(Leader to the Slayers: biographies should be in past tense, condense a little)
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|Name = Buffy Anne Summers
|Aliases = Anne<br>Joan<br>
|Status = Alive
|Classification = [[Slayer]]
|Affiliation = [[Scooby Gang]]<br>[[Watchers Council]]<br>[[The Initiative (organization)|The Initiative]]<br>[[Slayer Organization]]<br>[[Sunnydale High]] students and faculty<br>[[UC Sunnydale]] students
|Known relatives = [[Joyce Summers]] <small>(mother)</small><br>[[Hank Summers]] <small>(father)</small><br>[[Dawn Summers]] <small>(sister)</small><br>[[Celia]] <small>(cousin)</small><br>[[Arlene]] <small>(aunt)</small>
|Powers = Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, superior healing factor, prophetic dreams and ability to instinctively sense foes at a distance and at proximity
''[[#Powers and abilities|See also]]''
|Actor = [[Kristy Swanson]]<ref name=Buffymovie>[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)|''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' film]]</ref><br>[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]]<ref name=BtVS>''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]''</ref><br>[[Giselle Loren]]<ref name=Buffygames>[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer video games|''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' video games]]</ref><ref name=Buffyanimated>''[[Buffy the Animated Series]]''</ref><br>[[Eliza Dushku]]<ref name=Who/><br>Unknown stand-in<ref name=SoulPurpose>"[[Soul Purpose]]"</ref>
{{Quote|I'm Buffy. The [[Vampire]] [[Slayer]]. And you are...?|Buffy Summers|Anne}}
'''Buffy Anne Summers''' is a [[Slayer]] active in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Born in 1981, she was activated as the Slayer in 1996 at the age of fifteen. Initially based in [[Los Angeles]], she later moved to [[Sunnydale]] where she acted as guardian of the [[Hellmouth]] for seven years before the town's destruction in 2003. Buffy is unique as a Slayer in many ways; she refuses to sacrifice her ordinary life for her supernatural destiny, often operates as part of a team with her friends the "[[Scooby Gang]]", and has maintained several romantic relationships, two of which were with notorious [[vampire]]s [[Angel]] and [[Spike]]. Buffy is one of the longest-lived Slayers, and has returned from the dead not once but twice, an event which disrupted the traditional Slayer line. She later abolished the line completely with her plan to activate all the world's Potential Slayers, and is now dedicated to training the young Slayers she was responsible for creating.
Buffy first appeared in the 1992 ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)|Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' movie, but the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer|later television series]] marked her first canonical appearance in 1997. Since then, she has been featured in spin-off series ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]'' as well as various expanded universe material. In 2007, the character's history was continued in the comic book series ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]''. Buffy was played by actress Kristy Swanson in the movie, but [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] portrays her on television and is more closely associated with the role.
===Los Angeles===
[[Image:EarlyBuffy.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Buffy's carefree youth is cut dramatically short when she is informed of her destiny as the Slayer.]]
Buffy was born to [[Hank Summers|Hank]] and [[Joyce Summers]] in 1981, in [[Los Angeles]], California. At the age of eight, Buffy was close friends with her cousin [[Celia]], and enjoyed playing superhero with her. Buffy looked on helplessly as Celia was murdered in her hosptial bed by [[Der Kindestod]], a demon that killed sick children and was only visible to those who were ill, an experience which instilled in Buffy a fear of hospitals.<ref name=Killed>"[[Killed by Death]]"</ref> Growing up, Buffy came to idolize Olympic ice skater [[Wikipedia:Dorothy Hamill|Dorothy Hamill]] as she learned the sport herself.<ref name=Line1>"[[What's My Line, Part One]]"</ref> In fifth grade, she developed a crush on sixth grader [[Billy Fordham]]; although the two were friends, he never returned her feelings.<ref name=LietoMe>"[[Lie to Me]]"</ref> Buffy started attending [[Hemery High School]] in 1995; during her time there she became a popular cheerleader and was elected both Prom Princess and Fiesta Queen.<ref name=Witch>"[[The Witch]]"</ref><ref name=Homecoming>"[[Homecoming]]"</ref>
{{Quote|I've got a few things the [[Slayer timeline|other girls]] didn't have. For one thing, there's my keen fashion sense...|Buffy identifies her strengths as a Slayer.|Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin}}
At the age of fifteen, Buffy started having violent dreams about women from different periods of history slaying monsters. One day, she was approached by [[Merrick]], a mysterious man who revealed her destiny as the Chosen One and became her first [[Watcher]].<ref name=Becoming1>"[[Becoming, Part One]]''</ref> Buffy initially did not get along with Merrick, who was sarcastic and intolerant of her valley girl nature, but the pair eventually gained a mutual fondness as he prepared her for battle against the vampire king [[Lothos]]. As Buffy's increasingly strange behaviour alienated from her peers, including her boyfriend [[Jeffrey Kramer|Jeffrey]], she befriended fellow social outcast [[Pike]], relying on him for support after Merrick shot himself to protect her from Lothos. Despite little training, Buffy managed to defeat Lothos and his minions at her school dance, burning down the high school gym in the process, for which she was subsequently expelled. Shortly after her expulsion, Buffy and Pike ran away to Las Vegas looking for vampires.<ref name=Origin>''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin]]''</ref> Upon her return, Buffy's parents found out about what had really happened at Hemery and about her destiny as the Slayer. Worried that she was losing her mind, they sent her to a mental institution. While there, Buffy realized that attempts to persuade others of the existence of demonic forces would be futile. She kept quiet and was released after a couple of weeks. Buffy and her parents never spoke of it again.<ref name=Normal>"[[Normal Again]]"</ref>
===Sunnydale High===
[[Image:ScoobiesIRYJ.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Buffy's new best friends Xander and Willow continually help her in her everyday Slayer duties.]]
