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Any show with a badass woman will probably have a gay following. Especially if it has lesbian witches and hot vampires.

But this particular show has plenty of gay themes. Obvious story lines or subtext. The subtext is kinda obvious too with bidding being a slayer from her mom until she „came out“ to her, Buffy’s mom Joyce’s reaction

Later in the series, Willow would get a girlfriend in college named Tara

Since this was a tv gay relationship in the late 90s, alot of their relationship was not shown or their magic was a metaphor. *Fun fact Buffy had the first serious lesbian kiss scene on tv*.

In the episode titled Family (Season 5 Episode 6) Tara’s family comes to take her back home because of the demon in here. The demon in her is bull shit family legend but the story of her family is something alot of queer people can relate to

Your family thinks there is „a demon in you“ and they want to help you. So you have to leave them behind and be with your chosen family, the group of friends that love the real you and know there isn’t anything wrong with you.

SEASON 3

On Ascension Day, Buffy and her friends prepare for the ultimate battle as they face off against the mayor and a horde of vampires.

In an effort to distract Buffy from the Ascension, the mayor instructs Faith to poison Angel.

After Angel breaks off their relationship, Buffy single-handedly battles three fearsome hell hounds so that her classmates can enjoy their senior prom.

The Mayor takes Willow prisoner after Buffy and her friends steal away a box containing demonic energy needed for Ascension Day.

Buffy fears she will descend into madness after she acquires the ability to read minds.

Faith uses a shaman’s powers to take away Angel’s soul.

While casting a magic spell, Anya and Willow accidentally summon Willow’s evil double from an alternate universe.

A homicide detective closes in on Buffy and Faith as he investigates the deputy mayor’s death.

Faith convinces Buffy to live on the wild side, with fatal consequences.

Xander experiences an adventure of his own when he encounters a group of reanimated corpses out to construct a bomb. Meanwhile, Buffy and her friends battle the forces of evil when the Hellmouth reopens.

As her birthday approaches, Buffy loses her slayer powers and must do battle with a vampire who is not only extremely powerful but also quite mad.

After discovering the corpses of two young children bearing a symbol linked to the occult, Joyce spearheads a campaign to rid Sunnydale of witches.

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.

Cordelia’s wish for a Buffy-free Sunnydale comes true, plunging her into a world where vampires have control of the town.

Spike returns to Sunnydale and kidnaps Willow in hopes of creating a magic spell that will make Drusilla love him again.

With some help from Faith’s new watcher, Buffy seeks to destroy a weapon-like glove before it falls into the hands of a demon.

Adults throughout Sunnydale behave like immature teenagers after they eat cursed candy.

As Buffy and Cordelia vie for Homecoming Queen, a group of killers gathers to participate in SlayerFest ’98.

Oz becomes the prime suspect when a series of animal-like attacks occurs in Sunnydale.

A charismatic Slayer visits Sunnydale and wins over many of Buffy’s friends. Meanwhile, two powerful vampires plot an attack.

A Nigerian mask reanimates the dead, forcing Buffy to battle a horde of zombies.

Buffy — living on her own in a big city — assists a girl whose boyfriend has mysteriously vanished. Back in Sunnydale, Buffy’s friends do their best to battle the forces of evil.

SEASON 3

SEASON 2

Spike strikes an unlikely alliance with Buffy to keep Angel from destroying the world.

Angel plots to revive an ancient demon bent of sweeping everything on earth into hell itself.

When several members of the Sunnydale High swim team are mysteriously skinned alive, Buffy and the gang take it upon themselves to protect the remaining members, which results in Xander revealing a side of himself rarely seen.

Sunnydale High School is haunted by the ghosts of a former student and teacher who reenact their tragic romance through the bodies of the school’s current inhabitants.

While hospitalized with a severe case of the flu, Buffy battles a demon that sucks the life out of sick children.

Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends as Jenny searches for a way to restore his soul.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Xander tries to improve his love life through witchcraft and finds himself with too much of a good thing.

Buffy and her friends discover secrets about themselves as they battle a werewolf, its hunter, and their own emotions.

Buffy and her friends battle the judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

To give Buffy a surprise on her 17th birthday, Drusilla and Spike bring together the body parts of a dismembered demon who cannot be killed.

Buffy and her friends encounter even more trouble than expected when the eggs they are given in health class turn out to be prehistoric parasites that take over their lives.

Buffy’s mother brings home Ted, her new boyfriend, who is not what he seems.

Buffy joins forces with another Slayer in hopes of saving Angel from the clutches of Spike and Drusilla.

