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Spike's trademark coat cost $2,000 from a top fashion store. It was then run over repeatedly by a truck to give it that distressed look.
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This show was one of the first to feature the words "Google it" in an episode. At which point Willow does so.
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Entertainment Weekly magazine named Buffy the number three character of all time, coming behind Homer Simpson and Harry Potter. (issue #1105/1106, June 4/11, 2010).
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Series creator Joss Whedon has said that the idea for Buffy came from all the horror movies he had seen featuring a helpless young blonde who would almost always be the first to die. He felt she needed a better image.
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It cost $5,000 to "dust" a vamp using computer graphics.
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Although she was not credited by name, one of the executive producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) was Dolly Parton, who had a production partnership (called Sandollar Entertainment) with Sandy Gallin, who had managed Parton's career.
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Joss Whedon supplies the voice of the Mutant Enemy mascot which says "Grrr...Arrgh" heard at the end of almost every episode.
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Anthony Head tutored James Marsters in his London accent for Spike. In reality, Head's accent is more like Spike's than the clipped English tones that he sports in the show.
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Charisma Carpenter is about the same age, only a few weeks younger than Robia Scott, who portrays Cordelia's teacher Jenny Calendar.
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In April 2002, TV Guide named this as one of "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time".
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Kali Rocha, who showed up in the sixth season as vengeance demon Halfreck, first appeared in a flashback episode in the fifth season as Cecily, the woman who spurned William, causing him to become the vampire known as Spike. Having already cast Rocha as Halfreck, the writers knew the loyal fans would immediately recognize her, so as an inside joke between them, when Halfreck first saw Spike, she said, "William?" It is debated whether they are the same character.
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According to Alyson Hannigan, Joss Whedon asked who of the three who wanted to be red since Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, and Sarah Michelle Gellar were all dark-haired by the time the series started. She then went for it.
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Series creator Joss Whedon wanted to do a musical episode as early as the first season, but the network wouldn't allow him to. When the show switched networks after the fifth season, he was finally able to get his wish, resulting in the episode Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001).
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"Mutant Enemy", Joss Whedon's production company, was the name he gave to his first typewriter when he was fifteen. The logo was created in twenty minutes when he was told he had to have one.
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Although Joss Whedon had intended to end the series after season seven, UPN were willing to renew the series for an eighth year. But Sarah Michelle Gellar said she would not return for a new season as did Whedon.
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Because of the feud with UPN and the WB over Buffy jumping networks, crossovers between Buffy (which was on UPN), and Angel (1999) (which remained on the WB) were prohibited during season six (season three of Angel).
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Originally another actress had been cast as Anya, but backed out after finding out it was only for two guest spots. The role wound up going to Emma Caulfield Ford, and, starting toward the end of the third season, Anya became a regular character throughout the rest of the show's run.
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Joss Whedon based the character of Cordelia Chase on a girl with whom his wife attended high school, and Xander Harris on himself. According to Nicholas Brendon, this is why Xander "gets all the good lines".
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Sarah Michelle Gellar recommended Michelle Trachtenberg for the role of Dawn, as she knew her from their work on All My Children (1970).
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Nicholas Brendon was told by producers to stop working out, because they didn't want Xander "looking too buffed."
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Ranked #10 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "100 Greatest Shows of All Time."
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Ryan Reynolds was originally offered the role of Xander. He passed on it because of his own awful high school experiences. "I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon," Reynolds told 'The Toronto Star' in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school." (Quoted in: Dibdin, Emma. "27 things you never knew about Buffy the Vampire Slayer," published in 'Digital Spy' Online, August 18 2014.)
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The title theme was chosen after Alyson Hannigan made Joss Whedon listen to it.
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During the first through fourth seasons, the main stuntwoman for Sarah Michelle Gellar was Sophia Crawford, and the show's stunt coordinator was Crawford's husband, Jeff Pruitt. Pruitt and Crawford left at the end of season four, and Pruitt posted on a Buffy fans' Internet message board a lengthy diatribe titled "The Parable of the Knight," in which he aired his disagreements with the show's producers and star in the form of an allegorical fairy tale (Pruitt himself was "the knight" in his story). Showrunner Joss Whedon then responded on the same message boards, saying (in part): "this isn't a fairy tale. Or a thinly veiled 'parable.' It's a hard, gruelingly hard job, ten months a year, thirteen hours a day, with fifty or more people straining, working, getting in each other's face, stepping on each other's toes, driving each other crazy... There are conflicts, raging egos--and even occasional backstabbing, I'm sorry to say. There are very few 'plots,' and as far as I can tell, no jousting of any kind. People just wear on each other and eventually sometimes you have to make a change. No one's to blame--or everyone is. But either people get into a groove of working as part of the whole or they don't. And seeing yourself as a noble knight being plotted against by evil courtiers really doesn't help."
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Dawn was originally intended to have the power to speak to the dead. She was also supposed to be able to move objects with her mind. These powers were later dropped.
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The entire first season was filmed before the first episode went to air, giving them the opportunity to go back and re-shoot various scenes. The scene in the library where Buffy states "it's my first day..." was actually filmed on the last day of shooting, after they decided her original performance was too forceful and aggressive. Another scene added to the pilot (to fill in time, as it was shorter than expected) was the infamous "you have something in your eye" scene, where The Master blinds a vampire who had failed him.
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David Fury said in some DVD commentaries that Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn't like to act laughing because she found herself too fake. To tease her, Fury wrote scenes where Buffy laughed whenever he could.