Buffy's parents, who had been experiencing marital troubles for years, finally divorced, and Buffy moved with her mother to [[Summers' residence|1630 Revello Drive]] in [[Sunnydale]], a small town in California. Little did they know that the town was located on a [[Hellmouth]], and that Buffy's presence there was pre-destined. Buffy enrolled at Sunnydale High, where she became friends with [[Xander Harris]] and [[Willow Rosenberg]], as well as her new Watcher, [[Rupert Giles]]. She also met [[Cordelia Chase]], a superficial cheerleader reminiscient of Buffy before she became the Slayer, and [[Angel]], a mysterious and handsome stranger who aided Buffy with cryptic advice.<ref name=WttH>"[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]"</ref>. After successfully stopping the vampire ritual known as [[the Harvest]] together, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles formed the "core four" of the "[[Scooby Gang]]" and continued to investigate the various supernatural mysteries that occurred on the Hellmouth. Buffy developed an attraction to Angel, and was horrified when he turned out to be a vampire. Steeling herself to do her duty and slay him, she relented after learning that he had a soul, having been [[Ritual of Restoration|cursed]] by [[Clan Kalderash|gypsies]] over a century ago as punishment for his vicious crimes.<ref name=Angelep>"[[Angel (episode)|Angel]]"</ref> When people's nightmares began coming true in Sunnydale, Buffy's guilt over her parents' divorce manifested and she was briefly transformed into a vampire.<ref name=Nightmares>"[[Nightmares]]"</ref> Giles warned Buffy that she would eventually be forced to battle the thousand-year-old vampire leader known as [[the Master]]. Upon learning that the infallible [[Pergamum Codex]] prophecised her death at the hands of the Master, Buffy quit being the Slayer and contemplated leaving town, but accepted her fate after Willow discovered bodies of their classmates slaughtered inside the school. Buffy was overpowered and left to drown in a pool of water in the Master's dwellings, but Xander resuscitated her and she managed to defeat the Master and stop him from opening the Hellmouth.<ref name=Prophecy>"[[Prophecy Girl]]"</ref>
{{Quote|Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't want to die.|Buffy upon learning of her prophecised death|Prophecy Girl}}
[[Image:BuffyAngel.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Buffy's relationship with vampire Angel results in disaster when he loses his soul and becomes evil.]]
Buffy took months to recover emotionally from her clinical death, finally moving on after destroying the Master's remains herself.<ref name=WhenSheWasBad>"[[When She Was Bad]]"</ref> In her junior year of high school, she came into conflict with [[Spike]] and [[Drusilla]], a vampire couple intent on wreaking havoc in Sunnydale.<ref name=School>"[[School Hard]]"</ref> Buffy's relationship with Angel heated up and the pair began officially dating.<ref name=Reptile>"[[Reptile Boy]]"</ref> Buffy also met and formed an awkward friendship with [[Kendra Young]], a second Slayer who had been activated when Buffy drowned. Kendra helped Buffy appreciate that being a Slayer was part of who she was, and not just a burden.<ref name=Line1/><ref name=Line2>"[[What's My Line, Part Two]]"</ref> On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Buffy lost her virginity to Angel,<ref name=Surprise>"[[Surprise]]"</ref> and unknowingly lifted the curse placed on him a century earlier, causing him to lose his soul and revert to the evil Angelus, the most notoriously evil vampire in history.<ref name=Innocence>"[[Innocence]]"</ref> Angelus became obsessed with destroying Buffy's life and joined Spike and Drusilla, who had reconstructed an invincible demon called [[the Judge]]. Buffy managed to defeat the Judge with a stolen rocket launcher, but Angelus' pathological abuse continued to take a heavy toll on Buffy and her friends over the months.<ref name=Passion>"[[Passion]]"</ref> When faced with Angelus's subsequent plan to destroy the world, Buffy reluctantly accepted an alliance with Spike, who had become tired of Angelus' presence. While strategizing with Spike, Buffy was forced to reveal her identity as the Slayer to her mother, who reacted badly to the news. Buffy confronted Angelus and tried to prevent him from opening a vortex to a [[hell dimension]] while Willow worked a spell to return Angel's soul. The spell was successful but too late, and Buffy was forced to send the re-ensouled Angel to hell in order to close the vortex. Traumatized and alone, Buffy then left Sunnydale and escaped to Los Angeles.<ref name=Becoming2>"[[Becoming, Part Two]]"</ref>
{{Quote|Do you think I chose to be like this? Do you have any idea how lonely it is? How dangerous? I would ''love'' to be upstairs watching TV or gossiping about boys or... God, even studying! But I have to save the world. Again.|Buffy comes out to her mother about being the Slayer|Becoming, Part Two}}
[[Image:BuffyProm.jpg|thumb|right|200px|After three years at Sunnydale High, Buffy is elected "[[Class Protector Award|Class Protector]]" by her grateful classmates.]]
