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Note: This article is about the ex-demon. For other uses, see Anya.

For a thousand years I wielded the powers of the wish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshiped across the mortal globe and now I'm stuck at Sunnydale High! Mortal. Child. And I'm flunking math.

Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins[1][2] was a member of the Scooby Gang[3] and a former vengeance demon.[4] Over a thousand years old, she was originally known as Aud and lived in Sweden. After cursing her unfaithful lover, Aud was approached by the demon D'Hoffryn with the offer of becoming an immortal demon and dedicating her life to vengeance.[5] She accepted and was transformed into Anyanka, earning the title of Patron Saint of Scorned Women[4] as she spent a millennium granting dark wishes to the girlfriends and wives against men.[6]

However, Anyanka met her downfall in 1998 when she took the guise of the high school student Anya Jenkins and came to grant a wish in Sunnydale. Stripped of her demonhood by an alternate version of Rupert Giles, she lost her powers and was forced to live her life as a human.[4]

Anya came to fall in love with Alexander "Xander" Harris, the man she was originally sent to punish.[7] They got engaged;[8] but he did not want to get married straight away and left her at the altar.[9] Anya became a vengeance demon once again, but her guilt over causing deaths made her give up on her powers.[5] She rejoined the Scooby Gang in their campaign against the First Evil and died fighting in the battle at the Hellmouth.[10]



I don't talk to people much. I mean, I talk to them, but they don't talk to me. Except to say 'Your questions are irksome' and 'Perhaps you should take your furs and your literal interpretations to the other side of the river'.

Aud shows her jealous side.

Aud was born in 860. She grew up raising rabbits and became the outsider of her village in Sjornjost, Sweden, whose inhabitants labeled her as "odd because she [spoke] her mind." By the age of twenty, Aud had fallen in love with a man named Olaf, a Viking warrior who enjoyed hunting trolls and drinking at the bar. One night, Olaf drunkenly slept with a bar maid named Rannveig and a furious Aud resorted to magic to curse him with simple vengeance spells like boils on his penis. She then used the Thornton's Hope spell to turn him into a troll and he was forced to flee from his fellow villagers, who did not believe his story.[5]


Vengeance is what I do, Halfrek. I don't need anything else. Vengeance is what I am.

Aud receives a proposition from D'Hoffryn to abandon her human life and become a vengeance demon.

The act of vengeance against her lover Olaf gained the attention of D'Hoffryn, a demon who offered to elevate Aud to the status of a vengeance demon.[5] She became known as Anyanka and earned the title of "Patron Saint of Scorned Women." Her power source was the Symbol of Anyanka, an amulet with the power to grant dark wishes for the amusement of the pestilent deities.[4] However, like all vengeance demons, Anyanka's interpretation of the wish expressed would often be rather loose and considerably more destructive than the wisher intended.[11]


Anyanka with Halfrek in 1905 St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1199, Anyanka traveled to the Kastka valleys above the Urals to curse an unfaithful shepherd and was caught in the middle of a sorcerer's Ascension to the form of the demon Lohesh.[12] She managed to escape, but was shocked by the death and carnage which claimed almost the entire village. In the 16th century, Anyanka came to know the French sorcerer Cloutier who, despite inventing a spell hated by demons, Tirer la Couverture, she thought he was cute.[13]

She met the famous vampire Dracula in 1579 who left a positive impression on her by congratulating her on having made a man incredibly fat[14] and was present at the Salem witch trials in 1692.[15] In the 19th century, Anyanka became close friends with fellow vengeance demon Halfrek, who she shared a fierce rivalry with during the Crimean War.[16] Despite their competition, Halfrek secretly admired Anyanka and was impressed when a wish she granted sparked a revolution in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1905.[5] In 1914, Anyanka went to Chicago, Illinois to exact vengeance on a philanderer called Stewart Burns, transforming him into a grotesque demon and banishing him to a hell dimension for all eternity.[9] At a certain point, she was friends with Gnarl.[17]

Anya Jenkins

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Anyanka in her vengeance demon form.

