Many fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were heartbroken to see the Buffyverse come to a conclusion at the end of season 7. We thought that the series finale would be the final time that any of us would see the Scooby Gang in action, but Joss Whedon, thankfully, had other plans for his beloved series. In 2007, he decided to launch a comic continuation of his Buffyverse that would bring his critically acclaimed characters to comic book shelves near all of us in brand new adventures. To this very day, the comic book continuation continues. In over a decade long run of the comic book continuation, we have seen Buffy reach an 11th season, the spin-off series Angel continues in the title character's own series continuation, Spike got the spin-off series we all desperately wanted years ago, and most recently, Giles got his own spin off comic book series where he's back in high school as a student (long story).
Now, as Whedon prepares to pen a 12th season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we are meant to reflect on all of the issues we have collected from the Buffyverse thus far, and in retrospect, we have seen plenty of wild moments happen across each panel. Moments that led us to shock, awe, and shed as many tears as we did back when we were watching the show on television. For our readers who may not have had a chance yet to check out these comics, here is a list compiling all of the craziest moments that y'all missed out on.
20 BUFFY MEETS ILLYRIA
During the original live action run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Buffy characters often appeared on Angel, but we rarely (if ever) saw Angel characters cross over onto Buffy. That would change in the comic book continuation when Buffy is transported to the Magic Council by none other than Illyria, who forces the Slayer to join the Council.
From there, the two form a reluctant alliance to take on the season's Big Bad, Severin. This alliance persisted until Illyria is forced to sacrifice herself in order to form and restore a new Seed of Wonder to the earth.
19 XANDER BETRAYS THE SCOOBIES
Xander was always portrayed as one of the more loyal members of the Scooby Gang, but that loyalty was challenged in season 9 in the wake of the destruction of the Seed of Wonder. Out of anger, he started blaming Buffy for all of the horrible things that had been happening lately -- Giles's passing, Dawn's coma, the end of magic, etc -- and out of spite, he aligned himself with her enemies, Severin and Simone, to reluctantly work as a mole for them.
All this with the promise that they'd undo all the damage caused from the events of "Twilight". When Buffy learns of Xander's betrayal, she's furious, but due to their tight friendship, she finds it in her heart to forgive him.
18 DAWN IS A GIANT
Going into the first issue of the eighth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, fans were anxious to see what the Scooby Gang had been up to since the series finale in 2003, but we were all in for a huge surprise to see that Dawn had become a giant. Apparently, after cheating on a demon that she was dating, the demon had put a spell on her to make her giant as revenge.
He eventually reversed the effects of the spell, but Dawn's transformation would mark the first of what would become a running gag throughout the comic continuation. We'd also see Dawn become a doll, a centaur, and a vegetable. Well, a comatose vegetable, but a vegetable nonetheless.
17 BUFFY MEETS FRAY
Since Fray: Future Slayer -- the futuristic spin-off to Buffy the Vampire Slayer that Joss Whedon first penned in 2001 - -takes place 200 years in the future, none of us expected Fray to bump into Buffy any time soon. We were all proven wrong in season 8 when Buffy found herself chucked into the distant future during a mission.
There, Buffy learns that the thousands of Slayers she activated was reduced to one: Fray. The two Slayers meet, fight each other, then team up, then fight again when Fray realizes that Buffy returning to the present would mean her own universe would cease to exist. Despite Fray's valiant efforts, Buffy returned to the present with help from Willow.
16 WILLOW GOES DARK AGAIN
Dark Willow was arguably the biggest threat that the Scoobies had ever faced in season 6. We all thought that would be the last we would ever see of Willow as a villain, but that may not be the case. In the comics, when Buffy travels 200 years into the future, not only does she find that Willow is still alive, but she's gone evil again.
When Dark Willow tries to prevent Buffy from leaving the future, Buffy has no choice but to kill her. When she returns to the present, she warns Willow of what the future had become, but ever the optimistic, Willow assures her Slayer friend that nothing is ever set in stone, not even the future.
15 THE BUFFY/SPIKE/ANGEL DREAM
Buffy had always been wrapped into a love triangle of sorts between her two favorite vampires with souls, Angel and Spike. In one issue of the season 8 comic continuation, she has a dream that suggests that rather than choose, she should just have a tryst with them both in a polyamory sort of way.