In L.A., Buffy spent the summer waiting tables in a diner under a false identity (her middle name, Anne), trying to turn her back on her destiny. However, after rescuing [[Anne Steele|a runaway]] from a hell dimension, Buffy returned to Sunnydale to face her own demons.<ref name=Anne>"[[Anne (episode)|Anne]]"</ref> She reunited with her loved ones and tried to find closure to her relationship with Angel.<ref name=DeadParty>"[[Dead Man's Party]]"</ref> However, when he returned mysteriously from hell,<ref name=Beauty>"[[Beauty and the Beasts]]"</ref> Buffy found herself still drawn to him, much to the disgust and confusion of her friends.<ref name=Revelations>"[[Revelations]]"</ref> Meanwhile, a rebellious new Slayer, [[Faith Lehane]], arrived in town, providing Buffy with a new ally.<ref name=FH&T>"[[Faith, Hope & Trick]]"</ref> Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, Buffy was depowered in preparation for her [[Cruciamentum]], a Slayer rite of passage organised by the Watchers' Council. Giles' reluctance to see Buffy hurt and subsequent interference in the test led to him being fired as her official Watcher and replaced with [[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]].<ref name=Helpless>"[[Helpless]]"</ref> When Faith accidently killed [[Allan Finch|a human]], her relationship with Buffy deteriorated rapidly.<ref name=BadGirls>"[[Bad Girls]]"</ref><ref name=Consequences>"[[Consequences]]"</ref> Increasingly alienated from the Scoobies, Faith found a friend in the affable yet sinister [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor of Sunnydale]],<ref name=Consequences/> who was preparing to become a [[Old Ones|pure-blood demon]] on Sunnydale High Graduation Day.<ref name=Graduation1>"[[Graduation Day, Part One]]"</ref> As the Mayor relied on Faith to help him prepare for his ascension, Buffy worked first to thwart his plans, then to organize a resistance. Faith impeded these efforts by [[Killer of the Dead|poisoning]] Angel, leaving him on the verge of death; when the Watchers' Council refused to help, Buffy decided to stop following their orders altogether. When the Scoobies learned that only the blood of a Slayer could save Angel's life, Buffy attempted to sacrifice Faith to save him.<ref name=Graduation1/> Their battle left Faith in a coma, and Buffy ultimately saved Angel with her own blood. Buffy then led her classmates in a climactic battle against the [[Olvikan|transformed Mayor]] and his minions, which culminated in an explosion that destroyed the Mayor as well as Sunnydale High. After the smoke cleared, Angel left for Los Angeles so that Buffy could try to have a more normal life without him.<ref name=Graduation2>"[[Graduation Day, Part Two]]"</ref>
{{Dialogue a-b|Wesley|The Council's orders are to concentrate on...|Buffy|I don't think I'm gonna be taking any more orders. Not from you, not from them.|Buffy's "graduation" from the Watchers' Council|Graduation Day, Part One}}
[[Image:BuffyCollege.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Buffy is disconcerted when she is thrust into the new environment of U.C. Sunnydale.]]