In 1998, Anyanka arrived in Sunnydale, California to punish teenager Xander Harris for cheating on his girlfriend Cordelia Chase with his best friend, Willow Rosenberg. Taking on the guise of Anya, she enrolled herself at Sunnydale High School and befriended Cordelia Chase in order to trick her into making a wish. Blaming the Slayer Buffy Summers for everything that was wrong in her life, Cordelia wished that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, which transported her to a grim alternate universe where the Master had risen and both Xander and Willow were vampires. Unfortunately for Anyanka, the Watcher Rupert Giles discovered what was going on and destroyed her amulet, undoing Cordelia's wish and rendering Anya powerless and mortal.[4]

As punishment for her failure, D'Hoffryn refused to restore her powers, so Anya was forced to live out her life as a mortal and powerless human. Determined to get her powers back, Anya managed to trick Willow, who was a witch, into helping her retrieve her amulet from the alternate universe. Instead, they accidentally pulled out the vampire version of Willow, who proceeded to cause mayhem in Sunnydale. When Anya realized her mistake, she allied herself with the vampire Willow, but they were both captured by Buffy and the Scooby Gang, who forced her to send the vampire Willow back to her own reality.[6]

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Anya and Xander at the prom.

Anya continued to live her life as a high school student and, despite her abhorrence of all men, she yearned to have a date for the prom. She asked Xander to the dance because she knew he had no other date and he reluctantly accepted for the same reason.[7] After the prom, Anya began to develop feelings for Xander and asked him out again shortly before graduation. However, these plans were put on hold when he told her that the Mayor of Sunnydale, Richard Wilkins, was planning to ascend to an Old One form on graduation day and massacre the town. Although she offered some advice to the Scoobies regarding the Ascension she witnessed in 1199, Anya was too afraid to help them fight the Mayor and decided to leave town. Xander refused to abandon his friends, so she left without him.[12]

Relationship with Xander

Anya returned to Sunnydale several months later, still infatuated with Xander.[18] She persuaded him to sleep with her in the hopes of getting him out of her system, but it didn't work and instead they began dating. Xander invited her to a Halloween party and she decided to wear a bunny suit as her scary costume, revealing her trademark fear of rabbits.[19] When the demon Gachnar attacked the party, Anya saved Xander and his friends by going to Giles for help. Worried that Xander did not really care about her, Anya was moved when he mistakenly believed that she had been killed by Spike and proceeded to beat the vampire up.[20]

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Anya comforting Xander after the fight with Buffy and Willow.

The couple began to argue over where their relationship was going, but when a party they were attending was attacked by a poltergeist, Anya risked her life and braved painful injuries to rescue Xander from being drowned.[21] Anya's lack of social skills soon made her unpopular with the rest of the Scooby Gang, particularly Willow, who had little trust for the ex-demon. However, Anya continued to help them for Xander's sake and was eventually accepted as an official member. Anya supported Xander during the brief period when Spike's manipulations created a rift between the Scoobies.[22] Soon after Giles took over the Magic Box, a local occult store, Anya was hired as an employee because of her interest and talent for finances.[13]

When Giles briefly left Sunnydale, he reluctantly left Anya in charge of the shop. During an argument, she and Willow accidentally released Olaf the troll from a crystal. It was revealed that Willow and Anya's mutual dislike stemmed from the fear of each that the other would hurt Xander. When Xander protected both women equally from Olaf, they finally came to an understanding and worked together to banish Olaf to the Land of the Trolls.[23] During an inspection from the Watchers Council on Buffy's associates, Anya identified herself as Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins, born on July 4th, 1980. She told them she grew up being called "our little patriot" due to her birth date and had a pet dachshund that died from chocking on a wiener when she was seven.[1]

As the Scoobies prepared to confront Glorificus, Anya provided crucial advice by suggesting that they use the Dagon Sphere and Olaf's hammer in the fight.[8] During the battle against the hellgod, Anya saved Xander from falling rubble and was knocked unconscious, while Buffy sacrificed her life saving Dawn and the world from a dimensional rift;[8] Anya later played a part in the spell to resurrect her.[24]

Engagement to Xander

I mean, mortal life being so short, we gotta cram in as much marital bliss as we can before we wither and die.
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Xander proposes to Anya.

Shortly before the battle against Glory, Xander asked Anya to marry him if they survived, which she agreed.[8] Although, Anya began to feel frustrated when Xander refused to announce their engagement so soon after Buffy's death, but he finally did on Halloween.[25]

On her wedding day, Anya's former victim Stewart Burns showed up and tried to manipulate Xander by showing him false visions of an unhappy future with Anya. Buffy defeated the demonic Burns, but Xander decided to call off the wedding anyway, as the vision Burns had shown him of the future reawakened his old fears at turning out like his parents. He left Anya heartbroken at the altar. Hurt and angry, Anya accepted D'Hoffryn's offer to become a vengeance demon again.[9]

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Anya's past came back to haunt her on her wedding day.

