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So you ever think about not celebrating your birthday? Just to try it, I mean?

Buffy Summers was born on January 19th,[1][2] 1981.[3] Notably, since her arrival in Sunnydale, most of Buffy's birthday celebrations were followed by undesirable supernatural events.[1][4][5][6][7]


In 1998, the Scooby Gang held a surprise party for Buffy's 17th birthday at the Bronze, but it was interrupted by the impending threat of the Judge.[1] Later, Buffy had sex with Angel for the first time, which inadvertently caused the vampire to lose his soul and return to his evil persona.[8]

In 1999, Buffy's father Hank broke their tradition of going together to the Ice Capades. Completing 18 years old, she was temporarily stripped of her Slayer powers in preparation for the Tento di Cruciamentum, when her mother Joyce was kidnapped by Zachary Kralik. Giles, revealing the nature of the test to Buffy, was fired from the Watchers Council.[4]

In 2000, Buffy had a surprise party for her 19th birthday at UC Sunnydale. The following day, Giles was transmogrified into a Fyarl demon by Ethan Rayne, causing Buffy to stab and almost kill him by mistake.[5]

In 2001, Buffy had a party at home with her family and friends for her 20th birthday. Meanwhile, her sister Dawn discovered her origin as the Key and had a subsequent identity crisis. Dawn ran away and faced Glory in Sunnydale Memorial, where she had to be defended by the Scooby Gang.[6]

In 2002, all the participants of Buffy's 21st birthday party became trapped inside the Summers residence due to Dawn's unwitting wish to Halfrek. The event lasted three days until Halfrek undid the wish so she could leave the house. Spike suggested Buffy commemorate her birthday anymore to avoid these undesirable supernatural events.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Whenever Buffy's birthday was celebrated on-screen, it was always during the twelfth ("Helpless," "A New Man"), thirteenth ("Surprise," "Blood Ties"), or fourteenth ("Older and Far Away") episode of the season.
  • In "I Robot, You Jane," an online school profile of Buffy first states that her birthday is October 24, 1980. Then, in the same episode, the report states her birthday is May 6, 1979. A probable continuity error, the demon messing with the computer files at the time could explain the discrepancy.
  • In "Doomed," Buffy claimed to be "Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius," which implies her birthday was somewhere between January 17th and 23rd.
  • The comic issue Love Dares You, Part One had a special cover celebrating Buffy's birthday, which took place two days before its publishing.
  • Buffy's birthday is famously shared with the singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, co-founder of one of Buffy's production company Sandollar Productions.