Spike brings in three professional bounty hunters to eliminate Buffy while she ponders on what her profession might be if her fate wasn’t already sealed.

Giles’s past comes back to haunt him as a demon he and Ethan Rayne summoned in their wild youth seeks them out in Sunnydale.

Buffy is lured into a trap by a group of undead wannabes who hope that Spike will make them vampires in exchange for giving him the Slayer.

On Halloween, Buffy and her friends patronize an unusual costume shop where customers turn into whatever costume they are wearing.

Buffy and Cordelia attend a frat party where they are offered as human sacrifices to a reptile-like creature.

A beautiful Inca princess who was buried alive in a tomb 500 years ago is brought back to life.

Buffy’s mother and friends becomes trapped inside Sunnydale High School when a vampire named Spike launches an attack against the Slayer.

Two science club nerds use body parts to create the "perfect girlfriend" for a teenager who has been brought back from the dead.

Buffy returns from summer vacation sporting an attitude and suffers from recurring nightmares involving the Master. Meanwhile, the Anointed One and his followers plot their revenge.

SEASON 2

‘Girls Who Like Girls’

She went home that night and asked her mother why girls who kissed girls were bad. Her mother gave a laundry list: no one likes them, they get abused, et cetera.

Willow thought that over. She liked herself just fine, so it couldn’t be true that no one liked her. And Buffy liked her, if not in a kissing way, and Xander liked her, with the same footnote. Giles liked her, and Miss Calendar liked her. Lots of people liked her. And abuse wasn’t the fault of the abusee. So the girls who liked girls weren’t bad themselves; other people were bad. Therefore, there was nothing wrong with liking girls. Just something wrong with being a bad person.

When did you start watching “Buffy”? I started watching “Buffy” last May, which sounds ridiculous, since I’ve become such a big fan since.

Why did you start writing fan fiction? My first ever was for “Harry Potter”; it was sort of a Voldemort back story. Since I was 13, it was utterly terrible. Now I write fan fiction both out of a desire to expand on fictional worlds and out of a desire to correct fictional worlds, in a sense. For example, I didn’t like some parts of Seasons 6 and 7 of “Buffy,” so I wrote a few pieces where Seasons 6 and 7 went the way I wanted.

What prompted you to write this piece? In Season 4 of “Buffy,” Willow, a character who has previously only demonstrated interest in boys, falls in love with a girl. I love that arc, but I wanted to explore whether Willow had been attracted to girls before then. In my mind, the way that this would be demonstrated would be through a high school crush on Buffy. I wanted to write about a young Willow discovering who she was. One of the best things about fan fiction is that, since a lot of writers are LGBT+, it can have really good representation of what it is to be LGBT+ that is hard to find in other places. This is part of my contribution to that.

‘Girls Who Like Girls’

History

It premiered on the WB network in March 1997, although an unaired pilot was created before that. The first season ran for 12 episodes; it was a marginal success for the fledgling network and was brought back for a second season beginning in September 1997. It ran for five seasons on the WB before moving to another small startup network, UPN, for its final two seasons. Star Sarah Michelle Gellar was eager to move on from the show, and after some controversial developments and character arcs, ratings had deteriorated.

After the third season of Buffy, in 1998, one of the series‘ primary characters, vampire-with-a-soul boyfriend-of-Buffy Angelhis own series on the WB.

Buffy is considered by many critics and viewers to be one of the best television series ever made. It combined horror, fantasy, drama, humor, teen angst, and action in a way no other series ever had. Buffy Summers was created as a sort of anti-archetype by Whedon; the small, seemingly defenseless blond girl who turns out to have enormous power—and enormous responsibility. The initial seasons began with a prologue that included information about what a Vampire Slayer was: „Into each generation, a Slayer is born. One girl, in all the world, a chosen one. One born with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires, to stop the spread of evil…“ to which Buffy responds, in the first episode, with: „.. blah, I’ve heard it, okay?“ This was typical of the way the series skewered even its own seriousness. Most of the time, Buffy simply wanted to be a regular American teenage girl, like her friends Xander Harris and Willow Rosenberg, and not the one carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. In the season finale of the first series, she even rejects her calling when she finds out a prophecy predicts she’ll die that night, weeping that she never wanted to be the Slayer, and that she was „only sixteen“ and too young to die. Nevertheless, like all true heroes, Buffy does do her job.