Later on, she breaks up a fight between the two and mentions her dream in passing, saying "I liked it better when you two were kissing." A flabbergasted Spike quips "I'm fairly certain I never mentioned..." before getting kicked out of frame. This hints at a possible old relationship between Spike and Angel, which explains a lot. No wonder why they always bicker like an old married couple.
14 THE END OF MAGIC
After Angel and Buffy's superhuman tryst produces a very literal Big Bang, it gives birth to a universe that nearly replaces Earth. To stop that from happening, Buffy must use her scythe to destroy the Seed of Wonder. It works, but it also produces a slew of other unfortunate ramifications for her universe.
The biggest of them all being that destroying the Seed eradicates all magic from the universe. Magic had been a staple of the series from the very beginning of the show, and now, in the finale of season 8, it was gone. Needless to say, the end of magic led to some bad stuff going down in season 9.
13 THE CREATION OF ZOMPIRES
After Buffy brought the end to magic after destroying the Seed of Wonder, this also produced the effect after kickstarting a whole new breed of vampires. With no more magic, this meant that the demons who would inhabit the body of a post-sired human body could not cross into the earthly dimension anymore.
So, now whenever a vampire sired someone, the newly born vampire would not have a mind of its own. It was, for lack of a better word, mindless. Like a zombie, which is why Xander coined the new term for these ravenous creatures to be known as zompires.
12 JONATHAN RETURNS AS A VENGEANCE DEMON
In hopes of redeeming the terrible things that he did in his past, Andrew attempts to use the Vampyr book to try and resurrect both Tara and Jonathan. While that did not go according to plan, Andrew was able to find and activate a digital backup of Jonathan's personality and upload it as a hologram.
After upgrading the hologram to a robot body, Andrew and the Jonathan bot have a falling out, causing the latter to run away. season 10 Big Bad, D'Hoffryn, recruits Jonathan, and restores his human body in exchange for turning him into his own personal vengeance demon.
11 ANDREW OFFICIALLY COMES OUT
Andrew's suspected queerness had always been a running gag during both Buffy and Angel, mainly because his preference seemed to be obvious to everyone except Andrew himself. That is until season 10 when Andrew meets a charismatic coven leader named Clive.
This inspired Andrew to take an Asclepian Vial, a potion meant to turn someone into their perfect self. After admitting he's gay and that he's attracted to Clive, Andrew becomes an invincible, hulking, muscular "superhero," as Clive called him in astonishment of Andrew's new form. From there, Andrew decided to come out to his peers, and start dating Clive.
10 BUFFY BECOMES A BUFFY BOT
When Buffy's life is endangered by an assassin, Andrew thinks it best to protect her by transferring her subconscious into the Buffy Bot while her real body is stored away in hiding. Except, he does this without telling Buffy beforehand, and right after she completely blacks out during a party.
When she awakens feeling different than before (due to a malfunction in the robot's programming), she comes to the conclusion that she's pregnant, and considers not having the child at all due to the unfortunate circumstance she was in. Before she can go through with it, her robot arm gets ripped off during a fight and all is revealed.
9 SPIKE AND BUFFY ADDRESS "THAT SCENE"
The infamous scene from "Seeing Red" left a bad taste in all of our mouths. It was finally addressed in issue #20 of season 10, when a demon assault case brings up bad memories. Throughout the issue, Spike remains apologetic, but Buffy assures him that since he was soulless at the time, she doesn't hold him responsible.
However, she does tell the vamp "it's only a problem... if you expect me to reassure you it's okay every time. 'Cause I need to be able to deal with it myself. My way." The issue doesn't go out of its way to justify the scene or make fans accept what happened in season 6, but its a powerful means to reflect themes of trauma and guilt.
8 DAWN AND XANDER
We all remember that during the live action series, Xander failed to court Buffy, and so they settled on being just friends. From there, he looked after her baby sister Dawn as if she was his own little sister. In the comic book continuation, the pair fall madly in love with each other... gross.