Buffy initally experienced some difficulty adjusting to life as a college freshman,<ref name=Freshman>"[[The Freshman]]"</ref><ref name=Living>"[[Living Conditions]]"</ref> something made even harder with her Slayer duties and her separation from Angel. After sharing what she believed to be a night of emotional intimacy with fellow student [[Parker Abrams]], she became depressed when he neglected to contact her afterwards.<ref name=Harsh>"[[The Harsh Light of Day]]"</ref> Eventually, Buffy attracted the sincere attention of teacher's assistant [[Riley Finn]] and began to wonder how she would balance her Slayer duties while dating a seemingly-normal guy. However, while fighting [[the Gentlemen]], she discovered that Riley had a secret of his own; he was in fact a member of [[The Initiative (organization)|the Initiative]], a U.S. government task force created to research mystical and demonic creatures led by Buffy's psychology professor [[Maggie Walsh]].<ref name=Hush>"[[Hush]]"</ref> Buffy briefly joined forces with the Initiative, but her relentless questioning of the Initiative's plans and motivations, as well her relationship with Riley, began to unsettle Professor Walsh, who tried to dispose of her by having her killed in action.<ref name=Team>"[[The I in Team]]"</ref> Afterwards, Walsh was murdered by her own creation, a monstrous [[bio-mechanical demonoid]] named [[Adam]], who subsequently escaped and began his plan to create an army of similar super soldiers.<ref name=Iowa>"[[Goodbye Iowa]]"</ref> Meanwhile, Faith, having awakened from her coma, used a [[Draconian Katra|mystical device]] to switch bodies with Buffy.<ref name=ThisYear>"[[This Year's Girl]]"</ref> In Faith's body, Buffy was taken into custody by the [[Watchers Council Special Operations Team]]. She managed to escape and convince Giles of her true identity, and with the help of Willow and [[Tara Maclay]], reversed the body swap.<ref name=Who>"[[Who Are You]]"</ref> Buffy followed Faith to Los Angeles and came into conflict with Angel, who insisted that she could be rehabilitated. Faith eventually surrendered to the authorities,<ref name=Sanctuary>"[[Sanctuary]]"</ref> and Buffy and Angel made amends.<ref name=YokoFactor>"[[The Yoko Factor]]</ref> Eventually Riley, who had been torn between the Scooby Gang and the Initiative for some time, turned his back on the corrupt organization to join Buffy.<ref name=NewMoon>"[[New Moon Rising]]"</ref> Despite having drifted apart over the last year, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles finally reconciled and [[Enjoining spell|combined their essences]] by invoking the spirit of [[Sineya|the First Slayer]], allowing Buffy to physically destroy Adam.<ref name=Primeval>"[[Primeval]]"</ref> The four were later attacked in their dreams by the the First Slayer, who was offended by their use of the spell; Buffy promptly rejected her insistence that the Slayer work alone without friends.<ref name=Restless>"[[Restless]]"</ref>
{{Quote|I need to know more. About where I come from, about the other Slayers. I mean, maybe... maybe if I learn to control this thing, I could be stronger, I could be better.|Buffy embraces her role as the Slayer.|Buffy vs. Dracula}}
[[Image:BuffyTheGift.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Finally understanding the cryptic message "death is your gift", Buffy sacrifices herself to save the world and her sister.]]
Following her confrontation with the First Slayer, and an encounter with the famous vampire [[Dracula]], Buffy began to fully accept her duty as the Slayer for the first time in her life.<ref name=Drac>"[[Buffy vs. Dracula]]"</ref> A younger sister, [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]], mysteriously appeared in Buffy's household, her existence seamlessly integrated with the memories of Buffy, her friends, and her mother.<ref name=Real>"[[Real Me]]"</ref> Buffy discovered that Dawn wasn't her sister, but rather a ball of mystical energy known as [[the Key]] that could open interdimensional portals. A group of monks transformed the Key into human form to hide it from a hell-god known as [[Glorificus|Glory]], choosing the Slayer to protect it because they knew she would protect her sister with her life.<ref name=NoPlace>"[[No Place Like Home]]"</ref> Buffy's relationship with Riley began to deteriorate as she failed to give him the emotional intimacy he craved. Riley began visiting vampire brothels where he would allow himself to be bitten, and when Buffy discovered this, they finally broke up and Riley returned to the [[United States Armed Forces|military]].<ref name=Woods>"[[Into the Woods]]"</ref> As Buffy recovered from this, she was disgusted to learn that Spike, now unable to harm humans due to the Initiative's experiments on him, had fallen in love with her.<ref name=Crush>"[[Crush]]"</ref> Buffy was devastated when her mother, who had been experiencing health problems for months and only recently received surgery for a brain tumour, died unexpected from an aneurysm.<ref name=Body>"[[The Body]]"</ref> Taking up the role of Dawn's legal guardian, Buffy was forced to drop out of college to look after her sister.<ref name=Tough>"[[Tough Love]]"</ref> As she struggled to fully understand what being the Slayer meant, Giles took Buffy on a [[Vision Quest|vision quest]], where [[the Guide]] told her that death was her gift, a message she found confusing and hurtful so soon after her mother's death.<ref name=Intervention>"[[Intervention]]"</ref> When Glory finally discovered the Key and captured Dawn, Buffy retreated into her subconscious, where she battled with the guilt of failing to protect her sister.<ref name=Weight>"[[The Weight of the World]]"</ref> Willow successfully drew Buffy back out into consciousness, and the Scoobies attacked Glory's stronghold in full force. Despite everyone's efforts, Dawn's blood was used to open the interdimensional portal and chaos reigned on Earth. Buffy defeated Glory and, finally understanding the meaning of the message from the First Slayer, sacrificed her own life, using her own blood to close the portal so Dawn wouldn't have to. Afterwards, Buffy was buried on the outskirts of Sunnydale with the epitaph, "She saved the world. A lot."<ref name=Gift>"[[The Gift]]"</ref> Finally able to rest, she ascended to [[heaven]] and found peace.<ref name=AfterLife>"[[After Life]]"</ref>
{{Quote|Dawn, the hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.|Buffy's dying message to her sister.|The Gift}}
{{Quote|Everything here is... hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch.... this is hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that... knowing what I've lost...|Buffy after being pulled out of heaven.|After Life}}
[[Image:BuffyGrave.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Buffy experiences difficulty adjusting to life after being brought back from the grave.]]