Unable to wish vengeance on Xander herself, she attempted to get Spike drunk so that he would make the wish for her. Instead, she found comfort with Spike and the two had sex in the Magic Box, unknowing they were being filmed by the Trio. Xander saw them and went there to confront, his display of disgust hurting Anya. While Spike nearly did make a vengeance wish, Anya stopped him herself.[26]

When Tara was murdered, Anya was able to sense Willow's thirst for vengeance but was unable to stop her from being consumed by dark magic and turning evil. During this time, Anya revealed to the other Scoobies that she was a vengeance demon again,[27] but nevertheless aided them until Xander managed to get through to Willow and restore her humanity.[28][29]

Finding herself

When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting but they do. They never... they never quit. So, I guess I will keep fighting too.

As she continued being a vengeance demon, Anya discovered she no longer enjoyed her work. She spent a summer granting half-hearted wishes and soon gained a reputation as "soft serve" among her fellow demons. To gain her colleagues' respect, she turned a man whose girlfriend wished he were a worm into a Sluggoth demon. However, Xander convinced her to reverse the wish and D'Hoffryn punished her by removing her ability to teleport.[11] Encouraged down a darker path by Halfrek, Anya massacred a group of fraternity boys by summoning a Grimslaw demon to rip their hearts out.[5]

She was later horrified by what she had done and, after a battle with Buffy, begged D'Hoffryn to reverse the wish. D'Hoffryn agreed, but at the cost of a vengeance demon's soul, so Anya was willing to sacrifice herself for the boys. Instead, D'Hoffryn murdered Halfrek and turned Anya human once again so she would have to live with the pain of what she had done. D'Hoffryn also foreshadowed Anya's death by telling her 'From beneath you, it devours. Be patient. All good things in time', when she told him he should've killed her. Realizing she had always been dependent on others in life, Anya resolved to find a purpose for herself.[5] However, when D'Hoffryn sent assassins to kill her, she sought safety at Buffy's house and re-joined the Scooby Gang.[30]


Anya, ready to fight in the final battle against the Turok-Han vampires.

Anya and Xander finally made peace with each other, though had several flings together.[31] Anya admitted to Andrew that she secretly admired how determined humans could be in times of crisis. In the final battle against the First Evil, Anya was killed when one of the Harbingers of Death sliced her from behind. Her death was avenged by Andrew who killed the Bringer with his own sword.[10]

As the school began to tremble and those in the battle running away, Xander searched and called for her, while her body laid hidden in the building. She was left in the high school as the entire town of Sunnydale was consumed by the closing Hellmouth. Later, Andrew comforted Xander by telling him that Anya died saving his life, to which Xander replied: "That's my girl. Always doing the stupid thing."[10] 

"Ghost Anya"


Anya appears only to Xander, "haunting" him.

Soon after the new Seed of Wonder was created and magic was returned to earth, a spirit with Anya's memories and appearance started haunting Xander.[32] The nature of Anya was initially unknown: if she was real, if she was the original Anya, why she was here; and they both often discussed about Anya and Xander's past relationship, more specifically his guilt of abandoning her. When Xander discovered she was real, but not the original Anya herself, he decided to distance from her. It was then revealed that she was D'Hoffryn's creation as a revenge plan against the Scoobies, who he blamed of having "robbing" her from him.[33]

Resentful of Xander, she was turned into a corporeal vengeance demon, then followed D'Hoffryn in an attack against the Scoobies. Buffy pointed that D'Hoffryn only viewed both Anyas as possessions: he didn't love Anya any more he did Halfrek, having discarded and killed her just to torture Anya herself,[5] and was actually hurt by her independence. Then, at mercy of Anya's attack, Xander said he was sorry for what he did to both Anyas; despite not regretting giving up their wedding nor distancing himself from Anya's copy. He recognized he handed the situations badly, abandoning them when they needed him the most.[34]

She then turned against D'Hoffryn, which was decisive for the Scoobies' victory. The move cost her life, as he was able to set her on fire. At her final moments, Anya said D'Hoffryn made her and that only he could end her, during this she willed herself real. She told Xander that he was a good man, that she forgave him, and that the original Anya would forgive him, too. Her ashes were placed inside an urn, kept at the living room of Spike and Xander's shared apartment, with the inscription "Anya — She owned her life."[35]



While at Sunnydale High, Anya wore outfits more suited to the approval of Cordelia Chase and other popular students in order to infiltrate them.[4] This sense of style seemed to progress until the end of the school year. In the following years, Anya showed to have a penchant for vintage outfits as well as one piece dresses and cardigans.