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Nathan Fillion (Caleb) originally auditioned for the role of Angel when the show was first being cast in late 1996.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar initially auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase, and Charisma Carpenter, who plays Cordelia, auditioned for the role of Buffy. Others who auditioned for Buffy, and got other roles include Julie Benz (Darla), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy Madison), Julia Lee (Anne), and Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall). Bianca Lawson, who played Kendra the Vampire Slayer in season two, originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia.
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Before he was turned into a vampire, Spike's name was William. Angel's real name was Liam.
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While Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big supporter of the Buffy and Angel relationship, Joss Whedon has revealed that he is a Buffy and Spike shipper.
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The library is stocked with all real books.
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James Marsters originally auditioned for Spike with a Texan accent. This was quickly jettisoned in favor of a London accent instead.
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There are forty-three churches in the town of Sunnydale (something to do with it being located on the Hellmouth).
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Sarah Michelle Gellar purposefully kept out of the spotlight during filming, so that younger viewers wouldn't see pictures of Buffy drinking or smoking.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar was the only one to appear in all 145 episodes (including the unaired pilot). Alyson Hannigan appeared in all 144 of the regular episodes. Nicholas Brendon was only absent in season seven, episode seven.
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Filmed in Torrance High School, the same school used in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), She's All That (1999), and Cursed (2005).
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Alyson Hannigan is very good friends with singer Pink whose daughter is named Willow. After her birth, Hannigan praised her name choice on Twitter.
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According to Joss Whedon, Clare Kramer and Charlie Weber didn't know from the beginning the truth about the Glory and Ben link. They learned it when it was necessary for them to know.
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Seth Green and Chi Muoi Lo are the only actors to appear in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and this show. However, Green's movie role was cut down to that of an extra.
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There are just seven episodes in which no vampire appears. They are Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Inca Mummy Girl (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Living Conditions (1999), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fear Itself (1999). In the other ones, even when there are no vampire foes, there's always Angel, or Spike. Or both.
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Interviewer Will Harris asked why actors from the cancelled series Firefly (2002) became characters in the last few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999), referring to Nathan Fillion as Caleb in "Buffy" and to Gina Torres as Jasmine and Adam Baldwin as Marcus Hamilton in "Angel" (as well as Alan Tudyk in Dollhouse (2009)), and whether Whedon had promised them "work if their show tanked." Whedon replied, "No, you know, I was against it at first. I thought, it'll seem incestuous and weird. But then, they're, like, Joss, nobody saw Firefly (2002). No one will know. You know these actors are great, you know you love working with them, you know you need somebody bigger than life for the role, and, so, get over it. And I did. Rather dramatically." in "Joss for a minute: A brief chat with Joss Whedon," (11/29/2005).
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Ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
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Creator Joss Whedon is the only crew member who directed or wrote episodes in every season.
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The even numbered seasons (two, four, and six) each feature a Halloween episode: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fear Itself (1999), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: All the Way (2001), while the odd numbered seasons did not.
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Seth Green played Oz, the boyfriend of Alyson Hannigan. He also played her boyfriend in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988).
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Ranked #2 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
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Sunnydale's ZIP code would place the town in Morgan Hill, California.
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Originally, Joss Whedon didn't want either of Buffy's parents to appear as characters on the show. Accepting that that could get complicated, he settled on just having her mother, Joyce, appear in a nearly regular role, while Buffy's father Hank appeared in very few episodes.
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Several actors and actresses from this series and Angel (1999) also appear in the similarly themed Supernatural (2005), including Amber Benson, Felicia Day, Mercedes McNab, Julie Benz, Jeff Kober, Amy Acker, and many others. Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters guest starred in an episode together as a couple. Creator Eric Kripke is reportedly a fan of this show.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar was the only cast member who knew about Dawn.
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The series is not based on the feature film Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), but Joss Whedon's original screenplay, which had been heavily re-written to be more comedic. The Buffy comic book series adapted the screenplay, bringing the events of the movie in-line with the television show's continuity.
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Anthony Head's favorite episode was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Passion (1998).
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Amber Benson went to portray a vampire in the similarly themed Supernatural (2005), where Felicia Day played a hunter, strongly similar to her role of Slayer on "Buffy".
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Oz was originally supposed to wear thick rimmed glasses, much like the lead singer of Weezer. This was dropped at the last minute, as Joss Whedon felt that it looked tacky.
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The only episodes which titles are shown on-screen are Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Conversations with Dead People (2002).
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Oz's full name is Daniel Osborne, as briefly mentioned by Willow, when she was speaking to Professor Walsh mid-season four.
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Priyanka Chopra, Matthew Lewis, Will Smith, and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly huge fans of this series. Singer Ed Sheeran has also mentioned his "obsession" for it in interviews, and some of his concerts and sampled the song "Remembering Jenny" from the Christophe Beck score in his song "Afire Love".
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James Marsters has performed with his band, "Ghost of the Robot", opening concerts for "Nerf Herder", the composers of the series' title theme.
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U.S. ratings for the series over the seven year run: Season One - 3.7 million viewers; Season Two - 5.2 million viewers; Season Three - 5.3 million viewers; Season Four - 5.1 million viewers; Season Five - 4.5 million viewers; Season Six - 4.6 million; viewers Season Seven - 4.1 million.
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Buffy's unusual name is a shortened pet name for Elizabeth; a buffy coat is also a component of blood, something very appropriate for a vampire series.
