Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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Corrected entry: In the first season, Giles tells everyone that for a vampire to make another vampire, the victim must drink the vamp blood too. Throughout the whole show we see vamps constantly killing people by draining them and dumping them, only for the victim to come back later as a vamp themselves, without feeding from their killer at all.

Correction: The show's mythology is consistent on the point that for a human to be turned into a vampire they must drink blood from the vampire, as well as being fed on. This is not contradicted in any season of Buffy or Angel. We may not always see this part of the process, but that doesn't mean it has not taken place.

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Corrected entry: There are three actors who have the rare accolade of having appeared in the three Mutant Enemy shows: Buffy, Angel and Firefly. They are Jonathan M. Woodward who played the vampire Holden Webster in the Buffy episode 'Conversations With Dead People', Carlos Jacott who played Ken in 'Anne' and Andy Umberger who plays recurring vengeance patron D'Hoffryn.

Correction: This is hardly a "rare accolade". Show creators and directors will regularly use the same actors in different productions, people who they know well and can rely on. It's a common-place phenomenon in the media. It would, frankly, be more of a surprise if there were no actors who appeared in all three shows.

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Corrected entry: I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but Buffy's kitchen door changes the side it's opened from across the show.

Correction: With the amount of damage done in that house during Buffy's various fights, it's not unreasonable to think that the door has been removed and re-hung at least once.

pinkwafer

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Corrected entry: The location of a vampire's heart seems to migrate quite a bit across the show. We can see vamps staked in the center of the chest, on the left side, at the base of the sternum, and even (quite shallowly) in the back. Yet in Graduation Day, Pt. 1, we see that Angel's heart is very strictly defined by Faith's very accurate placement of an arrow in the left of his chest.

Phoenix

Correction: Likely, it's enough for the heart to make contact at all with the wood. At one point, Riley pierces Spike's heart with a synthetic stake merely to torture him, so there may be a mystical heart/wood association that means that grazing the heart is sufficient.

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Corrected entry: How does Angel maintain an apartment in the first two seasons, complete with furnishings and a few antiquities? He has no job of which we are aware, so no source of income. He was living on the streets when he came to Los Angeles, so he would have had very few possessions (certainly no relics from his global travels). And with a soul, he wouldn't have hurt or killed anyone to acquire money, possessions, or the apartment.

Correction: There are many possible explanations which render this mistake invalid. For an example: The owner of the building may be aware of the types of baddies Buffy fights. Perhaps Angel offered the landlord protection against such foes in exchange for a place to live. As for his possessions, I've no doubt he had them stashed somewhere, perhaps in various crypts here and there.

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Corrected entry: During Season 2 we see that after Angelus has killed Drusilla, but before she has risen, he is cursed. However in later seasons it is shown that the two of them, as well as Darla and Spike, wreak havoc all across Europe, so somehow the time line was changed just to further a storyline.

troy fox

Correction: Angel is cursed well after Drusilla and Spike are made into vampires. The woman Angel is shown killing right before he gets cursed is a gypsy, not Drusilla.

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Corrected entry: Once a human has been bitten by a vampire, it seems that the time it takes to change into a vampire is very aleatory. Most of the time, it happens once buried, but other times (like episode "Helpless") it's only a few minutes/hours later, and some other times, it's even a few days later.

Correction: Since the transformation requires that the victim drink the blood of the vampire, the time of transformation could be relative to the amount of blood taken from the vampire. Since we never actually are told how much blood or exactly how much time it would be hard to know exactly.

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Corrected entry: In season 2, 'School Hard', Spike tells Buffy that the last Slayer he killed begged for her life. In season 5, 'Fool For Love', we see Nikki's death, and she doesn't say a word to him from the start of the fight to her death.

Shay

Correction: Spike was just trying to scare Buffy; he needn't have been telling the truth.

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Corrected entry: The hole in Anthony Stewart Head's left earlobe is frequently visible throughout the show, but an earring would be totally out of character for Giles - even if he had gotten one during his rebellion in his 20s, it would be almost entirely healed over by the time we see him in Sunnydale, whereas the hole is obviously in regular use.

Shay

Correction: Nope. Plenty of people have piercings that never close up, period. I have several family members with piercings from over 15 years ago that never closed up at all.

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Corrected entry: Katie Holmes was originally asked to play Buffy, but turned down the part. Sarah Michelle Gellar audtioned for Cordellia and Charisma Carpenter (Cordellia) auditioned for Buffy. After Sarah Michelle Gellar was turned down the part for Cordellia, she auditioned 4 times for Buffy before landing the part.

Correction: If you watch the interviews with Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar actually DID get the part of Cordelia, and she asked to try out for Buffy. The network was hesitating, but she finally talked them into it.

