Real name: Alexander Lavelle Harris Other known aliases: See the list. Occupation: Adventurer and carpenter. Former student, dishwasher, exotic dancer, food vendor, construction worker, bartender, phone sex operator and delivery man. Current group affiliation: Scooby Gang. Past group affiliations: The Pack, Sunnydale High Swim Team. Major enemies: The First Evil. Formerly The Trio, Glory, The Master, Angel and Caleb. First appearance: Welcome To The Hellmouth 1.01 Origin: Description: Xander an attractive 21 year old man standing 5'11'' tall with with dark hair and hazel eye.
13 STR 3
14 DEX 12
13 CON 6
13 BODY 6
13 INT 3
13 EGO 6
13/18 PRE 3
14 COM 2
7 PD 4
7 ED 4
4 SPD 16
8 REC 4
26 END 0
30 STUN 3
Characteristics Cost: 72
Powers and Skills
5 +0 Detect,"Magic",make into sense
20 4D6 Luck
2 Life Support,"Pan-immunity from exposure to most known
diseases.",immune to disease,14- Activation(-1/2)
5 8 Mental Defense
2 +5 PRE,Only when his friends are in danger.(-1/2),Only to
defend against attacks.(-1/2)
4 6" Swimming 1
21 VPP (15),only change between adv,restricted type of powers,
no skill roll required,"Gadget pool, can only make mundane
3 Acting 13-
3 AK: Sunnydale 12-,(INT based)
3 Bribery 13-
3 Concealment 12-
3 Conversation 13-
3 Criminology 12-
3 Electronics 11-
3 Interrogation 13-
3 KS: Demons & Vampires 12-,(INT based)
2 KS: Magic Lore 11-
3 KS: Military Ettiquite 12-,(INT based)
3 Lang: Klingon,fluent conversation,literacy
4 Martial Disarm
3 Martial Grab
3 Mechanics 11-
3 Navigation 11-
3 Oratory 13-
3 Paramedic 12-
2 PS: Construction Worker 11-
2 PS: Cook 11-
3 PS: Jester 12-,(INT based)
5 5 Resistance
3 Security Systems 12-
3 Seduction 13-
3 Stealth 12-
3 Streetwise 13-
3 Survival 11-
3 Systems Operation 12-
3 Tactics 12-
3 WF,Crossbows,Small Arms
Powers Cost: 158
Base Points: 100
10 DNPC,"Various people of Sunnydale.",normal,useful skills,
15 Hunted,"The forces of darkness.",as powerful,non-combat
20 Normal Stats
10 Psych Lim,"Distrusts Angel.",uncommon,strong
10 Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing (humans).",uncommon,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Afriad to commit.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Loves Buffy/Cordelia/Willow/Anya.",common,strong
20 Psych Lim,"Over protective of his friends.",very common,
1 Quirk - Avoids his family.
1 Quirk - Hangs with girls mostly.
1 Quirk - Jokes in the face of danger.
1 Quirk - Says things like Willster and Buffinator.
1 Quirk - Thinks he dances cool, but doesn't.
10 Watched,"By Anya.",as powerful,non-combat influence,harsh,
Disadvantages Total: 130
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 230
Explanation of the conversion: The Detect magic represents his uncanny ability to know something mystical is up, although he doesn't know exactly what or how, he will be on the lookout. Xander's Presence bonus allows him to face down frightening opponents without wavering whenever his friends are in danger (Killed By Death 2.18, The Zeppo 3.13). The Variable Power Pool can be used to create mundane equipment that he always seems able to get a hold of, like flare guns, cammo outfits, and other military or construction hardware. This pool can only create powers in a Focus that simulate military and construction equipment. All the Focuses are Universal and Breakable, so he can lend them to other people.
History: Alexander Lavelle Harris was born in 1981 to John and Jessica Harris and grew up in Sunnydale California with his best friends Willow Rosenberg and Jesse McNally. Xander dated Willow up until the age of 5, when they broke up over a dispute over a doll. Although she still considered him a potential boyfriend after that, Xander only considered her a friend.
At Xander's sixth birthday party, which Willow attended, Xander had a clown, who chased and frightened him. This left him with an intense fear of clowns for many years (mentioned in Nightmares 1.10).
In 1987, on their first day of Kindergarten, Willow broke the yellow crayon, which sent her into tears because she was afraid to tell anyone, but Xander was there for her (mentioned in Grave 6.22)
In Kindergarten there is also an embarrassing incident Willow had with Xander involving Aquaman Underoos (mentioned in The Killer In Me 7.13).
Xander and Willow played G.I. Joe rescues Barbie in her room, she got to be his sidekick (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #21).
At Xander's seventh birthday party he wanted a toy fire truck. Although he didn't get one, the house next door burned down and he got to see real fire trucks. He always suspected Willow set the fire so he could see the trucks (mentioned in The Replacement 5.03).
In 1989 Xander went through an Indiana Jones phase, and rode bikes down a hill with Willow. Her mother didn't approve and wanted them to play at her house because of the stories of a supposed killer called Mad Jack (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #21).
Xander and Willow went camping in the yard behind his house for the night. Mad Jack visited them in the night, but Xander slept through it and Willow pretended she was sleeping too (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #22).
In sixth grade Xander and Willow went on a school field trip together, where something funny happened to their school mate Cordelia Chase involving a man with antlers on his belt (mentioned in Invisible Girl 1.11).
Xander and his parents attended Willow's bat mitzvah, where his parents drank to excess (mentioned in Hell's Bells 6.16).
Xander attended Sunnydale High School in 1996 where he was among the many students and teachers who ignored unpopular student Marcie Ross so completely that Marcie literally faded from sight one day in English class (Out of Mind, Out of Sight 1.11).
While visiting the library looking for a book he needed, he happened to listen in on a conversation between Rupert Giles, the new librarian, and a new girl in school named Buffy Anne Summers. They were talking about a dead body found in a girls locker earlier that day, and how the boy was killed by a vampire. Rupert talked about how it was Buffy's sacred duty to destroy vampires as the Slayer. That night at a local club Xander ran into Buffy, who was desperately looking for Willow. He jokingly asked if it was to protect her from vampires, not believing any of what he had overheard in the library. Buffy seemed serious that Willow was in trouble. He followed Buffy to a local cemetery where they found both Willow and Jesse being attacked by vampires. Although Xander got out with Willow, Jesse was taken by the vampires (Welcome To The Hellmouth 1.01).
''Can I have you? Duh... Can I HELP you?'' - Xander
Buffy took Willow and Xander back to the library where Rupert filled them in on the history of vampires and the Slayer.
The next day Xander followed Buffy on her mission to get Jesse back, but they discovered that Jesse was now a vampire. Xander and Buffy barely escape with their lives. Later that night he helped Buffy and Rupert stop a massacre at the club meant to help release a trapped ancient vampire called the Master. During the fight, Xander staked the Jesse vampire in the heart, slaying it (The Harvest 1.02).
''This is too much. I mean yesterday my life's like, uh oh pop quiz. Today it's rain of toads...'' - Xander
From that point on Xander and Willow started to hang out with Buffy regularly. When Buffy decided to try out for cheer leading, Xander went with her to show support, as well as check out the cheer leaders. He even bought her a bracelet, which he said was for luck. During tryouts one of the cheer leaders burst into flame. After several more odd occurrences involving cheer leaders, Xander and friends came to the conclusion that a witch was cursing the cheer leading team. They had the theory that it was Willow's friend Amy was trying to eliminate the competition for joining the team. In time they discovered that Amy's mother Catherine, a former cheer leader, was trying to relive her youth by living through daughter's body. Xander and Willow bravely sought to distract Catherine while Buffy and Rupert and the real Amy undid the spells Catherine had cast. Catherine was caught in a reflected spell meant for Buffy and was never seen again (The Witch 1.03).
''I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.'' - Xander
Because her father would not allow her to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, Willow had to sneak over to Xander's house to watch it, and enjoyed seeing Xander do the Snoopy dance (mentioned in Passion 2.17).
In 1997 Xander was then targeted by a She-Mantis demon pretending to be a hot substitute teacher for a romp in the sack and a snack afterward. Buffy, Willow and Rupert were able to track the demon down and kill her before Xander was hurt (Teacher's Pet 1.04).
''I realize it's no mystery guy handing out leather jackets, and while we're on the subject, what kind of a girlie name is 'Angel' anyway?'' - Xander
Rupert then learned of a prophecy of the coming of the Anointed One about the time Buffy came into the interest of hunky upper classman Owen Thurman. She dated him, much to Xander's dismay, but when Owen tagged along when she was fighting the supposed Anointed One, Andrew Borba, Buffy decided to break up with Owen for his own safety. Although Buffy thought she killed the Anointed One, the vampire she slayed was not him, and the real Anointed One, Colin, joined the Master (Never Kill A Boy On The First Date 1.05).
Buffy, Willow and Xander took a trip to the Sunnydale Zoo with their class. While there Xander noticed that four school bullies, Kyle DuFours, Tor Hauer, Heidi Barrie and Rhonda Kelley, were picking on another student, Lance Lincoln. Xander followed them into a restricted hyena exhibit, where he confronted them. The students unknowingly interrupted a magic ritual by the zoo keeper, Doctor Weirick, who was attempting to take on the strength and spirit of the hyenas for himself. This resulted in Xander and the four bullies being possessed by the hyena spirit. The pack of students became very animalistic, eating the school mascot, Herbert the pig. After insulting Willow and attacking Buffy, Rupert confirmed they were possessed. Buffy captured Xander, but the other four then attacked and ate Principal Bob Flutie. Buffy and Rupert got a hold of Weirick, who tricked them into returning the pack to him, supposedly to free the students of the possession, but he wanted the powers for himself. Weirick knocked out
and was able to get the spirits from the students through a ritual which threatened Willow, but once freed Xander saved Willow from Weirick. Buffy fought Weirick, who fell in the hyena pen and was eaten. Afterwards Xander feigned not remembering what he did while possessed, even though Rupert knew he should have a full memory of what happened (The Pack 1.06).