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Joss Whedon gave Riley the last name of "Finn", after hearing executive producer Marti Noxon talking about taking her dog, Finn, to the vet.
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In the unaired pilot, the role of Willow was played by Riff Regan, but when the episode was re-shot, Alyson Hannigan was chosen for the role instead.
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Many of Andrew Wells' (Tom Lenk's) lines include references to the online fan community (the male slayer discussion, his inability to understand Dawn and Buffy's link).
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Seth Green disliked being underutilized in season three, as he hated having to show up for work when he'd only have one or two lines the whole time. This is why Oz is absent midway through season four.
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The prologue ("In every generation there is a chosen one....") is not used consistently. Two of the first twelve episodes don't use it. During the second season, use of the prologue becomes even more spotty. Rupert intones it only during the second season.
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A total of 18 actors played the same character in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999): Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), David Boreanaz (Angel), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), James Marsters (Spike), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce), Seth Green (Oz), Eliza Dushku (Faith Lehane), Julie Benz (Darla), Juliet Landau (Drusilla), Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), Mark Metcalf (The Master), Julia Lee (Anne Steele), Zitto Kazann (Kalderash Elder), Alastair Duncan (Collins), Jeff Ricketts (Weatherby), Kevin Owers (Smith) and Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells). All of the relevant characters appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) before appearing in Angel (1999). As such, no character created for Angel (1999) ever appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
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In the Sunnydale cemetery, there is a frequently seen mausoleum with the family name Alpert. Alpert is the last name of one of the show's producers, Marc David Alpert.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar disliked season six, because of the dark tone of the storylines. She also wasn't a fan of the extensive preparation that had to be done for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001).
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Jenny Calendar was originally to have been called Nicki. This was changed to Jenny to avoid confusion on the set, Nicholas Brendon being generally called Nicky by his co-stars. However, in season seven, the character Nikki Wood was added, and appears in several episodes.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Body (2001) ranked #20 out of 100 in Entertainment Weekly's "The 100 Greatest: Best of the Decade" (issue #1079/1080, December 11, 2009).
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The cast hated the library scenes, since they were full of exposition and took forever to film. They all celebrated when it blew up.
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Tom Lenk, who plays Andrew Wells, originally appeared in the fifth season's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Real Me (2000) as Harmony's minion, Cyrus.
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In Bravo's 2004 "100 Greatest TV Characters" list, Buffy came in at number 13.
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Sixteen-year-old Mercedes McNab and nineteen-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar were the only two members of the main or recurring cast to be actual teenagers at the time filming started in 1996.
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Drusilla's appearance was inspired by Kate Moss and mid-1990s heroin chic aesthetic.
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Throughout the series, there are numerous references to reference books, or spells, being written in Sumerian. Sumerian writing is the oldest example of writing on Earth. Although hieroglyphs were first used, symbols were later made to represent syllables. In fact, a large body of hundreds of thousands of texts in the Sumerian language have survived, such as personal or business letters, receipts, lexical lists, laws, hymns, prayers, stories, daily records, and even libraries full of clay tablets. Monumental inscriptions and texts on different objects like statues or bricks are also very common. Many texts survive in multiple copies, because they were repeatedly transcribed by scribes-in-training.
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Buffy's mother was played by Kristine Sutherland, who took her stage name as an indirect homage to Donald Sutherland. Donald Sutherland played Merrick the Watcher, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
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Producer and writer Marti Noxon, who was hired during the second season, reportedly thought the series would be a failed television show after a "failed movie", but was hooked after watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel (1997) (particularly the scene in which Buffy offers her neck to Angel).
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The first vampire make-up test was done on Julie Benz, and caused her to have an allergic reaction towards the prosthetic. She also reportedly felt uncomfortable removing the six layers of make-up, and the vampire lenses frequently.
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The names of buildings and places at the fictional U.C. Sunnydale, are actual locations and buildings at the real-life U.C. Santa Cruz.
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Danny Strong (Jonathan) originally auditioned for the role of Xander.
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In a May 6, 2003 interview by Fred Topel, Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof jokingly talked about the show's death of cast members as the series progressed toward its end. Hannigan said, "Nobody dies on our shows." Denisov said, "Death is insignificant." Hannigan added, "Death is just really a plot twist." This has long since become a joke among fans, but here it is articulated by two cast members, who knew what would happen in the months between the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), and the fourth season of Angel (1999).
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Laura Vandervoort is a huge fan of this series, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) in her youth. She wrote a letter to Joss Whedon as a kid, which Whedon remembered, when she auditioned for a role for him years later.
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In Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Buffy says that her only life goals are to "graduate, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die." Although Joss Whedon has repeatedly stressed that the movie should not be considered "canon" for the television show, by the end of it, Buffy actually accomplishes three of these goals, graduate, go to Europe, and die, although, not in that order.
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According to visual effects supervisor Loni Peristere, an average episode has eighteen to fifty visual effects shots, about ten percent of the total number of shots. The two most common are vampires morphing into game-face and vampires being dusted. For those, the effects team uses Maya V.4.5 with Stroika, a collection of plug-ins and software which lets the artists take image maps, or photographs, and emit particles of the same color and lighting.
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The Master was originally supposed to have a beard and long hair, before Mark Metcalf suggested the bald look as an homage to Nosferatu (1922).
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Ranked #10 out of 100 in Entertainment Weekly's "The New Classics: Television" (issue #1000, July 4, 2008).