Similarly to Cordelia, Anya consistently changed the color and style of her hair. For most of history, Anya's hair remained dark brown and long in length. While at Sunnydale High, Anya retained short, light brown hair while made it darker when she started dating Xander. By the end of 1999, Anya lightened her hair cut it down into a bob but let it grow out the following months. During the months Glory was around, Anya retained short, curly and blondish hair which eventually grew out the later months. After Buffy's resurrection, Anya kept long, sandy blond hair, similar to Buffy's the year before. In the months as a vengeance demons after Willow's attempt at destroying the world, Anya had long, dark brown hair and eventually cut it down and made it blond again before her death.


Anya, I have faith in you. There is no-one that you cannot piss off.

When Anya had her arm broken defending Buffy's younger sister Dawn from a vampire,[36] she was reminded of her own mortality and began to feel depressed about her inevitable death.[37] She also had a distinctive way of speaking, which was best described by her own description of April, a robot: "She speaks with a strange evenness and selects her words a shade too precisely."[38] She had also shown some knowledge of pop culture, possibly due to her relationship with Xander. She was described by Andrew Wells as "the perfect woman," to which she responded: "I've often thought so."[39] When rejected sexually, Anya typically questioned the effectiveness of her hair.[40][41]

Some of Anya's defining personality traits were her lack of tact, brutal honesty, and poor social skills. Her personality made her offend a lot of people and she was similar to Cordelia. A few examples were when she referred to Olivia Williams as Giles' "orgasm friend";[20] upon discovering that Dawn was the Key, she openly remarked "You make a lovely little girl!";[42] she repeatedly asked inappropriate questions about what the doctors were going to do with Joyce Summers' body, which deeply disgusted and upset Willow, though Anya responded by breaking down into tears, explaining that she could not understand why Joyce died or how death works.[43] She repeatedly mentioned to Buffy that she had been in Hell, earning multiple reprimands from Xander and the gang;[44] and she kept remarking right in front of the Potential Slayers that they were all going to die one way or another.[31][39] According to Olaf, Anya had the same personality prior to become a vengeance demon.[23]

Most notably, she also tended to treat Dawn as though she were much younger than she actually was; sometimes speaking to Dawn as if she were a five-year-old child, rather than a 15-year-old teenager.[45] Anya did, however, showed some fondness for Dawn, whom she often babysat with Xander and for whom she risked her life on various occasions.[36]

Anya frequently reminisced about her life as a vengeance demon, describing graphic punishments and murders she had inflicted in over a millennium, most of which could be viewed as disproportionate retribution. She often appeared oddly wistful when thinking of her past deeds as a vengeance demon and even seemed to miss that stage of her life sometimes. However, when she did return as a vengeance demon, she was overwhelmed by guilt after granting a wish that left 12 frat boys dead, leading her to ultimately turn her back on vengeance.[5]

Though Anya's lack of social tact remained one of her most prominent character traits, she experienced marked growth throughout the series. Although she sometimes mocked certain human traits as "foolish," she continued to fight alongside the Scoobies and admitted that she admired human resilience, saying that "When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting, but they do."[39]

Anya had an adventurous sexual side, hinting that she and Xander have indulged in spanking[3] and used Buffy's vaulting horse in their intercourse.[46] She also considered some of the magic spells she performed with Willow to be "sexy."[17]

Ultimately, Anya proved to be strong-willed, caring, and brave, willing to risk her life to help save the world. As she reflected upon several times in the face of impending doom, she had grown to believe in something worth fighting for.[8][39]



Before becoming a vengeance demon, the human Aud bred rabbits.

Anya was known for having an irrational fear of rabbits (leporiphobia) which she shamelessly displayed numerous times.

Anya, or Aud, as she was then known, bred rabbits before becoming the demon Anyanka. She suggested to her lover Olaf that they should give the rabbits to people, "not for goods or services, but for goodwill and the sense of accomplishment that comes with selflessly giving of yourself to others." Aud's generosity, as well as her comfort around her rabbits, would be a marked contrast to her later persona as Anya.[5]

For Halloween 1999, the newly human Anya dressed up as a bunny in response to Xander's advice that she wear something scary.[19] Later, while the Scoobies and discussing a reptile worshiping cult, Xander jokes he wishes they could fight bunny worshipers ever now and again, for which Anya berates him, stating she will have nightmares. Shortly before battling Glory, Anya believed that a stuffed bunny she found was an omen that they were all going to die.[8] When Sunnydale was turned into a living musical, Anya decided to blame bunnies for the incident, singing "Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes. They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses. And what's with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?"[2] After losing her memory, Anya accidentally used magic to conjure dozens of bunnies, much to her terror.[47] In the battle against the First Evil, comrade Andrew Wells advised Anya to think about happy things to ease her nerves, like "a lake. Candy canes. Bunnies." The thought of bunnies filled Anya with a grim determination and she slaughtered several Turok-Han as a result.[10]