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Corrected entry: It has been stated that Joss mentioned Buffy burning down her old school's Gym even though it was never shown in the movie of BtVS to have proper continuity with the original script. But one thing he seemed to totally neglect from the original story is that Buffy gets "cramps" when a Vampire is near. This served as a warning for movie Buffy but TV show Buffy could walk right past one and not feel anything. It seems the only reason this decision was made is to make it easier to get into danger and have more exciting shows.

troy fox

Correction: It's mentioned in Welcome to the Hellmouth that there is a method Slayers can use to detect vampires in the area, but it apparently takes training and discipline that Buffy simply doesn't devote to it. Even Kendra, the ideal Slayer who completes all her studies, hasn't mastered this skill. Also in the movie: vampires don't turn to dust, can fly, need to be invited into any building whatsoever, and Buffy was a senior. Clearly they're not meant to be totally contiguous.

Phoenix

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Corrected entry: In the very first episode, Cordelia describes Sunnydale as being a very small town. Well, for a small Californian town, it grows at a spectacular rate. Since then, we have seen the town magically develop two universities, another high school, docks, a beach, a zoo, a funfair, an army base, bus depot, train station, airport, 43 churches and a miniature golf course, which earlier on, Willow makes a point of saying doesn't exist in Sunnydale. Now that's what I call urban development.

Correction: It was never said that the docks and beach are located in Sunnydale. When the town in sucked into the hellmouth at the end of Season 7, the wide view of what used to be the town doesn't show a neighboring body of water. The docks and beach could have been one town over. As for the army base, many small towns are built around bases. Its not uncommon for small towns have more than one high school, a miniature golf course, a mini amusement park, and an airport. And they explained the high number of churches as a result of being on a hellmouth.

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Corrected entry: It has always troubled me that no-one ever thinks to try using a gun on the demons. The Rocket Launcher worked on The Judge in Series 2, so why not just try a gun? Especially on people like Caleb, who appears to be human, why waste two potential slayers on trying to fight him when you could just shoot him? Or at least see if it worked.

Correction: The rocket launcher didn't actually kill The Judge, if you remember the whole "No weapon forged" speech, what it did was separate his limbs and keep them separate so that he wasn't animate. Most demons have to be killed along the same line as vamps, stake, fire, beheading. Caleb is practically super-human, and as we have seen in Season six when Buffy was shot, unless you get the heart you aren't going to kill someone who is stronger then the average human. Also, the whole point of having the Potentials fight is to train them to what it is really like to be the Slayer, so guns do not come into it.

troy fox

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Corrected entry: Why do vampires take different amounts of time to turn to dust? Generic vampires disintigrate instantly, while vampires that play a larger role in the episode usually take from 4-5 seconds to die.

Correction: The older a Vampire is the stronger the demon gets, so a vamp who is 200 years old can stay "alive" for the few seconds, where as Vamps who are freshly risen are weak so usually dust almost right away.

troy fox

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Corrected entry: Faith's little rhyme from Graduation Day Part 2 "Little Miss Muffet counting down from one, three, oh" actually refers to Dawn's arrival. One and three are odd numbers, and the next in the sequence is five, which was Dawn's first season. Also, in the season 5 episode Real Me, the crazy guy says to Dawn "Curds and whey" outside the Magic Box, and that's part of the next line to the Little Miss Muffet rhyme.

Correction: Faith does not say "counting down from one, three, oh," she actually says "counting down from seven, three, oh" which is meant to be the number of days in two years (365x2). Two years later (Season 5's The Gift), is where Buffy dies to save Dawn and the world.

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Corrected entry: Starting with Season 2, Buffy's Birthday falls on the 13th episode of each season.

Correction: In seasons 3 and 4, Buffy's birthday is episode 12. Season 6, it's episode 14, and in season 7, I don't believe they celebrate her birthday at all.

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Corrected entry: Buffy died in the first season (but comes back to life of course) and Kendra gets called to take her place technically becoming the chosen one. When Kendra dies, Faith come into the picture and becomes the chosen one. So in fact there are two chosen slayers now, Buffy and Faith. But in the last season the First are out only to get Buffy. They should be going after Faith as well seeing that both Faith and Buffy are the chosen slayers at this point.

Correction: They did try to kill Faith - in the Angel episode 'Salvage' Faith is attacked by an assassin working for the First. She and Willow even discuss it at the start of the Buffy episode 'Dirty Girls'.

Shay

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Corrected entry: In the season 5 episode 'Fool For Love' Spike tells Buffy that Nikki Wood gave up because she had no ties to the world, but we later find out that she had a son, which seems like a pretty strong tie. There's no question of Spike not knowing about him; in the episode 'Lies My Parents Told Me' Spike sees him while fighting Nikki.

Shay

Correction: Spike correctly explains to Robin Wood that his mother didn't love him "enough to quit." Robin had such grief over his mother because he too realized that she did not consider him a "tie to the world."

