Tomes Of Eldritch Lore — the text is seen flowing across her skin until its reaches her face and gives her Black Eyes of Evil and an Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    Willow: Please, please, bring her back!
    Osiris: You may not violate the laws of natural passing—
    Willow: How? How is this natural?
    Osiris: It is a human death, by human means.
    • Discussed later with Buffy, Xander, and Dawn; Xander and Dawn are in agreement that Warren is no better than the vampires and demons Buffy fights on a regular basis, and agree with Willow that he deserves to die.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Buffy desperately invokes this in an attempt to get Willow to back down; Willow refuses to listen.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
    Buffy: Willow, if you do this, you let Warren destroy you too.
    Xander: You said it yourself, Will — the magic's too strong, there's no coming back from it.
    Willow: I'm not coming back.
  • Just a Kid: Rack tells Warren that taking on the Slayer is pretty heavy stuff for someone who's just a kid.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Let's see, Warren allowed a Sex Bot to go crazy with no regard for the destruction it caused or for the robot, wants to be evil, has made numerous attempts on Buffy's life, mind raped and nearly physically raped his girlfriend, killed her, finds that he enjoys killing women, shoots Buffy, kills Tara. Buffy's the only one trying to preach Thou Shalt Not Kill, and even then, it's only because she doesn't want Willow to become a murderer.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence (only she's Not Quite Dead)
    Willow: Run all night, Warren. I'll still find-- (Warren plants an axe in her back)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Willow uses the very same bullet Warren shot Buffy with to torture him.
    Willow: Wanna know what a bullet feels like, Warren? A real one?
  • Love Makes You Evil: Or in this case wrathy. It's only when Buffy gets in the way of killing Andrew and Jonathan does Willow go Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: Willow magically sews Warren's mouth shut as she tortures him.
  • Mr. Exposition: Osiris rocks up to tell the audience why Willow can't just bring Tara Back from the Dead like she did Buffy.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: After going Dark, Willow is adamant that Warren needs to die for shooting Tara despite Buffy repeatedly insisting that they don't kill humans and there are other options. On top of it all, Xander and Dawn are so disgusted and furious with Warren that they declare him to be just as bad as any vampire or demon Buffy's slain and fully support Willow's intent to kill... at least until the minute she actually goes through with it.
  • Not Worth Killing: A vampire in the demon bar bluntly tells Warren the only reason he doesn't feed on the little twerp is because the Slayer will make it a much more drawn out process.
  • Nothing Personal: Warren tries this. Willow's not impressed.
    Warren: It was an accident, you know.
    Willow: Oh. You mean, instead of killing my best friend you killed my girlfriend?
    Warren: It wasn't personal, that's all.
    Willow: Well this is.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Warren is fleeing Willow behind him when he bumps into Willow standing in front of him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Warren finding out the Slayer is still alive — and it's a virtual Humiliation Conga of Oh, Crap! moments from then on.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: There had been many villains in the series, from Angelus to Faith to Maggie Walsh. Warren is up there with the most vile, and for his crimes of murder, attempted rape and attempted sex slavery Willow gives him a horrific, and oh so very much deserved, death.
  • Pet the Dog: Dark Willow makes sure Buffy is going to be alright first, before using her near death as part motivation to hunt down Warren.
  • Powers as Programs: Warren goes to Rack and buys up a load of magic firepower. Willow just absorbs it straight from the forbidden books.
  • Power Incontinence: When Willow stalks into the Magic Box, lights throughout the store explode at her approach.
  • Pretender Diss: The vampires and demons in Willy's aren't impressed by Warren's attempt to identify as one of them.
  • Prison Rape: Jonathan gives Butt-Monkey a whole new definition.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: This was building up all season; in fact hints are given throughout the series of a more darker side to Willow's Shrinking Violet nature — her taste for revenge, her childlike petulance, her anger at being an Extreme Doormat or mere Sidekick leading to a desire for power through magic coupled with a total irresponsibility in its use.
  • Pun: Willow yanks Warren's axe out of her back and says, "Axe — not going to cut it."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: For both Tara's death and Warren's attempted murder of Buffy.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The film Meet John Doe is playing in Spike's crypt.
  • Run for the Border: Warren tries to flee to Mexico. It's Actually a Doombot.
  • She's Back: The Return of Leader!Buffy.
  • Shock and Awe: Willow putting the whammy on her friends and later Warren.
  • Shooting Superman: As the demons point out to Warren, you can shoot a Slayer, they're just very difficult to kill that way.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: Willow creates one against a flying bomb sent by Warren.
  • Stock Shticks
    Rack: If I were you, I'd be worried about the witch.
    Warren: Witch? Which witch?
  • Straw Misogynist: Warren
    Willow: You never felt you had the power with her [Katrina]. Not until you killed her.
    Warren: Women. You know, you're just like the rest of them. Mind games.
    Willow: You get off on it. That's why you had a mad-on for the Slayer. She was your big O, wasn't she, Warren?
  • Tempting Fate
    Jonathan: Face it, NO ONE cares enough to come for us.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
    Katrina: How could you say you loved me, and do that to me?
    Warren: Because you deserved it, bitch!
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Anya is asked why she's not with Willow, given that she's a vengeance demon. She says that normally she'd be drawn to her, but Willow wants to get her own revenge.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: Buffy preaches this, insisting to the Scoobies that they do not kill humans.
  • To the Pain: Willow describes in detail the damage the bullet will do as it works its way through Warren's body.
    "Wanna know what a bullet feels like, Warren? A real one? It's not like in the comics. It's not going to make a neat little hole. First, it'll obliterate your internal organs. Your lung will collapse, feels like drowning... when it finally hits your spine, it'll blow your central nervous system. The pain will be unbearable, but you won't be able to move. Bullets usually travel faster than this, of course. But the dying? It's going to seem like it takes forever."
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: It would have taken Spike weeks, maybe months to get to Africa (unless he got someone to teleport him). Presumably the Demon Trials took place over the summer, but for practical reasons are shown concurrently with what happened immediately after he left.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: Warren saying to Willow, "Are you done yet? Or can we talk some more about our feelings?" to Buffy asking Anya "What's happening? What do you feel?"
  • Unflinching Faith in the Brakes: Willow stopping the bus.
  • Vigilante Execution: Courtesy of Willow the Vampire Flayer.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Warren's last words are to desperately beg Willow not to kill him. It doesn't work.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Willow magics out the bullet that hit Buffy, but it's OK because she witch-fu's all of her wounds closed at the same time.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed between the Scoobies. Buffy insists that doesn't have a license to kill, and Warren's a human, so they should let the human justice system deal with him. By contrast, Dawn and Xander openly declare that in Warren's case, Humans Are the Real Monsters and whatever Willow's going to do to him, he deserves it. The only issue anyone has with his death is how gruesome it is.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Xander is taken aback that Buffy is willing to let Dawn stay at Spike's place, especially after his attempt to rape her last episode.
  • When She Smiles: Even in the depths of her rage and angst, Willow still manages a faint smile on bringing Buffy back to life.
  • Willow's Weeds: Buffy changes into a black shirt after finding Tara's body. Willow has already done a black makeover, albeit for entirely different reasons.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Her:
    • Turns out you can, but Slayers are rather difficult to kill.
    • Even after everything he had done Buffy wants Warren arrested, not dead. This is an argument not just with Willow but the fan base as a whole. Most agreed with Willow killing Warren. It's everything else thereafter that tends to split the fan base.

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