Buffy was resurrected by her friends, who worried that she may have been in hell due to the mystical circumstances of her death.<ref name=Bargaining1>"[[Bargaining, Part One]]"</ref> Buffy's transition back to her life was difficult; she experienced an overwhelming sense of loss after being ripped from heaven, as well as the added everyday responsibilities of raising Dawn and paying bills. She attempted to keep her problems secret from her friends, not wanting them to share in her grief, and confided only to Spike that she had in fact been at peace while dead.<ref name=AfterLife/> Buffy's depression worsened when Giles, believing that he was standing in the way of her growing up, left Sunnydale and returned to England.<ref name=Tabula>"[[Tabula Rasa]]"</ref> Struggling to feel alive and seeking someone who understood her, she began a violent sexual relationship with Spike which left neither of them satisfied.<ref name=Smashed>"[[Smashed]]"</ref> At the same time, she was forced to deal with the ongoing efforts of the villainous [[Trio]], a group of nerds she went to high school with who had decided to take over Sunnydale. In order to deal with her increasing financial problems, Buffy started working at local burger bar the [[Doublemeat Palace (business)|Doublemeat Palace]], a job she found degrading and disturbingly mundane.<ref name=DoubleMeat>"[[Doublemeat Palace]]"</ref> A brief reunion with Riley shocked Buffy into finally breaking up with Spike, admitting to him that she was just using him and it was killing her.<ref name=AsYouWere>"[[As You Were]]"</ref> Confused and angry, Spike later cornered her in the bathroom and tried to rape her; Buffy fought him off, and Spike fled Sunnydale, horrified by his own actions.<ref name=Red>"[[Seeing Red]]"</ref> When [[Warren Mears]], the leader of the Trio, killed Willow's girlfriend Tara in an attempt to kill Buffy, Willow, possessed by dark magic and grief, exacted bloody revenge against him.<ref name=Villains>"[[Villains]]"</ref> Unable to condone Willow's actions, Buffy battled her best friend to stop her from committing more murders, but was promptly defeated before Giles came to her rescue.<ref name=22go>"[[Two to Go]]"</ref> Willow then tried to destroy the whole world to end everybody's pain, leaving Buffy and Dawn trapped underground. Xander eventually came through for Willow in the end and Buffy promised to change her self-destructive behavior in order to be there for her sister and appreciate life.<ref name=Grave>"[[Grave]]"</ref>
[[Image:SpuffyTouched.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Over time, Buffy's destructive relationship with her former enemy Spike evolves into genuine friendship.]]
As Dawn enrolled in the recently rebuilt Sunnydale High, Buffy was offered a job as guidance counselor by Principal [[Robin Wood]], which she gratefully accepted.<ref name=Lessons>"[[Lessons]]"</ref> Spike returned to Sunnydale after regaining his soul in an attempt to prove himself to Buffy. Buffy recognized the difference in him, and even when it seemed he may revert to a dangerous killer, she assured him that she believed in him.<ref name=Never>"[[Never Leave Me]]"</ref> When agents of [[First Evil|the First Evil]], the [[Bringers]], began tracking down and killing [[Potential Slayers]] in an attempt to wipe out the entire Slayer line, Buffy's home quickly filled up with teenage Potentials who came to Sunnydale for protection.<ref name=Night>"[[Bring on the Night]]"</ref> Buffy stepped into a leadership role to the girls and worked to train them into an army that could stand against the First and it's army of ancient [[Turok-Han]] vampires.<ref name=Showtime>"[[Showtime]]"</ref> She later [[Slayer Emergency Kit|contacted]] [[Shadow Men|the Shadow Men]] for assistance, who offered to increase her strength via the essence of [[Shadow demon|a demon]]. Buffy refused, unwilling to sacrifice her humanity in exchange for power.<ref name=GetitDone>"[[Get It Done]]"</ref> Meanwhile, a reformed Faith, having escaped from prison to help Angel, travelled to Sunnydale to aid the Scoobies in the battle. Upon learning that the First's minion [[Caleb]] had something of hers, Buffy led the Potentials into battle to retrieve it, which resulted in the loss of several girls as well as Xander's eye.<ref name=Dirty>"[[Dirty Girls]]"</ref> Blaming Buffy for the deaths and injuries, the Potentials held a mutiny and appointed Faith as their leader instead; even Buffy's friends and sister refused to stand up for her and Buffy was forced to leave her own house.<ref name=Empty>"[[Empty Places]]"</ref> Only Spike remained loyal to her, and his love and encouragement gave her the strength she needed to keep fighting.<ref name=Touched>"[[Touched]]"</ref> Buffy found the object Caleb was keeping from her—an ancient Slayer [[Scythe]]—and earned back the Scoobies' trust,<ref name=End>"[[End of Days]]"</ref> informing them of her plan to share her power with every single Potential. Willow used the Scythe to perform a spell which activated Slayers all around the world, and a huge battle was waged in Sunnydale between the Slayers and the Turok-Han. During the fight, Spike sacrificed himsef to close the Hellmouth once and for all. Before he crumbled to dust, Buffy admitted to his disbelief that she loved him, before escaping the ruins of Sunnydale with the other survivors.<ref name=Chosen>"[[Chosen]]"</ref>
{{Quote|So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be our power.|Buffy chooses to share her power with the Potentials.|Chosen}}
===Leader to the Slayers===
{{Quote|The thing about changing the world... once you do it, the world's all different. Everybody calls me "ma'am" these days.|Buffy reflects on her new role.|The Long Way Home}}
[[Image:BuffySummersSeason8.jpg|thumb|left|200px|After activating every Potential around the world, Buffy becomes the general of a global Slayer army.]]