''Shoot me, stuff me, mount me.'' - Xander
In an attempt to kill Buffy, the Master sent vampire warriors, called The Three, but Angel was able to help Buffy escape them. Angel was wounded and spent the day at Buffy's house hiding. Buffy started training with the quarter staff and bow. The Master had The Three killed for failing him. Buffy went to Angel the next night, where they admitted they had feelings for each other and kissed, but then in the excitement he vamped out. Frightened, he ran away. The next day Rupert researched Angel and discovered a vampire named Angelus who fit his description. Rupert's diaries said Angelus was a vicious animal, but they also said he came to North America a hundred years ago and there was no record of him feeding here. Xander and Willow tried to console her, as she knew what she had to do. Darla then came to Angel in his lair telling him he was welcome to come back to them, but he refused. Darla decided the only way to deal with the Slayer and Angel was to get them to fight. She arranged to attack Buffy's mother
Joyce and make it look like Angel attacked her. Buffy believed it and went hunting for Angel. Buffy then learned the truth and learned that Angel was cursed by gypsies with the guilt of a human soul. Darla then attempted to shoot the Slayer, but Angel staked Darla to protect Buffy. The next night Angel and Buffy agreed they couldn't be together despite their feelings for each other and kissed good bye (Angel 1.07).
''You're in love with a vampire?! What, are you outta your mind?!'' - Xander
Buffy, Willow and Xander decided to help Rupert in his indexing books on the recently installed computer system in the library, with the aid of computer teacher Jenny Calender and ace computer students Dave Kirby and Fritz Siegel. One of those books ended up being an ancient volume which contained the essence of the demon Moloch the Corrupter, which Willow scanned. Moloch was absorbed into the computer network. For the next week Willow developed an online romance with Malcolm Black, a supposed student of a nearby school, but he was really Moloch. Moloch contacted several computer and robotics specialists at the same time, including Fritz and Dave, who aided him in creating a new robotic body he could inhabit in return for promises of power and love. When Buffy started investigating Malcolm, Moloch sent Dave to kill Buffy, but Dave couldn't bring himself to kill Buffy. Moloch had Fritz kill Dave for failing him. Moloch had Fritz kidnap Willow to reveal himself
to her. When Fritz
arrived Moloch killed him, Moloch revealed himself to Willow and professed his love for her, but she rejected him. Buffy and Xander tracked Willow down as Rupert and Jenny were able to cast a binding spell which removed Moloch from the internet, trapping it inside the robotic body. Buffy fought Moloch and although he was stronger then her, she tricked him into electrocuting himself. Afterwards Willow became depressed about her affair with Malcolm, but Xander and Buffy cheered her up with their own stories of romance gone wrong (I Robot, You Jane 1.08).
After R. Snyder was appointed the new Principal of Sunnydale High he assigned Rupert to run the annual Talent Show. Cordelia entered right away, where she demonstrated her singing ability. When Snyder caught Buffy, Willow and Xander mocking Rupert and skipping class he decided to punish them by forcing them to participate in the Talent Show. Tragedy struck when dancer Emily Djiemanowicz was found a few days before the show killed, her heart cut out. Buffy and her friends started a private investigation into the death, suspecting a possible demon involvement, and falsely came to suspect ventriloquist Morgan Shay. They eventually discovered that Morgan's dummy was actually a cursed demon hunter named Sid, who was tracking the demon who cursed him, who he suspected was one of the members of the talent show. The demon killed Morgan and targeted Rupert for the healthy brain he needed next on his organ list, but Buffy, Xander, Willow and Sid were able to defeat him. Since Sid's human body had long since died,
this released Sid's soul to peaceful death, which he welcomed. Buffy, Willow and Xander then performed a dramatic scene for the Talent Show (Puppet Show 1.09).
''Dyow! Mime!'' - Xander
Strange things then started to happen at Sunnydale High, stranger then usual. Fellow student Wendell Sears was suddenly attacked by a large numbers of spiders and Laura Egler was attacked by a deformed man in the basement. Xander had his clothes suddenly disappear in class and Rupert lost the ability to read. Buffy, Xander, Willow and Rupert figured out that nightmares were coming true. They also learned a young boy named Billy Palmer at the local hospital was in a coma after being beaten. Buffy was visited by the dream self of the boy and they tried to help him to wake up. Buffy then suffered from the nightmare that she was defeated by the Master, buried alive and turned into a vampire herself. Despite this she was able to defeat the deformed man, who was the manifestation of the boy's fears and help Billy to wake up. Sunnydale returned to what passes for normal (Nightmares 1.10).
''I was, uh, dressed a minute ago! It's a dream. It's gotta be a dream. Ow! Wake up. Ow! Gotta wake up.'' - Xander
As the school year was ending Cordelia ran for May Queen while she was dating school jock Mitch Fargo. Mitch was attacked in the locker room by a floating baseball bat. Buffy, Xander, Willow and Rupert investigated the attack. Thinking it might have been a ghost Willow investigated all the dead and missing Sunnydale students. Cordelia's friend Harmony was pushed down the stairs by an unseen assailant, who Buffy felt brush against her as it escaped and heard a giggle. Buffy guessed the attacker was an invisible girl. Seeing Cordelia as a common thread in the attacks, Buffy started watching Cordelia as she was preparing her May Queen dress. Angel then visited Rupert in the library, where they talked about Buffy. Rupert was investigating the prophecies of the Master and Buffy, but was having no luck. Angel said he could get Rupert a copy of the Pergamum Codex, a book of Slayer prophecies. Buffy heard a flute playing in the school at night. Cordelia was elected May Queen.
From Willow's list of missing kids she found that missing student Marcie Ross played the flute in band. Checking out the band room Buffy discovered a hidden nest in the ceiling tiles where Marcie was living. Looking through Marcie's yearbook Buffy found she had no friends. Cordelia discovered her favorite teacher, Miss Miller, nearly suffocated by an invisible assailant. Buffy met with Xander, Willow and Rupert in the library. Rupert realized Marcie had become invisible because everyone ignored her. Cordelia then joined them in the library realizing someone was hurting her friends, hoping Buffy could help her. Buffy decided to go with Cordelia to prepare for her coronation as May Queen, hoping it would lure out Marcie. Xander, Rupert and Willow heard a flute playing in the school and went after Marcie, but it ended up being a trap. Marcie locked them in a room with a gas leak. Marcie then knocked out Buffy and Cordelia and took them to the Bronze to put them on display.
Angel arrived with the Codex in time to save Xander, Willow and Rupert. Marcie attempted to cut up Cordelia's face, but Buffy escaped and was able to knock Marcie out. Marcie was then taken away by the F.B.I. Although Cordelia was thankful for Buffy and friends saving her, she soon reverted to form and treated them as losers. The F.B.I. put Marcie into training as an assassin (Out of Mind, Out of Sight 1.11).
''Well, yeah. I'd give anything to be able to turn invisible. I wouldn't use my powers to beat people up, but use my powers to protect the girl's locker room.'' - Xander
Rupert learned from the Pergamum Codex that Buffy was destined to face the Master in combat and die. Although she tried to quit being the Slayer, Buffy realized she had to fight him after Willow discovered a number of students in the school were slaughtered by the Master's minions. The Anointed One lead Buffy to the Master, leading to Buffy being overpowered and drained by him, then thrown into a pool of water. This freed the Master and opened the hellmouth. Xander and Angel showed up after the Master left and Xander gave Buffy C.P.R. He was able to revive her. Buffy returned to life more powerful then before. As Rupert, Xander, Willow, Cordelia and Jenny fought the minions of the master Buffy fought the Master himself. She was able to defeat the Master. As he died the hellmouth closed (Prophecy Girl 1.12).
''Calm may work for Locutus of the Borg here, but I'm freaked out, and I intend to stay that way.'' - Xander
Buffy spent the summer with her father in Los Angeles, then returned to Sunnydale just in time to save Willow and Xander from a vampire attack. Willow, Xander and even Cordelia noticed a change in Buffy's attitude, she had become cold and harsh. Angel welcomed her back and she was hurtful with him too. She even teased Xander sexually at the Bronze, then left him cold. Although Xander thought Buffy might be possessed, Rupert believed she had issues to deal with after her death experience fighting the Master. The remaining followers of the Master then recovered his bones and attempted to resurrect him using a spell which required the sacrifice of those who were near him when he died. They kidnapped Rupert, Willow, Jenny and Cordelia. Buffy, Angel and Xander were able were able to beat the location of the ceremony out of a vampire and save them, killing most of the Master's remaining followers except the Anointed One. Buffy then dealt with her issues by smashing the bones of the Master with a sledge hammer.
The next day at school she made up with Willow and Xander (When She Was Bad 2.01).
''I don't know what your problem is, what your issues are, but as of now, I officially don't care. If you'd worked with us for five seconds, you coulda stopped this... If they hurt Willow, I'll kill you.'' - Xander
Buffy, Willow and Xander attended a class trip the Sunnydale museum, where fellow student Rodney Munsen broke the seal protecting the mummy of an Inca princess. The princess reanimated after hours and sucked the life out of Rodney. Having overheard Buffy's plans to pick up a foreign exchange student, the mummy got to him first and then took his place in the foreign exchange, staying at Buffy's house. The princess and Xander hit it off, but she was hunted by a guardian who knew to stay alive she would have to continue to feed on human life forces. The princess killed the guardian and then accepted an offer of a date with Xander a dance at the Bronze. When the princess needed to feed again she left Xander and nearly drained another student named Jonathan Levinson, but Xander interrupted them. Sensing that Rupert was attempting to fix the seal that imprisoned her, the princess returned to the museum and attacked Rupert. Buffy, Willow and Xander followed and saved Rupert. When the princess tried to drain
Willow, Xander insisted the princess take him instead. Her indecision over taking Xander's life delayed her long enough to finally turn into a dried out corpse again and fall apart (Inca Mummy Girl 2.04).
''I'm from the country of Leone. It's in Italy pretending to be Montana.'' - Xander
On Halloween in 1997, Xander was forced by the school principal to participate in a program to take kids trick-or-treating. He purchased a surplus set of military fatigues and a toy rifle and went as a soldier. The rifle ended up being part of a bunch of cursed items being sold as a prank by Ethan Rayne, and would make people turn into whatever they were dressed as for Halloween. When the chaos broke out on Halloween night, Xander became a real soldier,
and couldn't remember who he was or why he was there. He ended up protecting his friends and helping chase off a number of monster children and vampires. As a side effect of being possessed by the soldier's spirit, Xander retained knowledge of military protocol, tactics, and weapons use after he returned to normal (Halloween 2.06).