It seemed that Anya also had a slight fear of getting old, as it was something she never had to consider as a vengeance demon.[37] Her previous demon life also left her with the impression that to death was "mortal and stupid."[43]

Monkey love

Although she has a phobia towards bunnies, she seems to love monkeys. She tried to convince Dawn and Xander to go and see a movie about a monkey who played ice hockey.[46] Furthermore, Anya said that she and Xander were watching the film Monkey Trouble when they started singing.[2]Additionally, she gets antsy at the proposition of missing the monkeys on the Discovery Channel as her and Xander's "tape machine's all wonky."[48]


Money! Did you hurt the money? Money good? She endangered the money!

Sometime after she became human, Anya discovered she had a love for money and capitalism,[49][25][50] and her budding retail skills encouraged Giles to hire her as a cashier in his occult shop, the Magic Box.[13] Additionally, Anya was very studious in the field of the mathematics. Her love of money grew to become a fixation and a defining trait: the Buffybot listed "loves money" as her key information, using this in conversation with her.[15] Anya displayed an innate flair for business, practically running the Magic Box and being able to triple the money she made working for Giles through online trading.[38] Under the charm of the Brooks letterman jacket, this obsession was not totally erased; in order to prove her love, she committed a hold-up to the Sunnydale Securities Bank.[51]

Anya's love of money even transferred to fictional money; while playing The Game of Life with Xander and Dawn, Anya attempted to trade her children for more fake cash once Xander taught her that "cash equals good."[36] Eventually, Dawn refused to play games with Anya because she always won, and so Anya attempted to convince her to "raise to stakes" and play The Game of Life for real money.[46]

In contrast to this attitude, Anya bred rabbits in her early years as a human, hoping to give them away as pets in exchange for the goodwill of her fellow villagers rather than money. As a vengeance demon, Anya also expressed sympathy with Communist ideas.[5]

Powers and abilities

You wish it, I dish it. I thought we were clear on that.

Anyanka possessed the ability to grant wishes of vengeance and had a frightening demonic form in which her face appeared to be skinless with exposed veins. She had an infinite level of power when granting wishes, being able to manipulate reality and create alternate universes.[4] The only limitation to her power was that she could not grant wishes for herself.[26] She was much stronger than some demons and vampires (knocking Spike across the room while lying down)[11] in addition to holding her own against Buffy, surviving being run through with a sword.[5] She possessed abilities of teleportation, telekinesis, regeneration. Anyanka also had a psychic sense of empathy for women's desire for vengeance and could tell if a vampire has a soul. She was able as well to shapeshift between her human and demonic forms. She also possessed superhuman strength, voice manipulation, enhanced durability, mind control immunity and immortality.

With over a thousand years of experience as a former vengeance demon, Anya's knowledge of demonology was immense. Although Anya's native language was Old Norse, she spoke fluent, if sometimes stilted, English as well as some French and Latin.

Thanks to her countless years of experience, Anya also exhibited some basic knowledge of magic. She often commented on Willow's spell-casting and interest in magic with a reasonable degree of insight, and occasionally participated in the casting of spells herself.[6] When she was a human, Anya's experience and practice of combat from her times as a demon allowed her to be an effective fighter, as displayed in the battle of the Hellmouth.[10]