The series continues officially in the „season“ed comic book adaptations, starting with Season 8, as well as the one-shots Tales of the Vampires and Tales of the Slayers. It also has been continued in virtual seasons through a number of fanfic projectsFray, a graphic novel published in 2001-2003, concurrent with seasons five, six, and seven of the television show, is also part of the canon.

Merchandising products associated with the show and with Angel include a large number of episode adaptations, novels and short story collections (generally considered not to be canon), many non-canon comics, script books and other factual material such as guides to the monsters, collectible figures and other toys, board games, computer games and a tabletop role playing game.

History

12 BUFFY HAS BAD TASTE IN MEN

To this day, fans like to joke about Buffy’s boyfriends. And let’s face it: it’s easy to look at human garbage fires like Parker Abrams or Scott Hope and instantly see that these guys are losers. Overall, though, Buffy has had an impressive list of beaus!

And Angel and Spike each have a tortured past and gray morality, but they each become champions of the innocent and heroes in their own right. If your ex prevented the apocalypse once every year or so, that would have to count for something, right?

9 THE SHOW WAS DIVERSE

Buffy as a show gets a lot of brownie points for being progressive. After all, it was an outspoken feminist show, it featured prominent gay characters, and so on. Because of these progressive qualities, many fans think the show was pretty diverse. However, these fans are dead wrong!

As the vampire Mr. Trick said about Sunnydale, this show is mostly a “Caucasian occasion.” The entire main cast are white characters with similar backgrounds, and early attempts to add characters of color ended awkwardly (such as the murder of Kendra in season two). We finally got a compelling character of color with Principal Woods, but this was too little and too late for our taste. As it turns out, Buffy was about as diverse as a shopping cart filled with vanilla ice cream.

7 WILLOW IS BISEXUAL

One aspect of Buffy that often confuses fans is Willow’s sexuality. While she had a relationship with Tara and Kennedy, she had previous relationships with Oz and (briefly) Xander. This has led many fans to assume that Willow is bisexual. However, the character is gay, although that distinction has annoyed many fans who insist she must be bisexual. However, Willow frequently refers to herself as gay and jokes about no longer being attracted to men.

In hindsight, it looks like this was a choice Whedon made so the character could become a gay icon during a time when much of the public didn’t really understand bisexuality (and might have dismissed her intense feelings for Tara as being just a temporary phase). Nonetheless, our favorite witch is canonically gay and not bisexual.

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I was hooked: there were hot men; a strong female lead I would go on to spend my adolescence quoting, aspiring to, and dressing like; phallic objects that would penetrate the hearts of vampires and demons; and deep sexual and emotional tensions between good and evil, tensions which constantly asked you to reevaluate your preconceived notions of the line between right and wrong, power and weakness.

In the years that followed I spent all of my pocket money on Buffy boxsets. Joss Whedon had created a show which put the power to save the world into the hands of the outsiders: to the lesbian couple, the ex-Vengeance demon, two hot vampires with a soul, the popular cheerleader turned Chosen One, and Xander. Dominant and oppressive forces in real life were represented by each episode’s enemy, an overarching ‘Big Bad’, and the Scooby Gang, who time and time again defeated the oppressor by fighting it.

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Later, I would come to realise the significance of being gay, or queer as I now define and being a fighter were inherently linked. Once I came out, I found that what I had learned from Buffy and friends was the importance of speaking out and standing up against the Big Bads who would try to destroy you. I learned that from your perceived societal weakness you could draw the most strength.

I always knew I liked boys, I eventually knew how to name it as ‘gay’. But, in all earnest, it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that taught me how to be a gay person: how to love my difference, how to love other people’s, and how to take this difference and use it to be powerful, to be political, to be outspoken, trying your hardest to fight for what’s right.

Just before she dies at the end of Season Five, Buffy relays a message to her sister: “The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave, live, for me!” That’s exactly what I did, and that’s exactly what so many LGBTQIA+ people do every day.

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At nine years old I realised that I was gay; it was the heartbreaking moment when I acknowledged that I would be set for a lifetime on the outside.

I’d spent two years denying it to myself, deeply ashamed of my attraction to men, of my want to take up jazz dance, of my love for women’s clothes and makeup. I wished every day that I could just turn it off, and would pray to a God I didn’t believe in so that he might use his powers to make be ‘normal’.

That same year I purchased my first VHS boxset in Woolworths, Morecambe. It was , Season One, and it cost £8. Little did I know, but when I arrived home on that Tuesday, I pressed play on a show that would irrevocably change my life.