''Ma'am, in the Army we have a saying: sit down and shut the...'' - Xander
When trapped in Buffy's basement by an assassin with Cordelia, he started a secret relationship with her. Xander was introduced to another Vampire Slayer, named Kendra, who was called when Buffy briefly died fighting the Master (What's My Line Part 2 2.10).
''A Slayer, huh? I knew this 'I'm the only one, I'm the only one' thing was just an attention-getter.'' - Xander
Because her father would not allow her to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, Willow had to sneak over to Xander's house to watch it, and enjoyed seeing Xander do the Snoopy dance (mentioned in Passion 2.17).
In 1998 Xander used his knowledge of the military to steal a rocket launcher from a local military base to use against the nearly unstoppable demon called the Judge. Knowledge of Xander's involvement with Cordelia crushed Willow when she discovered them kissing in the library (Innocence 2.14).
''I'm seventeen. Looking at linoleum makes me wanna have sex.'' - Xander
Unable to put up with the harassment from her piers about dating Xander any more, Cordelia broke up with him on Valentines day. Xander was so upset by her treatment of him he blackmailed Amy, who he knew was learning witchcraft, into helping him cast a love spell on Cordelia. Xander planned to make Cordelia love him again so he could break up with her, but the spell backfired and all women who saw Xander except Cordelia fell in love with him. Willow even offered herself to Xander in bed, which he refused. Buffy and Amy fought for Xander's affections, which resulted in Amy getting a bloody nose and Buffy magically transmuted into a rat. Eventually even Jenny, Buffy's mother Joyce, the vampire Drusilla and most of the women at Sunnydale High School were hunting for Xander to express their love as well as hunting Cordelia for hurting him the way she did. Xander and Cordelia hid together, narrowly escaping Angel, who was looking to kill Xander as a gift to Buffy. Rupert and Amy were
able to remove the spells turning Buffy back to a human being and lift the love spell from Xander. Luckily most of the women forgot what happened afterwards. Cordelia was so impressed that Xander had turned to magic to win her heart and that he protected her when she was threatened by the other women that she got back together with him, even though it made her an outcast among her old friends (Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 2.16).
''Oh, no, I'm twice the fool it takes to do something like this.'' - Xander
Just before the Sadie Hawkins dance the school started to be haunted by poltergeist activity. Rupert mistakenly believed that Jenny's ghost was responsible. Buffy learned that the spirit of a boy named James Stanley was trapped in the high school and was forcing people to relive the horror of the night he accidentally shot his lover and teacher Grace Newman then killed himself. Although Buffy, Willow, Cordelia and Xander tried to bind the spirit with a spell, they failed. Eventually James was able to possess Buffy and Grace was able to possess Angel as they relived the night of their deaths together. Because Angel was not killed by the bullet Grace was able to forgive James and the cycle of reliving the night was broken (I Only Have Eyes For You 2.19).
''This was no wimpy chain rattler. This was 'I'm dead as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore.''' - Xander
The Kendra returned to Sunnydale when signs pointed to the rise of the demon Acathla. She brought a sword that could be used to slay the demon and warned Kendra, but Kendra was killed by Drusilla in an attack on the library which left Willow in the hospital, Xander with a broken arm, and Rupert the captive of Angel (Becoming Part 1 2.21).
''I'm Perspective Guy. Angel's a killer... What? All is forgiven? I can't believe you people!'' - Xander
By making an alliance with the vampire Spike, who didn't want to see Angel destroy the world, Buffy was able to settled her differences with Angel by sending him to hell, but she did it right as Willow was successful in duplicating the curse that gave Angel his human soul. Spike and Drusilla left Sunnydale, supposedly never to return. After sending Angel to hell and fighting with her mother Buffy left town without telling anyone (Becoming Part 2 2.22).
''Come on, Will. Look, you don't have a choice here. You gotta wake up. I need you, Will. I mean, how am I gonna pass trig, you know? and who am I gonna call every night... and talk about everything we did all day? You're my best friend. You've always... I love you.'' - Xander
Xander, Oz and Willow spent the summer covering for Buffy with slaying newborn vampires (Anne 3.01)
Xander and his friends met Faith, the Slayer who was called when Kendra was killed. Xander was immediately attracted to Faith, much to Cordelia's discomfort (Faith, Hope and Trick 3.03).
Willow was abducted by a group of vampires the night before Halloween 1998 to be kept as a snack for Halloween Night. Buffy dressed as Jason Vorhees, Xander dressed as Dracula and Oz dressed as a shark. They combined taking kids trick or treating with looking for Willow. Buffy found Willow's shirt in the back of a truck at an deserted house, sent her kids home and went in where she fought the vampires and saved Willow (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2).
Xander and Cordelia experienced an on-again off-again relationship. Trouble started brewing when Xander helped Willow pick
out a dress for the Homecoming dance, and they started a relationship behind the backs of Cordelia and Willow's boyfriend
Daniel "Oz" Osborne (Homecoming 3.05).
''We got to get out of these clothes.'' - Xander
Willow and Xander tried to resist each other, even going so far as to consider a delusting spell to keep their hormones in check. When Spike returned to Sunnydale and held them hostage in exchange for Willow casting a love spell on Drusilla to take him back, they fell into each others arms again. Oz and Cordelia walked in on the two making out when they rescued them, causing Cordelia to run off, fall down a flight of stairs, and be impaled with a metal bar in the old building. (Lovers Walk 3.08).
Needing a source of money for her 1998 Christmas shopping and to pay for damages to a car she destroyed while fighting a vampire, Buffy got a job at the Popsicle Parlor. Angel visited her after hours and they went ice skating together until they were attacked by a minor ice demon. After telling Rupert, Xander, Cordelia and Willow about it she went to work the next day where she discovered the manager summoning another ice demon in the freezer. This one was much more powerful, but Buffy and her friends were able to fight it with fire and by reading from the spell book the manager used. They then played in the snow left from the demon exploding (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #4).
After Christmas Buffy had to watch Oz for a night of the full moon, and Oz nearly escaped if not for Buffy beating into submission and fracturing his arm. Although Oz understood her actions, Willow held beating Oz against Buffy. Buffy, Willow, Xander and Cordelia went to the Bronze to hear Oz's band, Dingoes Ate My Baby, play. Buffy got beeped by Rupert and they went to the school library where they discovered someone had ransacked Rupert's occult books and left them in a mess. While cleaning up they were attacked by a large black dog, which Cordelia shot with a crossbow and it ran off. The gang left a trap and they discovered that a man who was cursed to be hunted by the black dog was looking for a cure. The black dog showed up and chased him. Despite their best efforts to stop the dog it got the man and nearly caused the death of Willow, if Buffy hadn't saved her. Willow then forgave Buffy for hurting Oz and the gang celebrated New Years together (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5).
When two dead children were discovered in a park in Sunnydale, concerned parents started a witch hunt for people involved in the occult, spurred on secretly by a demon who fed on the strike it caused. Buffy, Willow and Amy were targeted by the entranced parents, lead by Joyce and Willow's mother Sheila Rosenberg. Xander and Oz rushed to save the girls, while Rupert and Cordelia used a spell to uncover the demon and break it's hold on the parents, but not before Amy magically turned herself into a rat in an attempt to fight the parents. Buffy and Willow were unable to restore Amy, but Willow kept her as a pet while she researched a cure (Gingerbread 3.11).
Xander briefly dated a girl named Lysette Torchio when he acquired use of his uncle's car and then had a fling with Faith (The Zeppo 3.13).
''Oh, I'm up. I'm suddenly very up. It's just, um... I've never been up with people before.'' - Xander
Xander then came to the attention of Anya Jenkins, a demon of vengeance who found
herself trapped in the form of a teenage girl. Although Anya was a demon, she was experiencing human emotions, and seemed to have real feelings for Xander. Xander knows she was a demon once, but she's the only girl who seems interested in him (The Prom 3.20).
Anya left when she learned of the mayor's plans to become a true demon and eat all the students of Sunnydale at their graduation ceremony, and asked Xander to go with her. He refused to leave his friends, and they parted ways (Graduation Day Part 1 3.21).
''You guys want to know about the Ascension? Well meet the only living person who's ever been to one.'' - Xander
Buffy forced Angel to drink her own blood to save his life. Angel stopped himself from draining her completely and took her to the hospital. In the hospital the mayor discovered Buffy was unconscious and Faith ina coma. He attempted to kill Buffy, but Angel stopped him. Buffy had a dream where Faith told Buffy to use human weakness against the mayor. After Buffy recovered she formulated a plan to enlist the entire high school in defeating the mayor. With the help of Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Angel, Wesley, Jonathan, Harmony and Larry they organized the graduating student body into a small army which survived the mayor's vampire minions. Buffy goaded the demonized mayor into following her into the abandoned school library where Rupert set off a large bomb destroying the school and the mayor. After the fight Angel left for Los Angeles (Graduation Day Part 2 3.22).
About two weeks after the destruction of Sunnydale High School Buffy and Xander wished Cordelia good bye as she left to pursue her acting career in Los Angeles (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Haunted #1).
Rupert and Xander were nearby and helped Buffy stake a possessed vampire, but Rupert was injured in the fight and was taken to Sunnydale General Hospital. Xander went home and considered moving into his parents basement and staying in Sunnydale, but then he heard his parents arguing, and decided he had to get away for a while (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Haunted #2).
Willow and Xander arrived at Faith's apartmant and Willow cast a spell casting out the spirit inhabiting a giant dead demon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Haunted #4).
After graduating high school, Xander decided to take a cross country trip, which was cut short when his car broke down. He spent most of the summer working as a dish washer in a male strip club to pay for a new car. When he returned home he moved into his parents basement. He met up with his old high school friends Buffy, Willow and Oz and helped them defeat a gang of vampires that were preying on the students of U.C. Sunnydale (The Freshman 4.01).
''Buffy, I've gone through some fairly dark times in my life, faced some scary things, among them the kitchen at the fabulous Ladies Night club. Let me tell you something, when it's dark and I'm all alone and I'm scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think, 'What would Buffy do?' You're my hero. Okay, sometimes when it's dark and I'm all alone I think, 'What is Buffy wearing?''' - Xander
Anya returned to Sunnydale months later and attempted to rekindle their relationship, but still didn't quite understand how to go about it (The Harsh Light of Day 4.03).