Following the destruction of Sunnydale, the Scooby Gang scattered around the world to locate and train newly-activated Slayers. When Xander once again fell under the thrall of Dracula and went to live with him as his manservant, Buffy was forced to break into the vampire's castle and convince Dracula to let Xander go.<ref name=Antique>"[[Tales of the Vampires|Antique]]"</ref> Encompassing mystics and a wide technological armory,<ref name=LWH1>"[[The Long Way Home|The Long Way Home, Part One]]"</ref> the Scoobies expanded to keep on top of demonic threats on a more global level. Buffy funded [[Slayer Organization|this organization]] by going on a bank heist with other Slayers, which she reasoned was a "victimless crime" due to the bank's insurance.<ref name=Anywhere>"[[Anywhere but Here]]"</ref> As the Scoobies and the Slayers have been declared terrorists in the wake of Sunnydale's destruction, decoy Slayers were set up to divert enemy attention for Buffy's protection, [[Buffy Summers (Rome decoy)|one in Rome]], who was supposedly dating [[the Immortal]], and the [[Buffy Summers (underground decoy)|other underground]]; not even former allies like Angel were aware of her true location.<ref name=Girl>"[[The Girl in Question]]"</ref> Buffy, Dawn, and Xander eventually set their base in a [[Scotland|Scottish]] castle, with Buffy training a squad of new Slayers, including [[Satsu]], [[Rowena]], and [[Leah]].<ref name=LWH1/> However, she failed to experience the feelings of connection that the other Slayers did,<ref name=Sunset>"[[A Beautiful Sunset]]"</ref> and began to employ ruthlessly aggressive tactics against the Slayers' enemies, demon and human alike.<ref name=LWH4>"[[The Long Way Home|The Long Way Home, Part Four]]"</ref><ref name=NFFY3>"[[No Future For You|No Future For You, Part Three]]"</ref>
Over a year after Sunnydale's destruction, Buffy investigated signs of an attack from a new enemy known as [[Twilight]] and her team came under fire from the United States military, who had employed her old enemies [[Amy Madison]] and Warren Mears. Questioning [[General Voll]] as to his motive for attacking them, Buffy learned that he was part of a [[Twilight Group|cabal]] which considered all Slayers to be a threat, should they start to think of themselves as above the law.<ref name=LWH4/> While searching for information about upcoming dangers, Buffy discovered that Twilight planned to [[End of magic|eradicate all magic]] from the Earth and that Buffy would suffer a betrayal; "The closest. The most unexpected."<ref name=Anywhere/> In her first encounter with Twilight, she was warned that her decision to activate the Slayers had been a mistake, and she began to question her own actions.<ref name=Sunset/> Feeling lonely, Buffy shared a one-night-stand with Satsu,<ref name=WatG1>"[[Wolves at the Gate|Wolves at the Gate, Part One]]"</ref> but her inability to return Satsu's feelings caused the other Slayer to leave the squad.<ref name=WatG1>"[[Wolves at the Gate|Wolves at the Gate, Part One]]"</ref> On a mission to [[New York City|New York]], Buffy was transported several centuries into the future, where she discovered that the thousands of Slayers had been reduced to one individual, [[Melaka Fray]].<ref name=ToYL1>"[[Time of Your Life|Time of Your Life, Part One]]"</ref><ref name=ToYL2>"[[Time of Your Life|Time of Your Life, Part Two]]"</ref><ref name=ToYL3>"[[Time of Your Life|Time of Your Life, Part Three]]"</ref> Fray and a future version of Willow tried to prevent her from returning home, prompting Buffy to kill future Willow just as present Willow brought her back to her own time.<ref name=ToYL4>"[[Time of Your Life|Time of Your Life, Part Two]]"</ref> When [[Soledad|a Slayer]] tried and failed to kill [[Harmony Kendall]]—Buffy's old classmate-turned-vampire celebrity—on [[Harmony Bites|live television]], the public began to view Slayers as Nazi-like villains.<ref name=Harmonic>"[[Harmonic Divergence]]"</ref> With Twilight tracking them through their use of magic, Buffy led the Scoobies and Slayers to Tibet, where she hoped old friend and [[werewolf]] [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]] could teach them to suppress their magical powers.<ref>"[[Retreat|Retreat, Part One]]"</ref>
{{Dialogue a-b|Sineya|The Slayer does not walk in this world.|Buffy|I walk. I talk. I shop, I sneeze. I'm gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back. There's trees in the desert since you moved out and I don't sleep on a bed of bones. Now give me back my friends.|Buffy rejects the [[Sineya|First Slayer's]] insistance that she live alone.|Restless}}
