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"Six years as a side man, now I get to be The Slayer."
Dark Willow

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Willow sets out to kill Jonathan and Andrew...and anyone else who gets in her way. Spike continues with The Trials.


  • Asshole Victim: Rack
  • At Least I Admit It: Willow dishes out a Breaking Speech to Buffy which includes this. In her words, Buffy hates living in the world just as much as Willow does; Willow's just more honest about it.
  • Audible Sharpness: Andrew's sword makes a shinng! sound when he holds it under Xander's throat, despite not being drawn from a scabbard.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Willow's Villain Teleportation vs. Anya's.
    Buffy: She could be there already.
    Anya: No. She couldn't, a witch at her level. She can only go airborne. It's a thing. More flashy, impresses the locals, but it does take longer.
    Xander: Longer than what?
    Anya: Teleporting. (she vanishes)
  • Bad Vibrations: In a policeman's coffee cup before Dark!Willow materialises.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones / From Nobody to Nightmare / Took a Level in Badass
    Jonathan: I still can't believe that was Willow. I mean, I've known her almost as long as you guys. Willow was ... you know. She packed her own lunches and wore floods and was always... just Willow.
    Both Buffy and Xander look pensive. Suddenly the entire car shakes violently. Dark!Willow is standing on top of a tractor-trailer, controlling it with her magic so it rams into their car.
    Jonathan: Geez it!
    Andrew: What was that?
    Xander: Just Willow.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Break Them by Talking: Dark!Willow does this to Buffy:
    Dark Willow: Oh, please! This is your pitch? Buffy, you hate it here as much as I do. I'm just more honest about it.
    Buffy: That's not true!
    Dark Willow: You're trying to sell me on the world? The one where you lie to your friends when you're not trying to kill them? And you screw a vampire just to feel? And insane asylums are the comfy alternative? This world? Buffy, it's me. I know you were happier when you were in the ground. The only time you were ever at peace in your whole life is when you were dead. Until Willow brought you back.
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  • The Bus Came Back
  • Cliffhanger
  • Compelling Voice: Dark!Willow tells a police officer to take a nap. He immediately collapses unconscious.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Dawn enters Rack's room to find his dissecated corpse floating in mid-air.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Andrew goes off on a rant full of Star Wars references, insisting that Willow won't stop with them and may very well turn on the Scoobies next. Anya acknowledges that Andrew has a point, reminding Xander that Willow did try to run him and Buffy down.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Dark Willow comes with She-Fu skills that she uses in her fight with Buffy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Jonathan. Unlike Andrew, who just sits around whining and complaining about everything the Scoobies are doing to keep them alive, Jonathan accepts responsibility for his role in the actions that caused all this, tries to provide Buffy and the gang with information that might be useful, and angrily holds Andrew at swordpoint to force him to release Xander, insisting that if they survive, both of them are going back to jail to face justice for their actions.
  • False Reassurance: Willow tells Buffy she wasn't planning to hurt Dawn (no, just turn her back into a ball of energy). Also this scene.
    Buffy: I don't want to hurt you. (gets Punched Across the Room)
    Dark!Willow: Not a problem.
    Buffy: (getting up again) I said I didn't want to. (backhands Dark!Willow) Didn't say I wouldn't.
    • Also a Call-Back to what Spike says to Dru]during the Season 2 finale.
  • Final Boss: Dark!Willow
  • Ghost Butler: Dark!Willow does some remote door slamming to stop people fleeing from her.
  • Groin Attack / Neck Snap: Spike taking down the Walking Action Figure.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Literally!
  • Hand Blast
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: How Willow can tell Buffy doesn't believe her own words.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Xander steals a police car to give Buffy a quick getaway.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Andrew says he'll find those hidden transmitters, "if I have to check every hole in my body and yours."
  • I Am the Noun
    Dawn: You're back on the magics.
    Dark Willow: No honey, I am the Magics.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence: In the previous episode, Anya was able to sense and track Willow due to her thirst for vengeance against Warren. After saving Jonathan and Andrew, Anya tells Xander and Buffy that she can't sense Willow anymore, meaning that whatever she's feeling has "gone way beyond simple vengeance."
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Buffy tries this on Dark!Willow. It doesn't work.
    Buffy: Willow, I know what you want to do, but you have to listen to me. The forces inside you are incredibly powerful. They're strong ... but you're stronger. You have to remember you're still Willow.
    Willow: Let me tell you something about Willow. She's a loser. And she always has been. People picked on Willow in junior high school, high school, up until college. With her stupid mousy ways. And now? Willow's a junkie.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death / Walking Shirtless Scene: Spike vs. The Walking Action Figure with Flaming Fists
  • Ironic Echo: "Just going to take a little tour." Willow tosses Rack's words from "Wrecked" back at him before draining his powers and his life.
  • It's All My Fault: During an argument with Anya, Xander admits that he saw the gun in Warren's hand before he even raised it, and just stood there, frozen in fear, while he shot Buffy and Tara.
    Xander: You wanna tell me how useless I am? That it's my fault? Thanks. I already got the memo.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Willow killing Warren had many a fan cheering. Killing Rack, okay he was an Asshole Victim. Wanting to kill Jonathan and Andrew, yeah okay you could argue just letting her finish. Wanting to hurt and kill Dawn, Buffy, for fun? There is a reason why fans cheered at the end of this episode too.