  • Olaf — The two dated when Anya was Aud. Together they shared a very affectionate relationship as Olaf appreciated Anya's tendency to speak her mind and the fact her "hips are narrow, like a Baltic woman from a slightly more arid region" while Anya claimed she couldn't live without him. After cheating on her, Anya was so enraged she performed a complex curse that turned him into a troll,[5] and she later trapped him inside a small gem stone form which he wasn't released for hundreds of years.[23] Her extreme actions caught the attention of D'Hoffryn and lead to her becoming a vengeance demon.[5]
  • Torg — Anya once had a fling with the demon Torg during a massacre in her demon days. Despite it being only one night, they seemed to have shared somewhat of a connection especially Torg as he remembered she wore pink at the event (they were actually entrails). When trying to get Torg to open the portal to the Beljoxa's Eye as a human, Anya was willing to sleep with him for him to do it but he rejected the offer as he was put off by her human appearance.[41]
  • Alexander Harris — Anya approached Xander asking to be her date at the Sunnydale High School Prom because they both had no one to go with at that point and she knew he found her attractive as she caught him looking at her breasts, despite her almost hatred of men and that they were all evil. At the prom, the date itself was not comfortable as she talked about the men she slaughtered as a demon, causing Xander to not truly be around her. They did share a awkward dance, causing to admit that it was "nice."[7] Despite this, Anya developed feelings for him and tried to gain his interest by saying she was willing to talk about sports, though this didn't work. Afraid for his and her own life, she offered Xander the chance to leave town with her because the thought of him dying made her want to throw-up, much to her confusion and horror. After trying unsuccessfully to convince him to come, she angrily stated she hoped he died only to be disappointed when he walked away, wishing he had kissed her.[12] Returning to Sunnydale, she continued to date him after she seduced him with the hopes off getting him out of her mind, stripping naked in his basement and explaining her plan in a tactical sense.[18] Over time, Xander and Anya began to seriously date when she realized that their sexual encounter did not make her get over him as she had hoped. She had tended to a sickened and partially dying Xander when he was suffering from the curse of the Shumash Indians despite becoming deeply offended when he had ignorantly retorted that all vengeance demons should be killed.[52] Anya soon started to become unhappy with their relationship. She had concluded that Xander only cared about sleeping with her, he did not need her or truly care for her the way she did him. However, her fear was soon put to rest when Xander had beat up Spike under the assumption that he had killed Anya, believing he really did care for her after all.[20] Anya eventually concluded they were breaking up when Xander did not have sex with her the day before, concluding he no longer wanted her. Xander was confused by her view of things, claiming she was overreacting. Anya, however, was not swayed and started up a friendly conversation with Spike, relating to their adjustments to not using their powers and relationship troubles. When Xander showed jealousy of this, Anya argued with him and they proceeded to break up with each other. However, the break-up was short-lived, as Anya realized her assumption was wrong and Xander was still into her.[21] Anya would also casually comment on Xander's sexual performance, saying he was "like a Viking in the sack."[53] When Xander was brooding over his fight with her friends and his own directionless life, Anya comforted him. She told him even if they were right, he was still a good man and a good boyfriend. She would then confess to him that she was in love with him.[22] Anya grew frustrated with Xander's basement, causing him to finally move out of it. Anya again showed how serious her feelings were, admitting to him that she wanted a car, a puppy, and a child next before she got old. Xander had sincerely alleviated her fears of growing old, telling her that aging was not nearly as bad as she believed. Upon the realization that Xander was split into two different entities (his weaker and stronger half), Anya liked this development. She bluntly told the group to hold off on reversing it for the night because she would like to have a threesome with the two Xanders. However, everyone disregarded her crude request and reversed it anyways. Anya was humorously annoyed, defending it by saying it wasn't technically cheating.[37] Their relationship did have constant strains due to her blunt honesty but sustained as Anya made him feel like a grown-up while he made her feel like a human, Xander admitting he was in love with her.[46] During an argument with Willow and their conflict over Xander, Anya denied Willow's belief that she would someday wreck vengeance on him and insisted she would never hurt him. Anya's devotion towards him went so far that she was willing to die instead of Xander when Olaf had him in her clutches.[23] After sleeping with him, Anya stated they could have children, slightly alarming Xander who was nowhere near ready for that commitment. She agreed, but she liked the thought that they could someday, showing further depth in their relationship.[54] Anya felt great excitement about her wedding, while Xander's self-conscious doubts caused him to leave her at the altar. This devastated Anya and led to her reverting back to working as a vengeance demon. While trying to console herself in the aftermath of the wedding, Anya slept with Spike, an act that hurt Xander deeply. When Buffy set out to slay Anya for her role in killing 12 frat boys, Xander was adamantly against it, showing that he did still care for her. When Anya offered up her powers and even her life to undo the damage she had caused, Xander consoled her and tried to help her find her own identity. Anya and Xander later managed to patch things together, talking out what had happened between them and revealing to each other that they still shared a mutual love.[55] They had sex several times leading up to the final battle, though they never did officially get back together.[39] In the finale, Xander showed that he still greatly cared for Anya, as he searched for her during the destruction of Sunnydale.[10]
  • Spike — Unlike most of the Scooby Gang, Anya never showed any dislike or annoyance of Spike after being chipped. She attempted to give Spike a lamp believing it was customary, only for a thoroughly annoyed Xander to take it away from her. Anya also gave him advice over finding a area with electricity so he could have a refrigerator to keep his blood fresh.[56] Distraught over her complications with Xander, Anya again ran into Spike. They discussed their cynical views on love and their struggles to fit in without their supernatural abilities, developing an odd sort of connection. Spike offered they should kill their lovers who hurt them (Drusilla, Xander), but both soon came to agreement their heart was just not into it. Anya decided to take him to the Lowell House fraternity's party. Upon the realization of where he was, Spike was angry and confused that she had brought him to a place he could easily get caught in. An argument between Xander and Spike soon erupted. Anya briefly took Spike's side over Xander's, not fully convinced his jealousy meant enough.[21] Anya had had also slightly mocked him when Spike realized he could not even point a fake gun towards humans, noting how humiliating it was.[53] After her wedding with Xander was called off, Spike and Anya drunkenly bonded over the fact they were often put outcasts to the Scooby Gang and ended up having a one-night stand while unknowingly being watched by one of the Trio's hidden cameras in the Magic Box.[26]