Before becoming the Slayer, Buffy's personality was that of a superficial blonde valley girl; she herself claimed that even Cordelia "looked like a classical philosopher next to me".<ref name=Helpless>"[[Helpless]]"</ref> Initially snobby towards people of a lower social class such as Pike,<ref name=Origin/> the isolation she experienced from her popular friends at Hemery gave her new-found empathy towards outcasts like Willow and Xander.<ref name=WttH/> Nevertheless, Buffy was something of a rebel who did not conform to traditional Slayer conventions; Giles once admitted that "some flexibility is required" when it came to being Buffy's Watcher.<ref name=Line2>"[[What's My Line, Part Two]]"</ref> Buffy is unique as a Slayer in that she refuses to give up her "normal" life for her destiny and works with a group of close friends who know her identity. The spirit of the First Slayer once insisted to Buffy that the Slayer must work alone, a belief which Buffy rejected.<ref name=Restless/> Kendra, who had been trained as a Slayer from early childhood, told Buffy that a Slayer did not have the luxury of emotions. Buffy responded by claiming that her emotions gave her power and she considered them "total assets".<ref name=Line2/>
{{Quote|The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the Vampire Slayer. She's so little.|Jenny Calendar|Prophecy Girl}}
Buffy's distinguishing features include a bite-mark scar on the right side of her neck. She originally received this bite from the Master, but the scar was not displayed directly on screen until after Angel bit her. She has since also been bitten by Dracula. In high school, Buffy unwillingly received a tattoo of the [[Mark of Eyghon]] from [[Ethan Rayne]], but later spent her allowance on having it removed.<ref name=DarkAge>"[[The Dark Age]]"</ref>
==Powers and abilities==
===Slayer powers===
:''See [[Slayer#Powers and abilities|Slayer]]''
Buffy is a Slayer and has the normal powers that other Slayers do, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, accelerated healing, and a limited ability to sense the presence of demons. She possesses the collective memories of all past Slayers, and has some degree of precognition that allows her to see upcoming events in her dreams, such as her temporary death at the hands of the Master<ref name=Prophecy/>, Angel's transformation into Angelus,<ref name=Innocence/> and the arrival of the Gentlemen.<ref name=Hush/> Although she is sometimes considered a dumb blonde by herself and others, Buffy possesses strong leadership skills in battle and has a natural flair for cunning plans, such as her strategy to activate all Potential Slayers to defeat the First.<ref name=Chosen/>
===Other powers===
In addition to the common Slayer powers, Buffy has gained other abilities through spells:
*'''Mystical protection''' — After becoming leader to the activated Slayers, Xander comments that Buffy has some degree of mystical protection over her now, at least while she sleeps. To that end, her protection means even daggers split apart so as not to pierce her skin.<ref name=LWH3>"[[The Long Way Home|The Long Way Home, Part Three]]"</ref>
*'''Mystical link with Willow''' — Buffy's connection to Willow is now so strong, that even when unconscious, Willow's consciousness can at will channel an amount of her power through Buffy.<ref name=LWH4/>
*'''Resistance to mind control:''' Though not exactly a power ''per se'', Buffy has shown somewhat of a resistance to hypnotic powers; though she has been hypnotized by both the Master and Dracula, she eventually breaks free of their control, and further attempts to hypnotize her by both were futile.
===Temporary powers===
Buffy has had possession of other abilities for brief periods of time:
*'''Telepathy''' — In high school, Buffy received an aspect of a demon that she killed, and gained the ability to hear the thoughts of others (although not vampires, which leave no reflection in the mind). She became unable to control all of the thoughts in her head, so Angel killed a second demon of this type and fed her a potion containing the demon's heart, stopping the ability altogether.<ref name=Earshot>"[[Earshot]]"</ref>
*'''Enjoining spell''' — In order to defeat Adam, Buffy became the focus of a [[enjoining spell|complex spell]] that drew on the pure source of the Slayer's power and briefly gave her the combined abilities of Xander, Willow, and Giles. She became faster, stronger and had magical abilities. For example, she telekinetically stopped Adam's bullets in the air and turned a missile into a dove. She was able to punch through Adam's armored hide and rip out his radioactive uranium power core without ill effects. Immediately after Buffy defeated the nearly invincible Adam, the spell faded.<ref name=Primeval/>
*'''Invisibility''' — Shortly after her resurrection, Buffy was accidentally rendered invisible by the Trio. At first, she enjoyed her new ability, before she learned that her life was in danger. Willow reverses the effects when she gets a hold of the Trio's gun.<ref name=Gone>"[[Gone]]"</ref>
[[Image:Buffy Grave.jpg|thumb|Buffy's tombstone, after her second death jumping into Glory's portal.]]