  • Kick the Dog: When Dawn tries to talk Willow out of killing Andrew and Jonathan, Willow threatens to make her cease existing, saying Dawn does nothing but whine. Willow just about does this when Buffy stops her. Yeah, it's also that trope.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Willow's so far gone by this point that she threatens to turn Dawn back into an Energy Ball just to put an end to her constant whining, and tries to kill Buffy and Xander for trying to protect Andrew and Jonathan.
    Buffy: You're attacking the people who love you now?
    Willow: Only the ones in my way.
  • Meaningful Echo: For Season 7.
    Dark!Willow: I get it now. The Slayer thing really isn't about the violence. It's about the power.
    • Buffy telling Willow "I don't want to hurt you. Doesn't mean that I won't." is similar to what Spike tells Drusilla in "Becoming, Part II".
  • Mexican Standoff: With swords. Andrew blinks first.
  • Misplaced Retribution: After exacting her revenge on Warren, Willow promptly decides to try to kill his accomplices Jonathan and Andrew, who were in prison at the time and had absolutely nothing to do with it. While the Scoobies (sans Buffy) were so disgusted and furious with Warren that they rallied behind Willow en masse with her intent to kill, they all agree that Jonathan and Andrew don't deserve Willow's wrath.
  • Mundane Solution: Seeing Willow has trashed their car, Buffy just runs directly to jail. Later when they're being rammed by the semi, someone asks Buffy, "Any ideas?" She responds, "Drive faster."
  • Neck Lift: Dark!Willow to Anya when she finds her doing the protection spell.
    "You can't block my spells if you can't chant."
  • Never My Fault: Andrew's attitude. Jonathan disagrees, because they agreed to sign on with Warren to become villains.
  • The Nicknamer: Spike calls the cave demon "O Great Mysterious One". Willow calls Buffy "Buzzkill" and "Superbitch". Andrew calls Jonathan "Jerk-a-thon".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Dawn runs away from Dark!Willow only to find Dark!Willow standing between her and the door.
  • Off to See the Wizard: Anya describes Dark!Willow as "the most powerful Wicca in the western hemisphere". Which of course would make her the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Oh, Crap!: Buffy's reaction to Willow discovering Anya, who's hiding in the shadows and backing Buffy up with a chant that blocks Willow's spells.
  • Previously On: Covering Season 6. Unlike the usual snippet of Giles saying "Previously..." it featured Xander saying "This is what happened this year", adding more impact to Giles being Not Named in Opening Credits.
  • Punch Catch: Not a good idea when your opponent has flaming fists.
  • The Resenter: Willow's resentment towards superhero Buffy, needy Dawn, and the world that's belittled her for being a Shrinking Violet nerd comes out into the open.
  • Screaming Witch / Make Me Wanna Shout
  • Shout-Out: To The Terminator.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Buffy and Dawn repeatedly try to reason with Dark Willow, and every time, Willow shoots them down.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum
  • Super Strength: Buffy pulls open the bars on the jail cell. Dark!Willow casts a spell on herself so she's stronger than Buffy, enabling her to beat the Slayer in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Tainted Veins: Dark!Willow after absorbing Rack's power.
  • Talk to the Fist: Andrew's constant whining and Never My Fault attitude eventually provokes Buffy to punch him in the face.
  • Tastes Like Strawberries: Clem warns Dawn of Rack's liking for young human girls, but she isn't in the mood to listen. Fortunately Dark!Willow gets there first.
    Rack: Look at you now, all grown up. So full of dark juice. And you still taste like strawberries. Only now... you're ripe.
  • Telepathy
    Dawn: Willow... please, just listen to me.
    Willow: You don't have to talk. Just think real loud. I can hear you.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Buffy and Dawn collapse after Willow teleports them to the Magic Shop.
  • Tempting Fate / Badass Boast
    Dark!Willow: There's no one in the world with the power to stop me now.
    Giles: I'd like to test that theory.
  • There Was a Door: Willow uses her telekinetic powers to pull the bricks out of the wall of the police station, getting access to the cell where Andrew and Jonathan are. Buffy just kicks open the doors and gets there quicker.
  • Third-Person Person: Tellingly, Dark!Willow switches back to first person when she mentions Tara.
  • Travelling at the Speed of Plot: Willow takes an absurdly long time to break through the jail cell wall, giving the other Scoobies enough time to convince Andrew and Jonathan to come with them.
  • Villain Has a Point: Willow's Breaking Speech to Buffy is hard to argue against; Buffy herself said more than once that she was happier when she was dead and finds it so hard to be alive again
  • Villain-by-Proxy Fallacy
  • Vomit Discretion Shot
    Xander: I think I'm gonna be sick.
    Anya: Again?
    Xander: I know, it's just ... what happened back there, the sounds of it. The smell.
  • We'll See About That: "I'd like to test that theory."
  • What Happened to the Loose-Skinned Demon?: The last we see of Clem is him waiting in Rack's foyer while Dawn went in to see Rack. Presumably Buffy told him to take a hike when she turned up to save Dawn.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Andrew tries to give a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Xander and Anya, but fills it with so many Star Wars references that it practically becomes a Nerdgasm:
    Xander: You've never had any tiny bit of sex, have you?
    Anya: The annoying virgin has a point.
    • Dark Willow has her own Foe Yay version. "Oh Buffy, you really need to get every square inch of your ass kicked."
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