Buffy was then in a bit of a slump. Willow, Oz and Xander went with Buffy to a Halloween party on campus. Buffy went as Little Red Riding Hood, Willow was Joan of Arc, Oz was god and Xander was James Bond. Xander invited Anya as his companion, which seemed to disappoint Buffy. Anya came to the party dressed as a bunny. The party was interrupted when a pint sized fear demon named Gachnar was accidentally summoned and possessed the house. Anya went to get Rupert for help and together they were able to defeat the demon (Fear, Itself 4.04).
Anya was then invited with Xander to have Thanksgiving dinner at Rupert's home. Xander became strangely ill and she had to care for him. They learned Xander had been cursed by a vengeance spirit named Hus who Xander had accidentally released while working at a construction site, and was now suffering from a whole host of magically induced diseases. Anya aided Xander and his friends in defeating Hus and Xander returned to health (Pangs 4.08).
''Maybe it's the syphilis talking, but... some of that made sense.'' - Xander
Buffy had a dream about a group of demons called the Gentlemen coming to Sunnydale. Willow attended her wiccan group, but was upset she didn't find any spell casters in it, although a shy girl named Tara Maclay noticed her. Anya started to wonder if there was more to her relationship with Xander then just sex. The following night, when Spike stayed over at Xander's place, the Gentlemen did come, using a magic box to steal every ones voice. When Sunnydale awoke the next morning everyone had lost their voice, and the Gentlemen started to collect hearts of their silenced victims. Riley Finn and the Initiative soldiers were sent out on patrol to keep the peace in Sunnydale and hunt down the cause. Rupert did research and discovered that only a human voice could stop the Gentlemen. Tara tried to team up with Willow to find a magical cure for the loss of their voices, but ended up nearly being taken by the Gentlemen. When Xander mistakenly believed Spike had
attacked Anya, Xander beat the crap
out of Spike, winning Anya's
heart. Buffy went hunting for the Gentlemen, where she ended up accidentally meeting and teaming up with Riley against them. Riley destroyed the magic box that held their voices and a single scream from Buffy killed the Gentlemen. The next morning Buffy and Riley decided they needed to talk about their secret lives (Hush 4.10).
After Buffy's old school mate Jonathan Levinson cast a spell to make himself cool he ended up becoming a super star. Jonathan rescued a European princess who was attending U.C. Sunnydale from being abducted by Russian vampires, and Buffy helped him out by handing him a hot towel afterwards. After more Russian vampires attacked Buffy in Sunnydale. Jonathan recruited Buffy, Riley, Xander, Anya, Rupert and Willow on to his team investigating them. Spike refused to join at first. Jonathan told them about the Zadamiye, which was the inspiration for the Initiative, where they experimented on and enhanced vampires. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Zadamiye was abandoned and the vampires left to die in the cells, but they escaped and came to Sunnydale. Jonathan lead his group to the hellmouth under the ruins of Sunnydale High School to find the vampires. Jonathan had Willow cast a spell that, for a short while, made them invisible to non-human eyes. They attacked the vampires, but Rupert was shot by a the
vampire. The vampires were loosing and opened a water main as a last resort, hoping it would drown the gang. Jonathan lead them out of the tunnel where Spike picked them up, deciding to help out Jonathan, and took the group to the hospital as Jonathan looked after Rupert's wounds. Jonathan then returned home to his twin super model girlfriends for a good night's sleep (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Jonathan #1).
Xander and Anya had an argument over where their relationship was going. Buffy, Riley, Xander, Anya, Spike, Willow and Tara attended a party at Lowell house. Buffy and Riley ended up sneaking off to have sex together. Tara invited Willow to go horse back riding with her. The party was interrupted by a series of poltergeist attacks. Willow, Tara and Rupert did a magic spell together to try to put the spirits to rest, but only when Xander and Anya were able to stop Buffy and Riley did the spirits stop, as they were drawing power from Buffy and Riley's sexual energy (Where The Wild Things Are 4.18).
''Anya, look around! There's ghosts and shaking, and people are going all Felicity with their hair... We're fresh out of superpeople, and somebody's gotta go back in there. Now who's with me?'' - Xander
After Spike was able to trick Willow, Buffy, Xander and Rupert into fighting each other, Tara and Anya hid together until things calmed down (The Yoko Factor 4.20).
When preparing for her final confrontation with the rogue cyber-demonoid soldier Adam, Buffy lost Riley when Adam activated a control chip that had been implanted in him by Professor Walsh. Spike realized that disks he gave Willow wouldn't get to Buffy unless he got them together again after breaking them apart. Adam planned to get the demons, soldiers and Buffy to all fight each other, allowing him to pick from the pieces to build his demonoid army. Anya tried to help Xander get over the fight. Adam reanimated Riley's friend Forrest Gates into a cyber-demonoid soldier. Buffy came across Spike while exploring the caves Adam had once used and realized something was up when he knew they had a fight. Willow decrypted the disks and found out Adam's plans. Buffy got Willow, Xander and Rupert together and explained how Spike made them fight then figured out Adam's plan to get the demon and soldiers fight inside the Initiative. Rupert suggested a paralyzing spell he knew, but he wasn't
powerful enough to cast the spell, Willow didn't speak the language needed, and they needed to get close to Adam to cast it. Xander jokingly suggested they needed to combine strengths and Rupert suggested an enjoining spell that would allow them to combine abilities. They broke into the Initiative, only to be captured by the soldiers there. Adam then released the demons. Riley escaped Adam's control and defeated Forrest. Xander, Willow and Rupert cast the enjoining spell, called on the power of the Slayers and gave their combined power to Buffy. Buffy was able to negate Adam's powers with the paralyzing spell and then ripped Adam's power supply out. Spike then helped Buffy lead the surviving soldiers out of the Initiative in hopes of them not staking him. The government then destroyed the Initiative (Primeval 4.21).
The next night Riley went to the government for debriefing as Willow, Xander and Rupert spent the night over at Buffy's house with her watching videos. They all fell asleep where they had nightmares of the first Slayer trying to kill them, who had been offended by being called on by them to defeat Adam. Buffy was able to defeat her and they woke up unharmed (Restless 4.22).
''You gotta have something. Gotta be with movin' forward.'' - Xander
Buffy was surprised to discover that the world famous vampire Dracula came to town and attempted to seduce her. Dracula put Xander under his control. Riley and Rupert discovered the castle he was hold out in and fought the three vampire sisters who worked for Dracula. Dracula attempted to take Buffy, but she fought off his attacks and defeated. When Buffy returned home she found she had a 14 year old little sister named Dawn waiting (Buffy vs. Dracula 5.01).
''Damn it! You know what? I'm sick of this crap. I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis. As of this moment, it's over. I'm finished being everybody's butt monkey!'' - Xander
As tension mounted between Buffy and her little sister Dawn, Harmony returned to Sunnydale as head of her own vampire gang with plans to kill the Slayer. Buffy, Rupert, Dawn, Willow and Tara discovered the owner of the local magic shop dead from what seemed to be a vampire attack, Harmony's gang. Going over the scene of the crime Rupert realized how much money was to be made in a magic shop. Harmony's plans fell through when she went to Buffy's house only to learn Buffy was out, and Dawn was being watched by Anya and a Xander. Dawn accidentally invited Harmony inside, but Xander fought her off. When Buffy learned what Dawn had done she scolded Dawn. Spike crossed paths with Harmony in the graveyard where he made fun of her attempts to be a leader, but he also gave Harmony the idea to kidnap Dawn. Harmony's men grabbed Dawn. Buffy beat the location of Harmony's lair out of him, slew the gang and saved Dawn, although Harmony escaped. Rupert bought the magic shop, despite Buffy's warnings that the shop owners
have a short life expectancies in Sunnydale (Real Me 5.02).
The demon Toth decided to try to kill Buffy by using the Ferula-gemina in an attempt to divide her into two beings, one strong and one weak, but accidentally got Xander instead. Weak Xander thought strong Xander was a demon who had stolen his face, and was hurt when he saw that the supposed demon lived his life better than he did. The weak Xander went to Willow for help. Strong Xander got a new apartment and consoled Anya over her new perceived mortality. When Toth attacked again Buffy was able to slay him. Riley confided to Xander that he didn't think that Buffy return the love he had for her (The Replacement 5.03).
''Yeah, maybe it's definitely time to start looking for a new place. Something a little nicer. Buffy, you've been to Hell, they have one-bedrooms, right?'' - Xander
When Rupert became owner of a magic shop, Xander and Anya showed up for his first day of business. He ended up so swamped with customers, and Anya was so helpful in getting work done, that he offered her a job, which she accepted (No Place Like Home 5.05).
''The thousand-yard stare. Damn! You hate to see it on any man but especially in retail.'' - Xander
When Spike learned that Riley was visiting a vampire whore house for suck jobs he informed Buffy, who was shocked. Riley said he wasn't feeling that Buffy needed him any more and told her the military had offered him a job, which he would take if she didn't want him to stay in Sunnydale. After Xander talked some sense into her Buffy decided to ask him to stay, but it was too late and Riley had left already. Xander then went home and told Anya how much he loved her (Into The Woods 5.10).
''I've gotta say something... 'Cause... I don't think I've made it clear. I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love. The things you do... the way you think... the way you move... I get excited every time I'm about to see you. You make me feel like I've never felt before in my life. Like a man. I just thought you might wanna know.'' - Xander
As Buffy struggled to sort out her true and false memories of life with Dawn the former Slayer turned vampire, Yuki Makimura, came to Sunnydale with the intention of resurrecting her sire, the Master. Dawn ran away from home because no one would listen to her, but ended up staying at Spike's place as Harmony made a rather lame attempt on Buffy's life. When Buffy learned from Harmony that Dawn was with Spike Buffy made Dawn return home. Dawn had uncovered a gap in the Slayer history where the books seemed to indicate there was no Slayer. Spike confirmed there was a Slayer then, but she was deleted from the history books by the Council of Watchers. Rupert eventually broke down and admitted that Yuki was the missing Slayer. Yuki kidnapped Xander and took him to the remains of the old Sunnydale High School to use him as a vessel for the Master's spirit. Willow and Tara were able to find a spell that could delay the Master taking over Xander and Anya supplied a vapour blade that could be used to slay the
Master's astral form. Yuki was able to capture Spike and wanted to offer him to the Master, as the one who killed the Anointed One. Buffy and her friends arrived and discovered Xander. During the fight with Yuki and her vampire monks Rupert dropped the blade, but Dawn was able to retrieve it and slay the Master's astral form. Buffy then staked Yuki (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #35-#38).