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Corrected entry: In season 7, it is often said that for one of the potentials to be activated, Buffy will have to die. However technically, Buffy is not carrying on the slayer line - Faith is as Buffy gave this up at the end of season 1 when she died. Even if it is possible for her to still carry on the slayer line, how come another slayer wasn't activated when Buffy died for Dawn in the season 5 finale "The Gift"?

Correction: Joss Whedon explained this one himself in an interview. He explained that when Buffy died the first time that triggered Kendra (and after Kendra died, this triggered Faith). Joss explained that the triggering ability only works once for each slayer so Buffy's second death would not call another slayer whereas Faith's death would.

Bruce

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Corrected entry: How does Angel smoke? He tells Xander "I don't have any breath" in "Prophecy Girl" as his reason for not giving Buffy mouth to mouth. The same goes for Spike.

Correction: The general consensus is that while vampires don't need to breathe, they can to some degree (to speak or to say smoke), but have difficulty exhaling (to say give mouth to mouth.)

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Corrected entry: At the end of Season 5, Buffy died. She was still dead into Season 6, before Willow raised her. Spike says she was dead 147 days. When one slayer dies, another takes her place (i.e., Kendra). The slayer's death does not have to be reported to anyone (example: the Council), as when Buffy died the first time and Xander gave her mouth-to-mouth to bring her back (she was only dead for a few minutes). A few episodes later - voila, Kendra. So, where was the new slayer after Buffy died at the end of Season 5?

Bruce

Correction: Joss Whedon explained this one himself in an interview. He explained that when Buffy died the first time that triggered Kendra (and after Kendra died, this triggered Faith). Joss explained that the triggering ability only works once for each slayer so Buffy's second death would not call another slayer whereas Faith's death would.

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Corrected entry: During season 1 it is mentioned a few times that if the Master rises the Hellmouth will open, since his being trapped in it has jammed it up. In 'The Wish' we see what Sunnydale would have been like if Buffy hadn't gone there and he had risen, so why didn't the Hellmouth open?

Shay

Correction: After Anya has made Cordelia's wish come true and all have entered an alternate dimension, there is no reason to believe that what was held true in one dimension also holds true in another. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable for the Master to be footloose and fancy free in an alternate dimension, and never confined.

Bruce

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Corrected entry: If Angel presumably had an invition into Giles' apartment (to leave Jenny's body) why did he need to be reinvited again in "Amends"? Giles never had that un-invitation spell done, he doesn't have any herbs or crosses by his doorframe.

Correction: When Giles returns home in Passion he's about to do the un-invitation spell, so he probably did it some time after that. The crosses might not be a completely necessary part of the spell - when the spell is done at Buffy's house in season 5 there are no crosses used.

Shay

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Corrected entry: In 'The Prom' Angel says he never drinks coffee. In season 2 we were told that (sometime between the episodes 'Reptile Boy' and 'Halloween') Angel and Buffy went out for coffee.

Shay

Correction: This doesn't necessarily mean that he drank any coffee - it's just a general expression.

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Corrected entry: In the Season 7 episode 'Selfless' we are told that Anyanka was known as Aud back when she turned Olaf into a troll and had him imprisoned in the purple crystal, and that she only adopted the name Anyanka when D'Hoffryn made her a demon. But back in the Season 5 episode 'Triangle', when Olaf was released he refered to Aud as Anya straight away. He wouldn't have known about her name change.

Correction: First an error in the error. Aud/Anya did not trap Olaf in the crystal. Olaf says in Triangle "I adjusted. And then what happened? Witches. Filthy, dirty, disgusting witches. They trapped me. I was imprisoned in that crystal for centuries. Ohh, a curse on all witches. All must die." Aud turned Olaf in to a troll in 880, over a thousand years ago, and became Anyanka immediately after. Since Olaf had time to "adjust" to being a troll, it was most likely awhile before the witches entrapped him. Possibly even several hundred years. It is conceivable that in that time he ran into the new Anyanka or at least heard of what she was up to.

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Corrected entry: In Series 7 Episode 14, it is indicated several times that Principal Wood is over 30 - Xander says he's 10 years older than Buffy, Wood refers to events 'back in his 20s', but Wood also says he was 4 when his mother died. In Season 5, the episode 'Fool For Love' we are told Nikki, his mother, died in 1980. This would make him only 26/27, not into his 30s.

Correction: Wood is actualy 30, both in fool for love and lies my parents told me the subtiles show the year 1977, not 1980.

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Spike: You listen to me. [Kneels in front of her.] I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face.] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you, " it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.
Buffy: [Quietly.] I don't wanna be the one.

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Willow is turned into a ghost. Throughout the entire episode, she can't touch anything (can't turn the pages of a book, etc.), yet towards the end when she and Giles go to Ethan's shop, and she leaves, you can hear that she opened and closed the door, even though she can walk through walls and can't actually touch the door. The curtain moves when she leaves too.

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In addition to singing "Rest in Peace," James Marsters also played the song's guitar track.

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