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Before she was cast as Violet, Felicia Day auditioned for the role of Fred, which went to Amy Acker in Angel (1999). The character was originally supposed to be Asian.
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Joss Whedon wanted to increase paranoia by making the vampires look like normal humans until it's time to feed and they transform into monsters. He wanted them to very clearly look like monsters though to ensure a certain level of fantasy on the show. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes to apply the facial prosthetic and just as long to remove it after filming.
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Other actresses considered for the lead role as Buffy also included Katie Holmes and Selma Blair.
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The only actor under the age of 30 who was the appropriate age for his/her character was Michelle Trachtenberg. The rest were either a few years older or 100+ years younger than their characters.
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Joss Whedon's favorite episode was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998).
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The headstones in Sunnydale Cemetery are actually made out of Styrofoam.
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The cast, including Joss Whedon, reunited for the front cover of April 2017 Entertainment Weekly, for the 20th anniversary of the show.
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James Marsters had originally declined the role of Spike and only after seeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl (1997) (due to his agent telling him how it was different then the movie version) did he want to audition.
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When asked about her favourite moment on working on the show, Charisma Carpenter responded with working with great friend Nicholas Brendon, who she calls Nicky, fans even speculated that they were even dating considering their close relationship on and off screen. When asked about her making out with Xander in seasons 2 and 3 she said it was really awkward considering they were close to best friends and responded with the while she loves Nicky, it's just not in "that" way.
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"Buffy" was originally the name of Yoda in the Star Wars saga. Sarah Michelle Gellar would join the franchise as the voice of the Seventh Sister in Star Wars Rebels (2014).
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There were a group of six regular extras that appeared in several seasons of the show. One of those extras was director Jerome Elston Scott.
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James Marsters first television series to have a comic book continuation, followed by Angel (1999), and Smallville (2001).
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Every main character listed in the main credits has wrecked an automobile, except Dawn and Anya, both of whom did not possess a driver's license and yet operated a vehicle.
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A HD remastered version, which originally aired on the American television network Pivot, was heavily criticized by fans for its sloppy remastering. The most noticeable change is that the series was converted to 16:9 instead of keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio. Because of that, many elements that weren't supposed to be in a shot became briefly visible, such as camera crews, technical equipment and even actors that were supposed to be out of frame. Also, many scenes were cropped to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio, which hides many details that were given in the 4:3 format, and some scenes were arranged in the wrong order. Series creator Joss Whedon disapproves of this version, stating "Buffy was shot 4x3 [because] TVs were shaped that way. Widescreen Buffy is nonsense." Apart from that, many effects (such as visual effects and color filters) were either altered to fit the HD standard, or not added at all. These shortcomings caused fans to start a petition to give the series a proper remastered HD release, especially in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.
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The three most occurring female characters (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and Emma Caulfield Ford) are all relatively short, standing 163, 164 and 161centimeters (5'4",5'4.5" and 5'3.5") respectively.
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The literal translation of Hellmouth, in Dutch, would be Helmond. However, this is the name of an actual town in the Netherlands, so the writers of the subtitles on the Buffy DVDs decided to translate it to Hellemond, which roughly translates to Hell's Mouth.
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During the fourth season intros, one of the flashing scenes at the end shows a Bringer, which doesn't appear until season seven as a regular character. However, the first appearance of the Bringers, and the First Evil, is in season three's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998), hence the appearance of the Bringers in the credits pre-season seven.
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The police crest belonging to the local police department is the same one designed for, and used in, the Police Academy movies and television shows.
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The Summers' Sunnydale address is 1630 Revello Drive.
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Comic book writer Gail Simone (known for her titles "Birds of Prey", "Wonder Woman", and "Red Sonja") was invited to write a season for the series, but was under exclusive contract with DC Comics, and declined. Gail wrote Wonder Woman (2009), while Joss Whedon wrote a script for a live-action film for the character, which fell into development hell (See Wonder Woman (2017)).
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Joss Whedon worked on the short-lived Firefly (2002) between this show's sixth and seventh seasons.
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In several scenes involving the club "The Bronze", copies of books from The Destroyer series by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir can be seen on book racks in the background.
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Though they were credited as executive producers during the entire run of the series, the only involvement in the show on the parts of Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui came from funding and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
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Kristoffer Polaha auditioned for the role of Riley. For his thrill, he would later star alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer (2011), and Emma Caulfield Ford in Life Unexpected (2010).
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Its official comic book continuation "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" spawned comic continuations to other The WB shows from its period, the others being Angel (1999), Charmed (1998) and Smallville (2001).
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Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy in the 1992 film, was not offered to return for the television series.
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There are posters for the band Widespread Panic on walls and noticeboards throughout the series.
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Buffy's full name is "Buffy Anne Summers". This was explained in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne (1998), where Buffy said Anne is her middle name.
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The first season was shot on a budget and they couldn't afford a soundstage so they used a warehouse in Santa Monica, California. They had to use the same hallway over and over again for school scenes because they could only afford to build one and hoped viewers wouldn't notice. The outside of the warehouse was designed to look like the exterior of the Bronze in the hope that they could film seamless outside-to-inside shots of characters entering the Bronze. It ended up being too complicated for lighting reasons and the fact that they always had to shoot the scenes at night.