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It’s the first TV show I can remember that foregrounded the efforts of people who collectively worked tirelessly for what they believe in, for what they knew was right and saw them actually win. And never would you catch a friend betraying a friend, or somebody sacrificing their morals for the offer of an easier, more successful path.

This group of late-teens were an onscreen representation of activists who organised, communicated, drew on each other’s strengths and supported each other’s weaknesses, in order to solve potentially world-ending challenges.

As a struggling, nine year old gender-confused gay person I was being energised by the message that through love, support, and communication you could overcome, and stay safe from, the imminent dangers of the outside world, especially if you were lucky enough to find a Scooby gang of your own.

Before coming out I resonated with Buffy because a huge facet of her character—being the Slayer—was about hiding, and keeping a secret that nobody could know. I felt like we reciprocally understood each other by way of keeping this thing that makes us both so powerful and so special hidden.

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Yearning for a normal life, Buffy agrees to a date with Owen. Giles discovers a prophecy of coming danger, but she chooses Owen over battling evil. When Giles goes out on his own and is trapped by a group of vampires, Buffy must figure out a way to balance dating and Slaying. Written by Alex

6. DAVID BOREANAZ WAS DISCOVERED BY THE CASTING DIRECTOR’S FRIEND.

Whedon, the network, and the casting director saw a number of guys read for Buffy’s eventual boyfriend (and vampire!) Angel before David Boreanaz auditioned. “The breakdown said the most gorgeous, mysterious, fantastic, the most incredible man on the face of the earth,” Shulman said. “I think I saw every guy in town. It was the day before shooting, and a friend of mine and called me and said to me ‘You know, there’s this guy that lives on my street who walks his dog every day and I don’t know what he does but he has all the things you’re describing.’ And the minute he walked in the room, I wrote down on my notes: This is the guy.”

Still, despite the fact that Boreanaz gave “very good read,” Whedon wasn’t sold on him. “He wasn’t exactly my type,” he said. “I wasn’t sure we necessarily had the guy here until I asked the women in the room, who had turned into puddles the moment he walked in. I had to defer to them—they seemed to know better than me, and thank god I did, because David turned into a great star and a very solid actor.”

6. DAVID BOREANAZ WAS DISCOVERED BY THE CASTING DIRECTOR’S FRIEND.

Whedon, the network, and the casting director saw a number of guys read for Buffy’s eventual boyfriend (and vampire!) Angel before David Boreanaz auditioned. “The breakdown said the most gorgeous, mysterious, fantastic, the most incredible man on the face of the earth,” Shulman said. “I think I saw every guy in town. It was the day before shooting, and a friend of mine and called me and said to me ‘You know, there’s this guy that lives on my street who walks his dog every day and I don’t know what he does but he has all the things you’re describing.’ And the minute he walked in the room, I wrote down on my notes: This is the guy.”

Still, despite the fact that Boreanaz gave “very good read,” Whedon wasn’t sold on him. “He wasn’t exactly my type,” he said. “I wasn’t sure we necessarily had the guy here until I asked the women in the room, who had turned into puddles the moment he walked in. I had to defer to them—they seemed to know better than me, and thank god I did, because David turned into a great star and a very solid actor.”

24. GELLAR KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN SEASON FIVE WELL IN ADVANCE.

Several moments in the final episode of season three foreshadowed two major events in season five: Namely, that Buffy would get a sister (Dawn, played by Michelle Trachtenberg) and that the slayer would die at the end of season five. „I’ve actually known the [plot of the] entire last season for about three years,“ she told the BBC. „There was a dream sequence that Buffy had with Faith. Faith had a riddle, and it was something like ‚Little Miss Muffet, sitting on her tuffet,‘ counting down from whatever the numbers were, and I went to Joss to ask what it meant. That’s when he explained to me that I was going to have a sister, that Dawn, the character of Dawn, would be coming on the show. I think that’s exactly when I became aware also of what the future plans were.“

Why manufacture a sister out of thin air? „Part of the mission statement was, let’s have a really important, intense emotional relationship for Buffy that is not a boyfriend,“ he told Salon. „Because let’s not have her be defined by her boyfriend every time out of the bat. So, Season 5, she’s as intense as she was in Season 2 with Angelus, but it’s about her sister. To me that was really beautiful.“

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its a slow was never an episode where willow wasjust kinda ‚I’m gay‘ but the episode where she comes out to Buffyis season 4 episode 19 „New Moon Rising“

the first episode you see Tara, which may be the episode wherewillow „goes gay“ is season 4 episode 10 „Hush“

you don’t see willow’s first gay kiss, however, until season 5episode 16 „The Body“