When Rupert left the U.S. briefly to consult with the Council of Watchers, he left Anya in charge of his magic shop. Willow decided to use the shop to experiment on a spell to create sunlight, which would be useful against vampires. What she did do was accidentally released the troll Olaf, who had unknowingly been trapped in a crystal by witches long ago. Olaf set off on a rampage in the city and although he fought Buffy and Spike in the Bronze, they were unable to contain him. Eventually Olaf returned to the magic shop to kill Anya and Willow. Xander showed up and tried to save them, but Olaf was much too strong for him. Olaf was impressed with Xander's determination and told him he would only kill one of the girls, Xander's choice. Xander refused to choose one life over another, even after Olaf broke his hand. Anya pleaded with Olaf to take her if he left Xander alone, but then Buffy arrived and was able to defeat Olaf (Triangle 5.11).
''I-I'm not choosing between my girlfriend and my best friend. That's insane troll logic!'' - Xander
Buffy called the paramedics, but it was no use for her mother who died of an aneurysm. Rupert came and took care of arrangements as Buffy informed Dawn in school. Willow, Tara, Xander and Anya came to the hospital to support Buffy. At the hospital Dawn snuck in the morgue to see her mother and was attacked by a vampire, but Buffy saved her (The Body 5.16).
Warren was able to build Buffybot, and gave her to Spike about the time the real Buffy left Sunnydale to undertake a quest to learn her place in life. Although initially Spike and Buffybot spent time in their crypt enjoying each other's company, that night Buffybot snuck out to patrol for vampires, which was in her programming. She came across Xander and Anya , who thought she was the real Buffy. Spike then joined them trying to cover for Buffybot's strange actions, but they were interrupted by a small group of vampires. Buffybot and the others were able to slay the vampires, and Xander and Anya left. When Xander realized Buffy hadn't asked how her sister Dawn was (who was staying with others while Buffy was on her quest) Xander went back to find Buffy, only to discover Buffy and Spike on the ground of the graveyard... enjoying each other's company again. Xander rushed back to talk to his friends Willow and Tara.
They all agreed that Buffy was obviously delusional and they had to help her. Xander then confronted Spike at his crypt, but they were interrupted by the minions of Glory. The minions thought Spike might be the key because of the way Buffy had protected him. They knocked out Xander and took Spike. Buffybot was then alone and decided to find her programmed best friend Willow for help. Willow and the others teamed up with Buffybot, thinking she was Buffy, in planning an attack on Glory. When collecting weapons at Buffy's house they ran into the real Buffy who had just returned and realized the Buffy they had been with was a robot. The group, together with Rupert, then tracked down Glory's lair and was able to free Spike, who they let live so they could learn what he had told Glory. Buffybot was knocked out of commission by a minion of Glory.
The body was taken by Willow and examined. Buffy then went to Spike pretending to be Buffybot to learn what he had said, but when she learned he had protected Buffy and Dawn she kissed him and left instead of staking him. Spike wouldn't get Buffybot back (Intervention 5.18).
''No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well muscled.'' - Xander
While planning to confront the banished hell god Glorificus, Anya suggested they use the Dagon Sphere and the troll-hammer of Olaf in the fight, which ended up being very useful suggestions. Before the battle Xander asked Anya to marry him, and they became engaged. Although Glory was defeated, Buffy died saving the world from a dimensional rift (The Gift 5.22).
Several weeks later a work crew under Xander unearthed a safe containing the demon Veeya, who had been trapped and buried in Sunnydale long ago. Veeya fed off the gangs despair over Buffy's death until Buffy's sister Dawn was able to get the gang to remember all the goodness they felt for Buffy and fed it to the demon, killing it (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Lost and Found).
During an argument over how to carry on Buffy's patrolling without her Anya then suggested they replace her with Buffybot. Willow agreed it was a good idea and took the parts from Spike. She had Xander do the mechanical repairs and she did the electronics and programming. It took three weeks before their first successful field test slaying a vampire. They had to increase Buffybot's resistance to harm, as it usually ended battles near breakdown. Spike got Willow to try to remove most of Buffybot's romantic programming towards him as it annoyed him (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #44).
Willow contacted Doc's three brothers about getting a reliable resurrection spell, which they gave to her in trade for her destroying a scroll they wanted to get rid of. Destroying the scroll caused the release of the Luper, a giant demon bird, which killed Doc's brothers and then went on the rampage in Sunnydale. Willow was able to defeat the Luper. She then approached Tara, Xander and Anya with her plan to bring back Buffy, fearing that Buffy was trapped in a hell dimension. They agreed to try the spell and not tell Rupert (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #45).
Several months later Xander aided Willow in casting a spell to bring back Buffy from the dead. This spell was interrupted by a band of demon bikers looking to set up shop in Sunnydale. Although they didn't think the spell worked, Buffy did return from the dead (Bargaining Part 1 6.01 & Bargaining Part 2 6.02).
As Buffy adjusted to her return to the land of the living, odd occurrences started to happen. Images of the dead and short possessions by an angry spirit plagued the people who raised Buffy. Willow learned that as a side effect of her magic a demon spirit had been created which was stuck between realities. When it was discovered that the spirit would dissipate unless it killed Buffy, the spirit attacked Buffy, but Willow and Tara were able to make the spirit solid enough for Buffy to slay it. Buffy confessed to Spike that she hadn't been in hell at all during her death, but was in heaven, and the forced return to the hard cold reality of Earth after such an experience was almost too much for her, but she made him promise not to tell the others (Afterlife 6.03).
After returning home from her visit with Angel, Buffy decided to attend classes at U.C. Sunnydale along side Willow and Tara in an attempt to ease back into them for next semester. The Trio decided they had to deal with the Slayer before they could take over Sunnydale, so they put her through a series of tests, costing her her new jobs as a construction worker working with Xander and as a saleswoman at the Magic Box. Becoming depressed about her situation and inability to hold a job, Buffy spent the night getting drunk with Spike (Life Serial 6.05).
Buffy started her Slayer training under Rupert again in the Magic Box as Anya, Xander and Dawn speculated as to what happened when Buffy had her reunion with Angel. Willow thought Buffy was holding something back about her encounter with Angel, so she secretly cast a spell to force Buffy to open her heart to her. The spell backfired and summoned a flaming demon who went on a rampage to tear out Buffy's heart. Willow tried to send a telepathic warning to Anya, Dawn and Xander, but they didn't understand it. When the demon appeared at the Magic Box, Buffy was able to defeat it by hitting it with a fire extinguisher and then chopping it's head off. Willow never admitted to summoning the demon by mistake (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Reunion).
Xander finally announced their engagement to their friends on Halloween of 2001 (All The Way 6.06).
Xander came across a charm and spell to summon a musical demon, and tried it for some fun. What he ended up doing was summoning a demon called Sweet who forced the whole town of Sunnydale to break out into song, and causing the occasional case of spontanious human combustion. Tara learned that Willow had used a spell to make Tara forget a fight they had. The demon mistakenly thought Dawn had been the one who summoned it and tried to take her as his bride, but Buffy, Rupert, Willow, Rupert, Xander, Anya and Spike were able to confront Sweet and save Dawn. During the confrontation Buffy admitted to the group about how she was in heaven when she died, and how hard life was for her now. She also secretly started a relationship with Spike (Once More With Feeling 6.07).
''It could be witches! Some evil witches! Which is ridiculous, 'cause witches they were persecuted, Wicca good and love the earth and woman power and I'll be over here.'' - Xander
After Tara learned that Willow had used magic to make Tara forget a fight they had Tara warned Willow she was using too much magic. Although Willow agreed to go for one week without magic, Willow didn't keep her word and attempted to make everyone forget the whole event happened. The spell backfired causing Willow, Tara, Rupert, Buffy, Xander, Dawn and Spike to all lose their memories for an evening. To make things worse was that fact that a demonic loan shark was hunting for Spike and attacked them all at the Magic Box, but even without memories they were able to fight off the vampires (Tabula Rasa 6.08).
Buffy continued to have long nights of sex with Spike, putting stress on her relationship with Dawn because of her long absences. The vampire Velatti escaped from a pile of rubble and decided she could use Dawn to get to Buffy. Velatti and her demon bear companion kidnapped Dawn. Velatti attacked Spike and then Buffy, but when Buffy was winning Velatti mentioned Dawn and Buffy ran off to find Dawn. Buffy discovered the broken window at her house and found Tara, who helped her try to find Dawn. As Xander, Anya and Willow were getting food at the Doublemeat Palace the demon bear arrived with Dawn and Velatti. Xander tried to take them down, but was overpowered. Willow almost used magic to stop them, but couldn't bring herself to cast a spell. Anya was able to distract Velatti with magical bubbleflies Anya intended to use at her wedding while Xander took on the demon bear, leaping on it's back and choking it with a mop handle. Buffy arrived and took on Velatti, but she got the best of Buffy. As Velatti was
gloating Spike snuck up behind her and staked her (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #46).
''The winner and still champeen... Xander Harris!'' - Xander
When Xander and Anya were getting married Tara was invited to be a bridesmaid, along side Buffy, Dawn and the demon Halfrek. Willow was Xander's best man. Spike, attempting to make Buffy jealous, brought a date to the wedding. Through all the troubles that plagued the wedding, including Xander's drunk family, Anya's demon co-workers, and an attack by a demonic former victim on Anya's, Xander decided to call off the wedding, leaving Anya at the alter and heartbroken (Hell's Bells 6.16).
Anya then accepted D'Hoffryn's offer to become a vengeance demon again. She returned to Sunnydale and when Xander didn't want to marry her, just continue dating, she attempted to wish him out of existence, but was frustrated because she couldn't grant her own wishes. She attempted to get Willow, Tara, Dawn and Buffy to wish something bad on Xander, but they were not any help. She then planned on getting Spike drunk and getting him to make a wish, but they ended up having sex together in the Magic Box. Through a secret camera planted by the Trio that the scoobies had uncovered Xander discovered Anya and Spike having sex and nearly killed Spike for it. During the fight it was revealed that Spike and Buffy had been having sex, and Xander walked away disgusted in both Anya and Buffy's choice in lovers. Tara approached Willow about making up (Entropy 6.18).