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Angel was originally conceived as nothing more than a weird guy who occasionally showed up to give Buffy vague advice. There were several ideas for his true identity tossed around, including that he was an actual angel who needed to complete a certain number of good deeds before being allowed back into Heaven, before his being a vampire was decided on literally while writing the episode with the reveal.
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The first time it was planned that Angel would lose his soul, Joss Whedon was doubtful of David Boreanaz being capable of portraying the cruelty of Angelus; however, Whedon would later come to state that Boreanaz scared him in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming: Part 2 (1998). Boreanaz impressed Whedon so much playing Angelus possessed by the spirit of Grace Newman in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I Only Have Eyes for You (1998) that he was given his own show.
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Spike's birth name William Pratt is also the birth name of iconic horror actor Boris Karloff.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicholas Brendon's birthdays are just two days apart, Sarah's on April 14, and Nicholas' on April 12.
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Although Emma Caulfield Ford didn't appear on the show until the third season, she was the first person out of the show to be on the set. As it was used as the Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) set, in which she appeared during 1995-96. This show did not start until 1997.
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At Xander and Anya's wedding, their ceremony location is at the local Bison's Lodge. This is a play on many communities' local Elk's Lodge, which is a real organization. An extra nod to this is the stuffed cow Xander's family member points out: most Elk Lodges have a taxidermied elk mount immediately inside.
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James Marsters only read the scripts for his own scenes, as he was a fan of the show and didn't want to have the rest of the episode spoiled for him.
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It was decided that vampires would turn into dust rather than simply lying staked or dead on the ground because otherwise bodies would be left in scenes. This would prove difficult in battle scenes with bodies strewn everywhere. From a logistical standpoint Buffy would also have to clean up the bodies which would be boring and laborious for both Buffy and viewers.
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The title theme is strongly similar to a section of a German pop song, "Codo" by Deutsch-Österreichisches Feingefühl (DÖF). Nerf Herder, the composers of the theme, have stated that the similarity is coincidental.
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The first volume of the original VHS release included free tattoos.
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Natasha Lyonne reportedly turned down an unspecified role.
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David Boreanaz proved to be quite the prankster onset. He would pull down his pants between takes to make his fellow actors break character and frequently ad-libbed or changed lines to throw them off. Sarah Michelle Gellar would sometimes fight back. The two would eat tuna fish or pickles before kissing to make the scenes as unsexy as possible. She would even pin or sew her costume together to make it hard for him to unbutton or remove.
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After reading the script for her character, Eliza Dushku bought accessories and makeup for Faith at a local Claire's.
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Angel was originally supposed to only appear in the pilot. In fact, the original unaired pilot doesn't feature him at all.
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Whedon discussed with Nicholas Brendon and Sarah Michelle Gellar the idea of Buffy and Xander ending up together at the end of the final season, which the actors reportedly agreed. Gellar has stated she believes Whedon's original intention was "was to put Xander and Buffy together. I really do believe that."
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Sarah Michelle Gellar announced that the seventh season would be the last via an interview with Entertainment Weekly. None her fellow castmates were aware of this. Alyson Hannigan was particularly upset and blamed Gellar for putting her out of a job. It took time and motherhood for them to reconcile.
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In the film, Buffy says she plans to "graduate from school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die." Her television counterpart achieves three out of four.
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Buffy is referred only two times over the course of the series as "Buffy the vampire slayer". The first time is in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne (1998) and the last one in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Help (2002). She's usually referred only as "the Slayer". Glory identifies her as "a vampire Slayer".
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Joss Whedon chose the name Buffy "because It was the name that I could think of that I took the least seriously. There is no way you could hear the name Buffy and think, 'This is an important person.' To juxtapose that with 'Vampire Slayer', just felt like that kind of thing - a B movie. But a B movie that had something more going on. That was my dream." Whedon went on to say that "the network begged me to change the title. I was like, 'You don't understand. It has to be this. This is what it is.' To this day, everyone says, 'Oh, the title kept it from being taken seriously.' I'm like, 'Well, f*** them. It's a B movie, and if you don't love B movies, then I won't let you play in my clubhouse."
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Willow's middle name "Danielle" was given in an early draft of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Girls (1999).
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Jane Espenson opined that Giles and Ethan Rayne may have had some sexual history in their younger days.
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Kristine Sutherland has explained how "People said to me before I knew she was the slayer, 'how can you not know that she's a vampire slayer'. I did all kinds of things that my mother had no idea about. It didn't seem strange at all to me that she didn't know, because I think there's a healthy amount of denial at a certain point. That's important to have as a parent."
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Principal Snyder is named in honor of George Snyder, Joss Whedon's personal assistant at the time.
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Armin Shimerman was doing this show and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) at the same time. He noted his dual roles made his accountant very happy. Line producers on both shows would try to schedule his scenes so he could tape his Deep Space Nine scenes in the morning, then get out of makeup and drive across town to film his Buffy scenes in the afternoon. There were a couple of Deep Space Nine episodes where Quark was heavily featured and it wasn't possible for him to do the Buffy episode that week so Snyder's lines were rewritten as off-camera asides. Shimerman noted that he got fired from both jobs on the same day.
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Amber Benson was normally credited as a guest, despite appearing in more episodes than other regulars like Oz and Riley. This is typical of how contracts are written for the actors - Seth Green and Marc Blucas' contracts specified that, as regular characters, they had to be available whenever they were needed for an episode. In contrast, Benson's contract was on a per-episode basis, like Kristine Sutherland and Eliza Dushku, hence they were not in the main credits.