Perhaps stranger than that is that it wasn't until Xander shacked up with Dawn that her older sister realized her true feelings for Xander, telling him that she was "too late" to make a move on Xander. This convo comes after Buffy walks in on Xander and Dawn passionately smooching.
7 BILLY DEBUTS AS THE FIRST EVER MALE SLAYER
Slayers have always exclusively been female, but in Season 9, the Slayer game changed when the first ever male Slayer stepped into the mix in the form of Billy Lane. Billy Lane was a young man who took self defense classes after being bullied in high school for being gay.
When the Slayers are revealed to the world, he is inspired by them to use his years of training to become a Slayer himself. Of course, since he was not a woman, he was never officially "called" as a Slayer. However, due to his ample vampire hunting skills, he was accepted as an ally of the Slayer essence, and was granted visions of the First Slayer.
6 HARMONY REVEALS THE SUPERNATURAL TO THE WORLD
In season 8, Harmony returned and stunned the world when she snagged her very own reality show on MTV -- called Harmony Bites -- after getting photographed biting Andy Dick in the middle of an alley way. Through her show, she outs vampires and all supernatural life forms in front of the entire world.
By revealing that the supernatural exists to humanity, she also reveals that Slayers exist, but Harmony uses her newfound fame and voice to tell the world that Slayers are evil after a rogue slayer accidentally destroys Harmony's Pomeranian dog. This inspires the entire world to hate both Buffy and her Slayer apprentices.
5 AMY AND WARREN RETURN AS A COUPLE
Last time we saw Warren, he accidentally shot Tara in season 6 and subsequently got his skin ripped off by Willow out of revenge. We thought he died from the ordeal, but as it turns out, he survived and fell into the hands of Amy, who used her Wiccan magic to preserve him in an undead, skinless shape.
Through their mutual hate for Willow, they became a power couple and started working for both the U.S. government and Twilight. But when Buffy destroyed the Seed of Wonder, it destroyed Warren's magically reassembled body in the process. Amy kept his remains in a jar thereafter.
4 SPIKE LEADS AN ALIEN BUG ARMY, GETS A SPACESHIP
During his own self-titled mini series, Spike runs into a spaceship filled with intergalactic alien bugs. After he protects them from an attack at the hands of Wolfram & Hart, the ship's dying king appoints Spike as their new leader. Spike then takes his newly found spaceship and crew into season 8, where they all help Buffy in the fight against Twilight.
Spike keeps his crew close to him, until an Easter Island Moai statue comes to life and destroys the spaceship. Spike's crew stayed on Easter Island and made a cave into their new home. Definitely one of the more bizarre Buffy moments.
3 ANGEL VS GILES
Season 8 was a tumultuous turning point in the relationship between the Watcher and his protege. At this point, Buffy and Giles had stopped talking to each other due to Giles's secret alliance with Faith, but eventually, the pairing hash out their difference, make up, and all is well. Well, all is well for a moment.
Not long afterwards, Angel is revealed the season's Big Bad -- albeit, he is possessed by Twilight -- and during the midst of battle, he snaps Giles's neck. One of the few character who have stuck around since the first episode of Buffy was now reduced to cold carcass on the ground.
2 THE RESURRECTION OF GILES
When he comes to after his ordeal as Twilight's meat puppet, Angel is riddled with enough guilt to make it his personal mission to bring Giles back to life in his follow up comic series Angel & Faith. After plenty of help, trial, and error throughout the series, Angel is able to use an ancient artifact to restore Giles's corpse back to full health and a resurrection spell to bring Giles back among the living.
Although Giles is displeased with the fact he returns in the body of his 12-year old self, he is grateful for Angel resurrecting him. Angel returns Giles to Buffy in a heartfelt reunion.
1 THE "BIG BANG"
Science historians attest to the fact that our universe was created by a Big Bang. When scientists coined the term Big Bang, it probably was not meant to be a pun, but the Buffy writing team gave the issue a very clever name (look it up, we won't repeat it here) and totally used the play on words to their advantage.
In this issue, former lovers Angel and Buffy reunite and their act ends up giving birth to a new universe: the Twilight universe. Twilight eventually winds up possessing Angel later.