  • Rupert Giles — Giles was often irritated by Anya ever since she bluntly told him to go away at his own apartment when she wanted to talk to Xander alone. After seeing her effectiveness behind the counter, Giles hired her to work at the Magic Box,[13] though they still continued to argue. After Buffy's death, Anya became impatient with Giles' reluctance to leave Sunnydale, as she wanted to take over the Magic Box in his absence.[24] After losing their memories, they deduced that they were both engaged with each other despite their physical age difference. In that time, they argued over what book to use to recollect their memory until they undid all of the spells Anya had cast, causing them to reunite and share a kiss, which they denied after regaining their memory.[47] When Giles returned to Sunnydale during Dark Willow's rampage, she showed a lot of affection for him, and was keen to hug him along with Buffy. Though being actually very much older than him, she looks at Giles, like Buffy and Willow, as a father figure.[29]
  • Willow Rosenberg — Anya contacted Willow after she was trapped into her human form, hearing that she was a "pretty powerful wicca." Seeking her help, they did a spell to retrieve her necklace in the Wishverse but it backfired. This event earned Anya Willow's dislike and a view that she was "evil."[6] Like most Willow could not stand Anya while Anya took badly to her sarcasm. Their conflict resulting in them summoning Anya's ex-boyfriend Olaf who they then worked together to send away, Willow performing the spell to do it and Anya briefly distracting him with her insults as Willow claimed there was "no-one you [Anya] can't piss off." Anya would also misinterpreted Willow's dislike of her relationship with Xander as jealousy, causing her to immediately deny this and remind her she was gay. Anya also appeared to think Willow would hurt Xander with her magic, but both eventually formed a strained peace with each other when they accepted their important place in Xander's life and how they both could relate over their care for him.[23] Anya was also concerned when Willow, becoming a dark witch after Tara's death, trying to reason her. When Willow returned to Sunnydale, Anya was the only one of the Scoobies who could see and be seen by Willow, thanks to the grudge they bear each other. She anyway helped Willow locate the demon Gnarl when Buffy, Xander and Dawn couldn't see her. The two once again connected over their mutual fear of losing control of their powers and hurting the ones they loved.[17] Though being able to collaborate with each other, they shared always a rival, if not almost hostile, relationship. When Anyanka was threatened to be killed by Buffy, it was Willow who called D'Hoffryn to find a way to save her. Willow eventually offered to kill Anya to provide Spike with blood after his ensoulment.[57]
  • D'Hoffryn — Aud met D'Hoffryn when her act of vengeance against her lover Olaf gained his attention. Both impressed and fascinated, the demon offered to elevate her to the status of a vengeance demon.[5] After doing so, he developed a paternal affection for her as Anyanka. As established by Halfrek, Anya was the favorite of D'Hoffryn. However, when she lost her power in 1998, he refused to restore it, stating her fall was just punishment for her carelessness.[6] Three years later, D'Hoffryn was invited to her wedding, which was abruptly cancelled at the last minute when a confused and distressed Xander had a change of heart. Immediately thereafter, D'Hoffryn offered to return Anya to her status as a vengeance demon, and, in her scorned state, she accepted.[9] But when Anya, having reacquired her conscience during her time as a human, asked him to undo the evil she'd done, D'Hoffryn was clearly dejected and sad. Despite his obvious paternal feelings (Anya refers to the necklace he gives her as a gift from "[her] father"),[4] he remained true to his nature and retaliated against her by granting her wish — at the expense of the life of her only remaining friend, Halfrek. Following her departure from the fold, D'Hoffryn sent several assassins to kill her despite his creed of "never go for the kill when you can go for the pain."[5]
  • Halfrek — In her first years as vengeance demon, Halfrek was the best friend of Anyanka. Halfrek also displayed some jealousy of Anya because she was preferred by D'Hoffryn. In 2002, they resumed contact when Anya announced her wedding to Xander. Although flattered to be invited, Halfrek hidden being offended by the one that she considered a model. When Anya became again a demon, their relationship was reversed, as Halfrek became her mentor, encouraging her to activate a vengeance on Xander by using Spike. Their friendship came to an end when Halfrek was sacrificed by D'Hoffryn as a way to hurt Anya.[5]
  • Andrew Wells — Even though at first finding Andrew annoying as with everyone else, Anya and Andrew developed a common understanding for each other due to their unique and incomparable view of life. Anya quickly took to him filming her and the rest of the Scooby Gang when he claimed his account to the fight against needed "balance" which she felt obligated and privileged to provide. Andrew helped her sort things out with Xander and both Anya and Andrew had a "wheelchair fight" while savaging for medical supplies at an abandoned hospital.[39] They fought together at the battle at the Hellmouth, where he helped her channel her fear into fighting ferociously.[10]
  • Tara Maclay — Anya had a friendly relationship with Tara as they were both the relative newcomers in the Scooby Gang. They occasionally spent time together apart from the original four Scooby Gang members.[38] Anya also invited Tara to be a bridesmaid at her wedding.[9]