Buffy spent the night looking for the Trio's base as Tara and Willow spent the night together making up, something that pleased Dawn to no end. Buffy found their base abandoned, and got out with some of their documents as she was attacked by giant buzz saws. Buffy returned home where Dawn, Tara and Willow aided her in going through the documents. Anya attempted to go back to avenging wronged women, but found she only was concerned with her own troubles and not those of others. The Trio acquired the skin of a Nezzla demon. Dawn visited Spike in his crypt, wanting to know if sleeping with Anya was worth it and if he really loved Buffy. Jonathan wore the skin of the demon to sneak into their lair and steal the orbs of Nezzla'Khan, which Warren used to become super strong and invulnerable. Buffy visited Xander and tried to make up with him, but he was too hurt over finding out Buffy was sleeping with Spike. Buffy went out patrolling and a vampire hurt her back. When she got home Spike followed her in and
talked to her in the bathroom. He apologized for having sex with Anya. Buffy admitted she had feelings for him, but it wasn't love, because she could never trust him. Angry, Spike started for force himself on her, but she resisted him and kicked him across the room, shocking him into realizing what he was doing. Ashamed, Spike left her. At the Bronze Warren tested out the orbs by picking up women, beating on their boyfriends and robbing the place. Xander walked in and tried to fight Warren, but Warren was too powerful for him. Jonathan convinced Warren to leave so they could do a robbery they had planned. Xander returned to Buffy's place where he found her still lying on the flood in the bathroom. Willow arrived informed Buffy of a robbery in the plans that had to be done tonight. Spike returned to his crypt where Clem visited to share hot wings and watch Knight Rider. Spike told Clem he blamed the chip for everything and how he needed to change things. Warren then attempted an armored truck theft, but
Buffy arrived and they fought. Warren was winning the fight, but Jonathan snuck Buffy a hint about destroying the orbs. Once they were gone Warren didn't stand a chance, so he used a jet pack to escape. Andrew and Jonathan were captured by the police. Spike rode out of town vowing things would change when he returned. The next morning Xander visited Buffy in her yard and they made up for their differences. Warren arrived wanting vengeance on Buffy and shot her, with a stray bullet hitting Tara, who was standing with Willow in the upstairs bedroom (Seeing Red 6.19).
Tara died in Willow's arms as the paramedics took Buffy to the hospital. Willow tried to call on Osiris to bring back Tara, but she was told she couldn't reverse a natural passing with magic. Grief stricken Willow asked what happened, Xander said Warren shot at Buffy and Willow went out to get the magic she needed. Xander went with Buffy to Sunnydale Memorial. Andrew and Jonathan sat in jail waiting to be charged. Warren went to a demon bar to celebrate killing Buffy, were he learned that of a report of a girl was shot in her yard, but she survived and was in the hospital. Willow arrived at the Magic Box where she paralyzed Anya and drained all the magic from the black arts books. Dawn arrived home and discovered Tara's body. Warren decided to go to the warlock Rack for the power he needed to escape the Slayer. Rack informed him that Willow was out for blood because of Tara's death. Rack paid him for the things he needed to hide from and fight Willow. Buffy was faltering on the surgery table at the
hospital when Willow arrived and healed her with magic. Willow then lead Xander and Buffy on a hunt for Warren. Warren sent a robot of himself on a bus to Mexico, tricking Willow into thinking it was him. Willow confronted the robot and destroyed it. When Xander and Buffy wondered why she was acting like she was Willow explained that Tara was dead. When Xander and Buffy wouldn't help her kill Warren Willow left on her own to do the job. Buffy and Xander returned to her home where they found Dawn weeping near Tara's body. Xander called the police and they took the body away. Xander decided to look for Willow at the Magic Box. Dawn wanted to help find Willow, but Buffy insisted she stay safe at Spike's crypt. Willow used Tara's blood to lead her to Warren. When Buffy and Dawn arrived at the crypt they discovered Clem house sitting for Spike, who left town. At the Magic Box
Anya told Xander and Buffy she was a vengeance demon again and she could sense Willow. Willow was able to track Warren down in the woods. He used every trick he had on her, but he was out matched by her magic fury. Willow captured, tortured and then skinned Warren alive right as Buffy, Xander and Anya arrived. After killing Warren Willow went off to kill Andrew and Jonathan (Villains 6.20).
As Willow flew off to kill Jonathan and Andrew, Buffy and Xander raced to stop her and Anya teleported ahead. Xander discovered Willow had wrecked his car, so Buffy took off on foot. In the jail Anya arrived and tried to convince the police to let Andrew and Warren go. Willow arrived and started to tear open the jail walls, but Buffy got them out before Willow finished. Xander arrived in a stolen police car and they took off until they could figure out what to do with Willow. Willow then attacked the car with a semi-truck, but she ran low on magic power. Dawn talked Clem into helping her get to Willow. Dawn got Clem to help her track down Rack. Buffy, Xander, Anya, Jonathan and Andrew made their way to the Magic Box hoping to find something that could stop Willow. Anya had a book of anti-magic, but she wasn't sure she could translate it.
Willow went to Rack's place to recharge with magic energy, where she found Rack and drained him to death. Dawn and Clem found Rack's place. As Clem waited in the lobby Dawn discovered Rack's dead body and Willow. Willow started to threaten Dawn, but then Buffy arrived. Buffy tried to talk Willow down but she wouldn't listen, and teleported them all back to the Magic Box. Willow tried to fry Andrew and Jonathan with magic, but Anya got the anti-magic spell working and blocked it. Spike defeated the first trial. Willow kept trying magic spells to no avail until she tried one making herself super-strong, and she started fighting Buffy. Xander and Dawn ran away with Andrew and Jonathan as Buffy and Willow fought and Anya hid, keeping up the anti-magic spell. Willow discovered Anya and knocked her out, then with her magic unhindered knocked out Buffy. As Willow was gloating Rupert arrived and knocked Willow for a loop (Two To Go 6.21).
Rupert quickly bound Willow and explained that a coven in England had seen the rise of a dark power fueled by grief in Sunnydale and a seer had seen the death of Tara. So the coven imbued him with their powers and teleported him to Sunnydale to stop it. Buffy caught Rupert up on events in Sunnydale as he planned to have the coven strip Willow of her powers, but Willow escaped the binding by tricking Anya. Rupert was unable to bind Willow again. Willow and Rupert fought until Willow knocked Rupert down and she sent a fireball to kill Andrew and Jonathan. Buffy had to run to save them before the fireball arrived, leaving Rupert and Willow alone. Willow then beat and drained Rupert of his powers. On a new power rush Willow suddenly found herself connected to every thing around her and unable to take the pain of it all decided it had to end. In a cemetery, Xander, Dawn, Andrew and Jonathan narrowly escaped the fireball as Buffy arrived to save them.
Buffy and Dawn fell into a fissure in the ground and Xander was knocked unconscious. Andrew and Jonathan decided to high-tail it to Mexico. Anya awoke and found Rupert, dying from Willow's magic. Rupert was able to sense Willow through their magical connection. He said Willow planned on ending the world to stop her pain. In the cemetery Buffy and Dawn were trapped underground. Xander tried to help them but then Anya teleported in and told them how Willow planned to use a buried satanic temple to end the world. Rupert had told her no magic or supernatural force could stop Willow. Xander heard this and rushed to stop her. Anya returned to Rupert to comfort him as he died. Willow decided Buffy should go down fighting so Willow summoned earth elementals to take kill Buffy and Dawn. Dawn and Buffy were able to fight the elementals together. Xander arrived at the temple and blocked Willow's spells with his body, professing that no matter what, he loved her and wanted to be with her as the world ended.
Willow couldn't bring herself to kill him and she broke down in his arms, the elementals disappearing. With Willow's stolen powers relinquished, Rupert recovered, saying he had hoped the true magic she took from him would spark her humanity, allowing Xander to reach her. Buffy was so impressed with the way Dawn handled herself she decided she wanted to show Dawn the world, not protect her from it (Grave 6.22).
''I'm not joking. I know you're in pain. I can't imagine the pain you're in, and I know you're about to do something apocalyptically evil and stupid, and hey, I still want to hang. You're Willow... First day of kindergarten. You cried because you broke the yellow crayon, and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far, ending the world, not a terrific notion, but the thing is? Yeah. I love you. I loved crayon-breaky Willow and I love... scary veiny Willow. So if I'm going out, it's here. If you wanna kill the world? Well, then start with me. I've earned that... It doesn't matter. I'll still love you.'' - Xander
When Sunnydale was invaded by a demonic army Xander and Dawn were taken captive along with many other residents of the town in the old Initiative caves. Anya attempted to aid them as Buffy was forced by the demons to fight manifestations of her old foes, both living and dead. Buffy was aided in escaping the caves by her old friend Pike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #48).
When Faith and Angel arrived in Sunnydale they were able to track the demonic invasion in the town to the old Initiative caves beneath Lowell House. There they were confronted by the Scourge. The two managed to save Xander, Dawn and Anya from being sacrificed to make soul drops, but then the whole group was captured (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #49).
Angel, Faith, Xander, Dawn and Anya found themselves confronting the Scourge's new leader, Adam, who had become a living holographic computer program. Buffy and Pike were able to break into Adam's headquarters. Buffy shut down the vat making the soul drops and then the others were able to defeat the Scourge. Once Buffy learned Adam was using the gladiatorial fights to power the Initiative and his computers she was able to talk the demons in the ring in into not fighting each other and Adam lost power. Buffy and her friends then returned to Buffy's house where Xander took care filling in the Initiative caves. Angel told Buffy and Dawn he had a teenage son now. After Angel and Faith left Pike told the others the story of when he and Buffy went to Las Vegas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer #50).
Buffy then started training Dawn in combating vampires, taking her out on patrols until school started. Xander and his construction crew were involved in rebuilding Sunnydale High. Buffy and Xander took Dawn to school her first day, but Buffy was wary that the rebuilt school might hold some unseen evil and stayed on campus. Buffy met the new principal, Robin Wood, who said he knew her reputation. Dawn and two other students ended up being attacked by spirit manifestations. Dawn called Buffy for help and Buffy joined her. Buffy found Spike living in the basement of the school, and he let her know the spirits were called forth with a talisman. Buffy called Xander and he found the talisman and destroyed it. When the principal discovered Buffy getting along with Dawn and her classmates, he offered her a position as a councilor at the school, which she accepted (Lessons 7.01).