{{Quote|Hey, I've died twice.|Buffy Summers|Once More, With Feeling}}
Buffy died at the age of sixteen after being bitten and drowned by the Master.<ref name=Prophecy/> This was a clinical death, in which the heart stops beating, but there is still brain activity. People who experience clinical deaths have often been revived. This death activated Kendra Young as the Slayer.<ref name=Line1/>
Buffy's second death occurred when she was twenty years old, when she sacrificed herself to save Dawn and the world by hurling herself off a tower and using her own body to close a mystical portal. She was buried in a Sunnydale cemetery,<ref name=Gift/> where her body rested for 147 days until Willow, Xander, Tara, and [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]] resurrected her.<ref name=Bargaining1/>
When Buffy was shot by Warren Mears, she briefly flatlined in the hospital before being saved by Willow, who removed the bullet via telekinesis. It is never acknowledged by Buffy or anyone else whether this constituted a third death.<ref name=Villains/> Buffy's nightmare came true when she was turned into a vampire by the Master because a comatose [[Billy Palmer]] was inadvertently merging the line between reality and dreams; this death was quickly reversed when Billy woke up.<ref name=Nightmares/> An [[Buffy Summers (Wishverse)|alternate version of Buffy]] also died at the hands of the Master, who snapped her neck, but this [[Wishverse|timeline]] was erased by [[Rupert Giles (Wishverse)|Giles]].<ref name=Wish>"[[The Wish]]"</ref>
:''See [[Buffy Summers/Relationships]]''
Buffy's most significant romances in her life were with the vampires Angel and Spike. Angel was her high school sweetheart and first love, but he eventually left her because his immortality and vampiric nature meant their relationship was doomed. Spike was initially her enemy, but he fell in love with her and the pair eventually formed a meaningful connection. Buffy continued to dream about both men, often together, long after the respective relationships ended. In one of these dreams, Spike commented that she could no longer tell them apart.<ref name=AlwaysDarkest>"[[Always Darkest]]"</ref>
Other important relationships of Buffy's have included Pike, Riley Finn, and Satsu. Pike was her friend and love interest when she first began her journey as the Slayer, but the pair broke up before she came to Sunnydale. In college, she dated Riley in the hopes of having a "normal" relationship, only to discover he was an Initiative soldier. Satsu was Buffy's fellow Slayer, as well as her first and only homosexual relationship.
:''See [[Buffy Summers/Gallery]]''
The following appearances are considered [[canon]]ical and form Buffy's official biography.
;''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]''
: Buffy is a regular character for all seven seasons of the televsion series (1997-2003). Buffy and Willow are the only two characters who appear in [[List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes|all of the series' 144 episodes]].
;''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin]]''
: A 1999 comic book adaptation of the non-canonical ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' movie.
;''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''
:'''Season One'''
*"[[City of]]" (1999) <small>(Footage from various ''Buffy'' episodes)</small>; "[[The Bachelor Party]]" (1999) <small>(Footage from "[[Pangs]]")</small>; "[[I Will Remember You]]" (1999); "[[Sanctuary]]" (2000)
:'''Season Five'''
*"[[Conviction]]" (2003) <small>(Footage from "[[Chosen]]")</small>; "[[Soul Purpose]]" (2004) <small>(Seen only from back of head, audio clips taken from "[[The Prom]]")</small>
;''[[Tales of the Slayers]]''
*"[[Tales of the Slayers#Broken Bottle of Djinn, 1997|Broken Bottle of Djinn]]" (2002); "[[Tales of the Slayers#Tales|Tales]]" (2002)
;''[[Tales of the Vampires]]''
*[[Tales of the Vampires#Antique|"Antique"]] (2004)
;''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight]]''
:Buffy is a regular character and appears in all issues so far, with the exception of "[[The Chain]]" and "[[Predators and Prey|Safe]]".
As the main character in the franchise, Buffy has also appeared in the majority of ''Buffy'' [[expanded universe]] material.
;[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)|''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' film]]
: Buffy's first ever appearance, in 1992. ''The Origin'' replaces its role in ''Buffy'' canon.
;[[Buffy comics|''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' comic books]], [[Buffy novels|novels]], and [[Buffy video games|video games]]
:Tie-in material not written or plotted by Joss Whedon are of unknown canonicity.
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==See also==
*[[Buffy Summers (Wishverse)]]
*[[Buffy Summers (underground decoy)]]
*[[Buffy Summers (Rome decoy)]]
==External links==
*[ Buffy Summers at Wikipedia]
*[ Buffy Summers at Dark Horse Database]
*[ Buffy Summers at IMDb]
*[ Buffy Summers at Comic Book DB]
*[ Buffy at]
*[ Buffy at]
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