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Behind the scenes

  • She was portrayed by Emma Caulfield and voiced by Giselle Loren in the Chaos Bleeds video game.
  • Before revealing her human surname as "Jenkins" in the episode "Checkpoint," she was often identified as "Anya Emerson" in non-canon licensed material, such as in the Sunnydale High Yearbook novel and the card game Top Trumps Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Anyanka's appearance while in her vengeance demon form changes in seasons six and seven compared to that in season three. Her makeup becomes more like that of Halfrek; instead of veiny and pale, Anyanka's skin is covered in exposed veins with red sores. Additionally, in season 3, Anyanka spoke in a raspy, hoarse voice, which was not the case in seasons 6 and 7.
  • Anya has appeared in 81 total episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She ranks 6th on Buffy appearances behind only Buffy, Willow (144 each), Xander (143), Giles (121), and Spike (96), and she ranks 10th on total appearances from Buffy and Angel, behind Angel (168), Buffy (150), Willow (147), Xander (143), Cordelia (143), Giles (121), Spike (120), Wesley (109), and Gunn (91).
  • Joss Whedon joked at the Noctural convention in 2001 that Anya was originally supposed to die during the season 5 finale, "The Gift." However, he had to keep her alive because Emma Caulfield kept moving as Xander was carrying Anya.
  • In an interview with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine #93, Emma Caulfield revealed that she was very pleased with her character's abrupt death, stating: "She didn't get a big, maudlin send-off, it was very quick and to the point — very Anya in that respect."
  • Diamond Select Toys produced a total of six Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures based on Anya.
  • Whedon stated early on that Anya was likely to appear in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series, although not necessarily alive.[58] Whedon also joked "it's all about Anya" and that there would be a memorable appearance of bunnies.[59] As she didn't, this makes her the only main character from Buffy not to appear in Season Eight.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Checkpoint"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Once More, with Feeling"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The I in Team"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "The Wish"
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 "Selfless"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Doppelgängland"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "The Prom"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "The Gift"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Hell's Bells"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 "Chosen"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Beneath You"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Graduation Day, Part One"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "No Place Like Home"
  14. "Buffy vs. Dracula"
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Intervention"
  16. "Lessons"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Same Time, Same Place"
  18. 18.0 18.1 "The Harsh Light of Day"
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Fear, Itself"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 "Hush"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Where the Wild Things Are"
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Primeval"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 "Triangle"
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Bargaining, Part One"
  25. 25.0 25.1 "All the Way"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "Entropy"
  27. "Villains"
  28. "Two to Go"
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Grave"
  30. "Get It Done"
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Touched"
  32. New Rules, Part One
  33. In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five
  34. Own It, Part Four
  35. Own It, Part Five
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 "Real Me"
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 "The Replacement"
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 "I Was Made to Love You"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 "End of Days"
  40. "Sleeper"
  41. 41.0 41.1 "Showtime"
  42. "Blood Ties"
  43. 43.0 43.1 "The Body"
  44. "After Life"
  45. "Older and Far Away"
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 "Into the Woods"
  47. 47.0 47.1 "Tabula Rasa"
  48. Bargaining, Part One
  49. "Tough Love"
  50. "Doublemeat Palace"
  51. "Him"
  52. "Pangs"
  53. 53.0 53.1 "The Yoko Factor"
  54. "Forever"
  55. "Storyteller"
  56. "A New Man"
  57. "Never Leave Me"
  58. Jennifer Vineyard, "Re-Buffed: New Comic Book Series Resurrects Vampire Slayer." MTV News, January 31, 2007.
  59. Richard George, "Interview: Joss Whedon." IGN, March 2, 2007.