''I've got two crews working on this diabolical yet lucrative new campus. One here finishing the science building, and one here, reinforcing the gym. There are no pentagrams, no secret passageways. Everything's up to code and safe as houses.'' - Xander
Anya tried to get respect from her demon piers by granting a wish for a girl named Nancy. Nancy wished her boyfriend Ronnie was a worm. Anya turned him into a giant worm demon who then started stalking Nancy. When Nancy was attacked by the demon worm she ran into Xander, who took Nancy to Buffy and Dawn. They all investigated the worm attack with the help of Spike, who insisted they needed him. Xander figured out that Anya was responsible and they confronted her at the Bronze. While Spike was threatening Anya she noticed he had a human soul, and Spike turned violent. Nancy ran off and the demon attacked her again. Spike and Buffy tried to stop the demon, but Spike struck it just Xander was able to talk Anya into reversing her wish, rendering the Ronnie human again. Spike seemed to snap when he learned he hurt a human and ran off to a church. Buffy followed and learned that he had gotten a human soul and it was driving him insane (Beneath You 7.02).
''Please, outside of drugs, and violence, and unwanted pregnancy, and, uh, unleashing of hordes of armageddon that comes pouring out of the school's foundation every now and then... what trouble could these kids have?'' - Xander
Willow returned to Sunnydale only to find that Buffy, Xander and Dawn were no where to be found. Meanwhile the three friends were perplexed as they waited for Willow to return. They all discovered a dead student at a construction site in the new high school, who had been skinned alive. Buffy worried that it might be Willow's work if she went evil again, but Dawn discovered references to a skin eating demon called Gnarl. Willow went to Spike and Anya for help finding her friends and the demon who killed the boy. Eventually they all found their way to the cave Gnarl lived in, but Dawn was injured and Willow was trapped in the cave. Buffy and Xander got Dawn to safety, then returned when Anya told them Willow was at the cave. After Buffy defeated Gnarl and Anya explained that they friends somehow couldn't see each other, the spell was broken and they were able to see each other. They took Willow home, where she recovered from the injuries she received from Gnarl. Willow explained that her lack of control of
her magic and fear of seeing her friend again had somehow cast a spell that made them not be able to see each other. Buffy then aided her in meditation (Same Time, Same Place 7.03).
''Well, I've avoided Giles tons of times. Just meant I was lazy, not evil.'' - Xander
Buffy began actual work at Sunnydale High as Willow visited Tara's grave. At school, Buffy met Cassie Newton, who let it slip during counseling that she knew she would die on Friday. Buffy tried to stop fate, having Dawn befriend Cassie as the Willow and Xander research her. When Friday came a group of school boys kidnapped Cassie and tried to sacrifice her to the demon Avilas, but Buffy and Spike were able to save her and slay the demon. After being saved Cassie fell over and died of a natural heart condition. Buffy, Willow, Dawn and Xander had to accept that fact that they couldn't save everyone, but they did do some good (Help 7.04).
''Figuring out how to control your magic seems a lot like hammering a nail. Well, hear me out. So you're hammering, right? If you hold the end of the hammer, you have the power, but no control. It takes, like, two strokes to hit the nail in. Or you could hit your thumb... So you choke up. Control, but no power. You could take, like, ten strokes to knock the nail in. Power, control. It's a trade-off.'' - Xander
Anya then attempted to get back into the vengeance gig by granting the wish of a girl who was humiliated by several college fraternity boys. She wished that they knew what it was like to get their hearts ripped out, so Anya summoned a spider-demon who ate hearts and killed all the fraternity boys. Anya was shocked and horrified at what she had done and tried to leave, but Willow, who re-applying to U.C. Sunnydale, saw her and discovered the bodies and the demon. Willow told Buffy and Xander about the spider-demon, and they hunted it down and killed it. Willow confronted Anya about the deaths. Unable to get Anya to do anything Willow told Buffy and Xander about Anya's involvement in the deaths, and Buffy came to the conclusion she had to kill Anya. Xander was shocked at this and attempted to stop her, still being in love with Anya. As Anya and Buffy came to blows Willow summoned Anya's boss D'Hoffryn and had a talk with him. D'Hoffryn interrupted the fight between Buffy and Anya, wanting to know what Anya
wanted. She wished she could return the boys to life. D'Hoffryn offered to bring them back, but said it would cost the life of a vengeance demon to do so. Anya agreed, thinking she was sacrificing herself to save the boys, but then D'Hoffryn killed Anya's demon friend Halfrek to return the boys, then made Anya human, so she could live in pain over what she had done. Anya then decided she needed to be alone to figure out who she really was (Selfless 7.05).
''Did everybody have their crazy flakes today? You guys are friends. How could you talk like this?'' - Xander
A demon attempted to kill Anya for D'Hoffryn, but Buffy slew the demon. Buffy then decided she had to get Spike out of the basement of Sunnydale High School, so she got him to move in with Xander, despite his protests. Dawn then came to notice a high school football star named R.J. Brooks and became obsessed with him, going so far as to try out for the Sunnydale High School Cheer Leaders and sabotage a rival football player's career. Eventually she even dressed like a slut and got him to notice her. Buffy wasn't happy at this development. When Buffy tried to have a talk with R.J. she ended up falling madly for him too. Xander determined it must be a love spell working on the sisters. While Xander and Spike were able to discover that R.J.'s family had a history of being good with women because of an enchanted letterman's jacket, Willow and Anya also fell under the spell. The girls then started to compete for R.J.'s heart. Willow attempted to turn him into a woman with magic, to eliminate the competition for
him from other women.
Buffy tried to kill the principal who had been tough with R.J. at school. Anya went on a thieving spree to try to win his heart, and Dawn tried to kill herself to prove her eternal love. Spike and Xander were able to interrupt Willow's spell, stop Buffy from killing the principal and together they saved Dawn. They then were able to steal the jacket from R.J. and burn it, freeing the girls from the spell (Him 7.06).
''You're gonna live in that small room over there. I know it looks like a closet, but it's a room now. You're not gonna touch my food. I take the first shower in the morning, and if I use up all the hot water, that's your tough noogies, and I hate this plan. Are you keeping up, or do you need some kind of English-to-Constant-Pain-In-My-Ass translation?'' - Xander
Buffy went to Xander's house to check up on Spike after learning he might be killing again. She discovered Spike was out for the night and told Xander what she had learned. He agreed to have Spike watched to learn if he was killing again. Buffy then went home to and discovered the house torn up with Willow and Dawn up stairs. Willow told Buffy that they were both visited by evil spirits in the night pretending to be people they knew. Buffy told them about her knowledge of Spike, but they were worried it might also be a false lead. Xander got Anya to watch over Spike until he left for the evening. Buffy tracked Spike, and discovered he was meeting women, but wasn't able to follow. Spike was killing again, but under the hypnotic control of a mysterious spirit manifestation only he could see. Buffy confronted Spike about his meetings with girls, but he claimed he couldn't hurt anyone and wouldn't want to anyway. He merely spent time with girls because he missed Buffy. Willow researched on the computer and
discovered a rash of missing persons in the last few days. Spike started to remember bits and pieces of the killings, and started to investigate, even going so far as escaping from Xander's watch of him. Spike went to the Bronze where he was met by a female vampire who claimed he had recently sired her. Spike and the vampire fought and he staked her. Spike then remembered more and called Buffy, telling her to meet him at a house. Spike told her he remembered killing people and burying them in the basement. The spirit then activated Spike's hypnotic trigger again and he attacked Buffy, being joined by the vampires rising from the basement floor. Spike couldn't bring himself to hurt Buffy and broke out of the spirit's control, while Buffy staked the other vampires. Spike tried to get Buffy to stake him for what he had done, but she refused to play along, guessing there was an invisible force playing them all. Buffy then took Spike home to try to learn what he knew of the evil spirit which was haunting them
all (Sleeper 7.08).
''Why would a vampire lie about who sired him. What's that? Some kind of status symbol for the undead. My sire can beat up your sire.'' - Xander
Buffy tied Spike up in her bedroom to see to his recovery and try to find out what he knew about what was haunting them all. Buffy tried calling the Council of Watchers in an attempt to locate Rupert, but they were no help. Willow went to the butcher shop to pick up some pig's blood to feed Spike, only to come across her old enemy Andrew, who was also buying large amounts of pig's blood. Suspicious of Andrew's motivations Willow forced him to return with her to Buffy's house, where Anya and Xander interrogated him. Fearing Andrew would talk the spirit haunting Spike triggered his killer personality and sent him after Andrew. Spike escaped and bit Andrew right as he was telling everything he knew about the Seal of Danzalthar he was trying to activate with the blood. Buffy saved Andrew and chained Spike up in the basement. The house was then attacked by men in robes who abducted Spike. After they made their escape Buffy recognized one of them as the Harbingers of the First Evil, and realized it was the First
Evil who was haunting them all this time. The Harbingers then took Spike to the seal and used his blood to release a powerful Turok-Han vampire trapped under it (Never Leave Me 7.09).
''Well, there was this one guy-there was this one guy, he, uh, he hurt her real bad, so she paid him back. She killed him, but she did it real slow. See first she stopped his heart, then she replaced it with darkness, then she made him live his life like that, but he still had to go do his job and see his friends and wake up in the morning and go to bed at night, but he had to do it all empty. Without anything to look forward to. Ever.'' - Xander
Buffy, Anya, Willow and Dawn tried to research the First Evil as Xander repaired the home from the attack by the Harbingers. They did not find much useful information. Buffy was visited by the image of her mother in a dream, but she thought it might be the First Evil. When Andrew recovered Buffy had him take the gang to the Seal of Danzalthar. The seal was abandoned and with all the blood around them they figured it had been activated. Willow attempted to use a locating spell to find the First, but this caused the First to manifest, briefly possessing Willow. Xander saved her by breaking an urn used in the spell. Rupert unexpectedly arrived with three Slayers in training, Annabelle, Kennedy and Molly. He explained that the First Evil had declared war on the Council of Watchers and the Slayers. He stole what he could from the Council headquarters before it was destroyed and brought that information and the Slayers in training to Sunnydale. Kennedy seemed to make a pass at Willow, who was shocked. Buffy went
out on patrol with Rupert and found the place where the Harbingers were last time she fought them. She was attacked by the Turok-Han, who was beating her until he had to retreat because of the rising sun. Buffy went to work that day and unsuccessfully tried to research the First Evil online. That night Annabelle got frightened and ran away, only to be killed by the Turok-Han. Buffy fought him and was severely beaten again and left for dead under a pile of rubble. Xander found Buffy and brought her back home. After recovering from her wounds Buffy awoke and told the others they were going to war against the First Evil (Bring On The Night 7.10).