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Joss Whedon personally described Adam as the series' "most boring Big Bad", a sentiment also taken by some of the fandom.
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Giles car is a mid 70's era Citroen DS.
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Responding to fan complaints of Dawn being whiny throughout Season Six, Joss Whedon said "I scratched my head. I was like, 'Excuse me, she's been abandoned by about six parental figures. The girl has huge issues.'" However, he acknowledged that he and the writers hit "the same note for a while... We needed to make some changes." Likewise, Whedon expressed regret over not being able to go further with Dawn's character during Season 7, though he expressed "You get into a situation that you do like to stand alone [but] 'Dawn Goes on a Date' is not something that people would really sit for."
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The show is famous for Buffyspeak, inspired by California Valley-girl and Joss Whedon's own unique vernacular. Sarah Michelle Gellar constantly stumbled over the phrase and their meanings because she grew up in New York City and wasn't familiar with the slang. In her audition she asked what "sitch" meant for the phrase "What's the sitch?" because she genuinely had no idea it meant "situation".
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The writers picked and chose what they liked of vampire lore. Flying vampires or vampires that turned into bats seemed too difficult to manage so they opted for vampire basics instead: no reflections, have to be invited into homes, must be staked or beheaded, etc.
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The decision to bring Dawn on the show came out of wanting an important, intense emotional relationship for Buffy that wasn't romantic. For several seasons Buffy had been defined by her boyfriends and Joss Whedon wanted a reminder about the importance of family.
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Eliza Dushku refused to do nude scenes on the show because she grew up Mormon. She was also a minor and had to receive emancipation to work the show's long hours. She says that the judge was a fan of the show and signed the order if she could get a signed photo of Dushku.
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In the writers room Joss Whedon would commonly refer to Sarah Michelle Gellar as Jimmy Stewart because he was the greatest American in pain in the history of film and Gellar had to cope with so much pain on the show.
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Michelle Trachtenberg says she was thrust into the role without knowing much about Dawn's personality; she describes her initial meeting with Joss Whedon as "Alright, welcome to the cast, you're a teenager, you're a Key, have fun."
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Joss Whedon originally wanted an actress with a smaller, less voluptuous frame to play Tara, but Marti Noxon saw the vulnerability in Amber Benson's portrayal and called her back after her audition.
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The entire first season was shot before the pilot had even aired, so some of the scenes were re-shot. Buffy's "it's my first day" speech to Giles was actually the last scene filmed, as they decided that Sarah Michelle Gellar's original performance was too aggressive.
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At one point, Joss Whedon wanted Sunnydale to sink into the earth in Season 5. This happened in Season 7 instead.
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Wesley was originally going to be an American Watcher.
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K. Todd Freeman was in the running for the role of Spike before being cast as Mr. Trick.
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Darla was originally supposed to be killed in the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harvest (1997) when Willow hurled holy water at her, but a more interesting plot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel (1997) was needed so they kept her in the show.
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At one point Joss Whedon toyed with the idea of putting vampires in out-of-style clothing, to show they were mentally still stuck in the time they died in, but he soon realized it would be impractical in the long run. Buffy still picks a single vampire out in a crowd due to his outdated fashion sense in one early episode.
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Buffy, as a character, is largely based on Kitty Pryde, a character in the X-Men comic books. Joss Whedon has said: "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. She was an adolescent girl finding out she has great power and dealing with it."
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Sarah Michelle Gellar was unable to attend the wrap party, as she was busy filming Scooby-Doo (2002).
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Willow was not originally supposed to be a redhead; in 2011, Alyson Hannigan stated in an interview that Joss Whedon "had us all over his house. Charisma and Sarah and I all had brown hair at the time. Joss said, 'All of your hair is kind of the same shade. Does anyone want to be red?'. I went for it. Eventually Sarah got more and more blond, but it was because we all had a brownish, auburn mane."[
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Anthony Head was the very first actor to be cast in the series
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Kristine Sutherland drew from her experiences to play Joyce: "My mother was a single mother and struggled with a lot of those same issues that I struggle with as Joyce. For the sense of deep love and connection I draw on my own feelings for my own daughter. In terms of trying to parent an adolescent and my relationship with my mother. I try to figure out those struggles, and try to get into that from her point of view."
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Kristine Sutherland commented on Joyce's role in Season 3: "Now that I know she's a vampire slayer, there's so much to process. I think Joyce is struggling to find her place in Buffy's life. There was a comfort level in the second season, that whatever Buffy was doing, she was on the right track. Finding out she was the vampire slayer just threw things right open, so I really struggled to find out what in her life I can share, and how to manage my sense of fear... It's strange to recognize that your daughter is so different from you, that she's this thing that you don't really understand and in many ways is so powerful, yet is still a kid, Joyce still has to figure out when to look out for her, when she needs it and when she doesn't."
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Armin Shimerman originally auditioned for the role of Principal Flutie, but lost that role to Ken Lerner. He was the longest running principal on the show. When he was hired to play Snyder, Shimerman was told that each principal would get killed after a handful of episodes as a running gag. But it turned out that the creators liked Snyder enough to keep him through the remainder of the high school episodes.
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James Marsters' V/Y-shaped scar on his left eyebrow, which he received during a mugging, was worked into the show; make-up artist Todd McIntosh decided to shave out his eyebrow in order to make it more prominent. He also included the scar on Spike's "vamp face" prosthetic, albeit slightly altered as though the skin has stretched. In Spike's first appearance in the series, the wound still looks fresh, but it gradually blends in over the course of the series, eventually to the point where it is barely visible.