''Hey, junior Slayers, don't look so worried. I mean, sure, we don't know where Spike is, or how to fight The First, or if and when the super style vampire is gonna attack us all. However, house, boarded up. Now all we gotta do is trap this ubervamp in a pantry, and it's game over.'' - Xander
Young potential Slayers Chloe, Eve and Vi came to live with Buffy in her home over the next week. Buffy went to pick up another potential Slayer named Rona at the bus stop and had to fight off several Harbingers. Unable to find any useful information on how they could fight the First Evil, Rupert suggested they consult an oracle known as Beljoxa's Eye. Anya was against the idea of consulting the eye, but Buffy insisted they needed to try. Willow was contacted by a friend in her coven who learned another potential Slayer had come to Sunnydale and was staying at a motel. Buffy and Xander went to find the girl but were shocked to find the long dead body of Eve. Buffy raced home to confront what was actually the First Evil pretending to be Eve. The First told them to prepare for a visitor after the sun went down, then vanished. Buffy, Xander and Willow covertly formulated a plan to kill the Turok-Han and boost the moral of the potential Slayers by having them witness Buffy slaying it. That night they lead the
Turok-Han to a construction site and Buffy was able to behead it. Buffy then went to the First's caves and rescued Spike (Showtime 7.11).
Buffy and Spike took to training the potential Slayers for action in their war with the First Evil, as she continued her work as a councilor at Sunnydale High School. Willow received a phone call from her coven that they had located another potential Slayer who was already living in Sunnydale. Willow, Xander, Dawn and Anya performed a spell to locate the new Slayer and were shocked when the spell seemed to indicate that the person they were looking for was Dawn. Dawn asked the others not to tell Buffy right away, then sneaked out to clear her head about the idea of what she was. Buffy and Spike took the potential Slayers to the graveyard, where Buffy and Spike locked the girls in with a crypt with a newborn vampire, which they defeated. While walking Dawn ran into schoolmate Amanda, who was having a bad night. Amanda had been attacked by a vampire at the school, which she was able to get away from. Dawn decided to try herself as a potential Slayer and face the vampire with Amanda. When Willow, Xander
and Anya discovered Dawn was missing they went to get Buffy to help find her. Dawn and Amanda tried to face the vampire, but seemed out matched. During the fight Dawn realized that Amanda was actually the one the spell indicated was the potential Slayer, as Amanda was outside the house when the spell was cast, right behind Dawn. Dawn talked Amanda into facing the vampire and Amanda was able to slay it right as Buffy arrived. Afterwards Amanda joined the ranks of the potential Slayers. Xander had a talk to Dawn about the difficulties of not being chosen or having powers, yet fighting evil, which made her feel better (Potential 7.12).
''Seven years, Dawn. Working with the Slayer. Seeing my friends get more and more powerful. A witch. A demon. Hell, I could fit Oz in my shaving kit, but come a full moon, he had a wolfy mojo not to be messed with. Powerful. All of them, and I'm the guy who fixes the windows... I saw what you did last night... You thought you were all special. Miss Sunnydale 2003, and the minute you found out you weren't, you handed the crown to Amanda without a moment's pause. You gave her your power... They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it, but I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary.'' - Xander
To help the potential Slayers learn more about what they were Rupert took them out to the desert to commune with the spirit of the first Slayer. Xander, Anya, Dawn and Andrew received a phone call from a watcher, who told them he thought that the Harbingers had killed Rupert in England. Unable to recall if they saw Rupert touch anything since returning to Sunnydale, they worried he might be the First Evil in disguise and drove out to the desert to find him. They found Rupert and grabbing him learned he was solid, and they were embarrassed (The Killer In Me 7.13).
Rupert was very upset to learn that Buffy had Spike's chip removed, but she insisted it would be okay. Buffy decided to investigate Principal Robin Wood, only to end up being asked out on a date with him, which she accepted. Xander also asked a woman named Lissa out at the hardware store and got a date, which made Anya very jealous. As Buffy and Xander were out on their dates Andrew was contacted by the First Evil, in the form of Jonathan. The First Evil wanted Andrew to get the gun Willow bought and use it to kill the potential Slayers. Buffy and Robin were jumped by a pack of vampires on their date, but they both quickly dispatched the demons. Andrew pretended to go along with the First, but secretly set up an operation with Willow, Dawn, Kennedy and Amanda to try to learn about the First's motives and weaknesses. The First discovered it was being duped and became very angry. Willow got a distress text message on her cell phone from Xander, sending Spike to track down Buffy on her date. On their date
Robin admitted he was the son of a former Slayer, and that he hunted vampires on the side. He also admitted he knew who Buffy really was and that's why he hired her at the school. Spike interrupted them at a restaurant, telling them Xander was in danger and the three were able to save Xander from Lissa, who was about to sacrifice him in an attempt to raise another Turok-Han vampire. Robin discovered Spike was a vampire and became suspicious. Later at home the First Evil appeared to Robin in the form of his mother and told him that Spike was the vampire who killed her (First Date 7.14).
''This can't just happen. It can't just keep happening that demon women find me attractive. There's gotta be a reason.'' - Xander
Buffy continued to train the new potential Slayers who arrived in her home. She introduced Robin to her operation.
When he brought over the bag that used to belong to his mother Buffy opened it to find a book and storytelling tools which told of the origin of the first Slayer. The story took on a life of it's own and a portal opened which Buffy entered. She found herself face to face with the Shadow Men, those who created the first Slayer. Back in Buffy's home her place in this world was taken by a demon. The demon trashed the place and escaped. Theorizing that they would need the demon to get Buffy back home, Spike captured it as Willow, Anya, Dawn and Kennedy combined efforts to open a portal to send the demon back. The Shadow Men offered to give Buffy more demonic power, but she refused it, not wanting to become less human then she already was. They then offered her knowledge of what was to come, and showed her a vision of an army of Turok-Han. Willow barely was able to control the magic energy in the spell she was casting, and had to drain some energy from Kennedy and Anya to make it work. As Willow lost complete
control Xander was able to ground her and return her to normal. The portal open and demon thrown in, Buffy returned home. Kennedy took some time to come to grips with being used by Willow (Get It Done 7.15).
''It's cryptic. I don't like it. Every time instructions get cryptic, someone gets hurt, usually me.'' - Xander
Andrew attempted to film a documentary about the life of the Slayer, in which he interviewed Xander and Anya together, leading to them making peace with each other and having breakup-sex in Buffy's basement (Storyteller 7.16).
''It's too bad Buffy took Spike's chains down, huh?'' - Xander
Xander helped house the increasing number of potential Slayers coming to Sunnydale at his place. When Caleb, an agent of the First Evil, came to Sunnydale, Buffy commanded an ill-fated attack on his hideout at a vineyard. In the fight Caleb severely injured Xander's left eye, killed and injured several potential Slayers, and defeated Buffy and Faith with ease. Willow stayed with him at the hospital as he recovered, but he lost the use of the eye (Dirty Girls 7.18).
''Matthew Broderick did not kill Godzilla. He killed a big, dumb lizard that was not the real Godzilla.'' - Xander
Once Xander was released from the hospital he rejoined Buffy and the potential Slayers at her home in time for them to all vote her out of power and put Faith in charge of their group. Even Willow, Anya and Dawn sided against Buffy. Buffy left, at Dawn's request, because Dawn knew Buffy would never be able to follow their orders (Empty Places 7.19).
''Oh, you know what the best part is? No one will ever make me watch Jaws 3-D again.'' - Xander
Xander and Anya had one last fling in Buffy's kitchen (Touched 7.20).
Worrying that the final confrontation with the First Evil would be too dangerous, Buffy convinced Xander to kidnap Dawn and take her away from Sunnydale. Although Xander was successful in taking her, when she awoke she knocked him out and took them back to Sunnydale (End of Days 7.21).
''I got hurt, but I'm not done. I can still fight... I just always thought that I would, I would be there with you, you know, for the end... Well, not that this is the end... No, no, no. By the end, I meant, uh... a heroic, uplifting way. See, I'm still optimistic. You're just thrown off a little by this gritty-looking eye patch.'' - Xander
Buffy lead the potential Slayers and her friends in an attack on the Seal of Danzalthar. She gave Spike an amulet given to her by Angel as her Champion, then positioned Xander, Rupert, Dawn, Anya, Andrew and Robin to protect the exits and lead the potentials into the seal. Willow and Kennedy cast a spell that empowered all the potential Slayers with full Slayer strength. Buffy fought bravely against the horde of Turok-Han vampires inside the seal, but was severely out-numbered. Anya was killed by a Harbinger of the First Evil. Spike's amulet activated and rays of pure light decimated the ranks of the Turok-Han. Buffy's team retreated as Spike stayed to finish the job, causing the collapse of the seal and destruction of the entire town of Sunnydale as well as his own death. The survivors in Buffy's group escaped in a school bus and made it out of town at the last moment (Chosen 7.22).
''If you have to go to the bathroom, it's to your left. If you don't have to go to the bathroom, picture what you're about to face. Better to go now.'' - Xander
Powers: Xander has an enhanced swimming ability thanks to his exposure to genetic material meant to make him a better swimmer (Go Fish 2.20) and has access to military training thanks to his transformation into a soldier for a night (Halloween 2.06). Xander reads and speaks Klingon.
When Xander was possessed by the spirit of a hyena he exhibited enhanced strength and heightened senses, as well as developing a bad attitude and a taste for fresh raw meat (The Pack 1.06).
Xander once used a spell to combine abilities with Willow, Rupert and Buffy to form the spiritual heart of a super-Buffy (Primeval 4.21).
Xander was once hit by a bolt from the Ferula-gemina which split him into two beings with different traits from Xander (The Replacement 5.03).