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Faith was designed to fulfill the archetype of a nemesis in the classical sense, serving as the dark mirror to Buffy: similar but opposite to the hero. Marti Noxon described Faith in terms of "the road not taken," a vision of what Buffy might have become if her life's circumstances were different. While developing the character, Marti Noxon took inspiration from Elektra Natchios of Marvel Comics.
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David Fury came up with the name of Dawn which Joss Whedon later approved. It is also the name of Joss' sister in law.
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Darla was supposed to appear in Season 2, making her a key character in the show, but Joss Whedon instead decided to make her have a larger role in Angel (1999).
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Anyanka's appearance while in her vengeance demon form changes in seasons 6 and 7 compared to that in season 3. Her makeup becomes more like that of Halfrek. Instead of veiny and pale, Anyanka's skin is covered in exposed veins with red sores. Additionally, in season 3, Anyanka spoke in a raspy, hoarse voice which was not the case in seasons 6 and 7.
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According to Angel (1999), the Master's makeup took 5 hours to put on.
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Eliza Dushku has no tattoo on her right arm. Faith's painted on.
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Aside from Buffy and Willow, who appeared in every episode in the series, Dawn is the only regular to appear in every episode after her debut.
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The original Buffy, Kristy Swanson, would become an outspoken conservative spokeswoman; who spoke out against Me Too victims and on other causes on Fox News.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During an interview on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Joss Whedon told interviewer David Bianculli that during the first few years Buffy was on the air, he used to frequent internet message boards about the show. On one such board, there was a discussion of what the posters perceived as sexual tension between the characters Buffy and Faith. Whedon posted that he disagreed, that he thought some viewers saw "lesbian subtext behind every corner" and that they just wanted "to see girls kiss." One poster asked Whedon to look at her website, where she had analyzed multiple Faith episodes and systematically laid out the subtext between the two slayers; after that, Whedon returned to the original posting board and apologized, saying that the original posters were absolutely correct about the lesbian subtext between Faith and Buffy.
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Joss Whedon is known to plan his season storylines years in advance. Clues to Dawn's arrival can be found as early as the third season, but she doesn't actually show up until the fifth.
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Angel was supposed to stay dead after the season finale of the second season, but the WB network came to Joss Whedon with the desire for a spin-off series, so Angel was brought back during the third season to set up his spin-off series Angel (1999).
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Joss Whedon toyed with the idea of making Xander (Nicholas Brendon) gay instead of Willow (Alyson Hannigan).
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Shooting season three, Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers) told Joss Whedon she was planning to leave the series. Whedon agreed partially, making her appear only in five episodes on season four, but also said he'd need her on season five, because her character was going to be killed.
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Buffy, Xander, and Willow each have at least one episode where their character is doubled. There are two Willows (regular Willow and Vamp Willow) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland (1999). Buffy appears alongside the Buffy-Bot in several episodes, and Xander is split into two Xanders in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Replacement (2000). In the case of Buffy and Willow, this was accomplished with doubles and optical effects. For Xander's doubling, Nicholas Brendon's identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, played the Xander double.
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The characters of Spike, Oz, Faith, Wesley, and Drusilla were all supposed to be killed off, but have ended up living long past their initial storylines. Also, the characters of Jenny and Joyce were supposed to be killed off sooner than they were.
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After the series ended, Eliza Dushku was offered her own spin-off series as the character Faith. But then she turned it down to do Tru Calling (2003). She would work with Joss Whedon again on Dollhouse (2009).
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Although the television show ended with the season seven finale, the storyline was continued in a forty-issue series of comic books that tell the story of the continued "season eight" The series is published by Dark Horse Comics, and produced by Joss Whedon. Many individual issues have been written by Whedon, or other writers who had worked on the show, including Jane Espenson, Drew Goddard, Drew Z. Greenberg, Steven S. DeKnight, and Doug Petrie. The first issue was released in March 2007 and (as of mid-2009) issues continue to be released. The season eight storyline has Buffy and her friends in charge of a quasi-military worldwide network of Slayers (the "potential" Slayers who were turned into actual Slayers toward the end of the show), with bases in Scotland (run by Xander), England (Giles), Italy (Andrew Wells), and Cleveland, Ohio (Robin Wood). The storyline for all surviving characters continues, with Willow, Xander, and Buffy all dating Slayers for varying lengths of time.
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Apart from the last season, there is always a "Buffy's birthday" episode, always with bad events: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares (1997) in the first one, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) in the second one, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless (1999) in the third, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A New Man (2000) in the fourth, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blood Ties (2001) in the fifth and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Older and Far Away (2002) in the sixth one. In this last episode, Spike suggests Buffy to not celebrate her birthday anymore, and in next season, there's not a Buffy's birthday episode.
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Originally, the third member of the sixth season's nerdly Trio was to be Tucker, villain of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Prom (1999). Plans fell through with that, so the writers replaced him with Andrew, Tucker's younger brother.
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According to Nicholas Brendon, he and Sarah Michelle Gellar proposed a storyline for season seven where Xander and Buffy get together romantically. Their idea was shot down, and they continued with the Buffy and Spike relationship.
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Angel and Willow are the only "good" characters to become the main villains in the show, respectively in the second and sixth seasons.
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The Oz and Veruca (Paige Moss) storyline in season four was supposed to last longer, but had to be cut short, when Seth Green left the series.
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Of the core four - Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles - Xander is the only one not to have taken a human life. Buffy killed Gwendolyn Post via severing her arm, which in turn caused a bolt of lightning to destroy her, Willow skinned, and then incinerated Warren Mars in revenge for his killing Willow's girlfriend Tara McClay, and Giles killed Ben, who was the human prison for the Goddess Glory, by suffocating him.
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Epilogue to some of the characters is given in Angel: The Girl in Question (2004). In that show, it is said that Buffy and Dawn are living in Rome, and Dawn is going to school there in order to learn Italian. This is an in-joke based on Kristine Sutherland, who played Joyce Summers on Buffy. She was largely absent from season four, because she was house-sitting in Italy, partly in order to allow her daughter to go to school there, and learn Italian. Now her character's daughters do the same.
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The character played by Julia Lee, who first appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me (1997) as the self-named "Chanterelle," reappeared under several different names over the runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999). At the start of her next appearance on this show (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne (1998)), she had changed her name to Lily. During that episode, she relates to Buffy one instance about her past, where she had joined a cult that renamed her "Sister Sunshine", and at the end of the episode, Buffy gives her both a job, and her newest sobriquet, "Anne" (Buffy's real middle name). By the time the character first appears on Angel (1999), she has kept "Anne" as her first name, and added the last name "Steele" to it. Although it is never mentioned on-screen, the original teleplay for "Lie to Me", indicated that her original name was Joan (which is also the name that Buffy chooses for herself when she can't remember any autobiographical details in "Tabula Rasa").
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Almost all of the main characters have been demons at one point in the show: Buffy was a vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares (1997), Xander was a vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998), along with Willow, whose vampire self also appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland (1999). Angel and Spike have always been vampires. Cordelia becomes a demon in Angel (1999). Oz is a werewolf. Anya was a demon when she first appeared on the show, and Giles turned into a demon in season four. Riley, Tara, and Dawn are the only main characters who were never demons, although Dawn used to be the Key, up until season five, and Tara's family had her convinced she was one until Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Family (2000).
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Many actors and actresses were able to reappear on the show, despite the fact that their characters were killed off. Among those who reprised their roles, once their characters were killed or murdered, were Mark Metcalf as The Master, Robia Scott who appeared several times after the character of Jenny was killed, Azura Skye, Danny Strong, Lindsay Crouse, and Kristine Sutherland. Darla (Julie Benz) was killed during the first season, yet not only did the character appear in flashbacks, but she was also later resurrected from death, on Angel (1999).
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For season seven, between Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bring on the Night (2002), when it appears that Giles was killed by a Bringer, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Killer in Me (2003) when the gang suspects Giles of being The First, and finding out that he isn't, Giles does not touch anyone, leading the viewer to also suspect that he might be The First.
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The first appearance of the First Evil (big bad at the end of season seven) is actually in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998).
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, who strongly believes Buffy and Angel are meant to be together, would sometimes get emotional on-set in their characters "farewell" screen moments, before David Boreanaz would star on Angel (1999). She also reportedly believes Joss Whedon's original intention was to have Buffy in love with Xander instead.
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Throughout the series, every character that owns the "Magic Box" shop, ended up brutally murdered, usually by a vampire. An unnamed clerk in the second season, a female unnamed clerk in the third one, Mr. Bogarty in season five, Anya Jenkins in the final season (slashed by one of the Bringers, minions of the First Evil), and at last, Giles (killed by a possessed Angel) in the season eight comic book.
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All of the main trio (Buffy, Xander, and Willow) had relationships with other Vampire Slayers throughout the series. Willow started dating Kennedy (Iyari Limon) in the seventh season, Xander lost his virginity to Faith (Eliza Dushku) in season three, and dated a Slayer named Renee in the season eight comics, where Buffy had a sexual encounter with Satsu, a Japanese Slayer.
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It is a widespread misconception among viewers that the character of Angel can't have sex without losing his soul. In fact, this was never stated on either show. Although he did lose his soul after having sex with Buffy for the first time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998)), the curse that caused that stated only that he would lose his soul when he experienced "a moment of perfect happiness," something that not every sexual encounter affords him. For example, he kept his soul after having sex with Darla in season two of Angel (1999), because the encounter did not make him feel happy. On the spin-off, Angel went on to have sexual relationships with other women (Nina and Eve) without losing his soul after either encounter.
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The expiration date on Joyce's credit card, which is May 2001 in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Who Are You? (2000), foreshadowed Buffy's death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001), which was broadcast on May 22, 2001.
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The only characters to die of natural causes are Joyce and Cassandra Newton in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Help (2002).
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While speaking at the Wizard World Chicago Convention in August 2004, Joss Whedon claimed that he had planned to bring Tara back from the dead at the end of season seven. According to Whedon, the episode would have centered around Buffy being granted one "life-altering" wish. Buffy would have spent the whole episode trying to decide what she wanted to do with the wish (including, possibly, restoring Angel's humanity). The episode would have ended with Buffy telling Willow that she'd just gotten a great new pair of shoes, and when Willow asked her if she used up her wish on new shoes, Buffy would have said, "No, silly!" and stepped aside to reveal Tara. It was intended to be set exactly a year after her death. However, this plan was abandoned when Amber Benson was unavailable for filming. At the 2007 Comic-Con, he referred to this idea as well.
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