- “Kill the bad fairy, destroy the bad fairy's power center, whatever, and all the troubles go away?”
- ―Buffy Summers (Wishverse)[src]
When Anyanka arrived at Sunnydale High School, in 1998, her vengeance demon pendant attracted Cordelia Chase's attention, asking if it was from Gucci, the luxury fashion company. Anya denied it and explained: "it's an actual old thing, sort of a luck charm my dad gave me." The explanation hid the reality of it being a thousand year old magical amulet given by her leader D'Hoffryn.
Anya lent Cordelia her power center, saying "I think you need this more than I do right now," while motivating her to make a wish. Once the wish was done, Cordelia appeared in an alternative reality still using the pendant, where Rupert Giles took it from her corpse in order to research it. In his books, Giles found out it was the Symbol of Anyanka, and that one should destroy her power center in order to defeat her, reversing all granted wishes and rendering her powerless — and human — again.
First unaware the vengeance demon's power center was the Symbol of Anyanka, the Watcher invoked her, who appeared with her own pendant on her neck. While fighting, he noticed the Symbol had an unnatural green glow, so he ripped her necklace and broke it with a paper weight against a table. The destruction of the Symbol brought the main reality back seconds before Cordelia's wish, but Anya had no power to comply with it anymore.
After Xander Harris left her at the alter, Anya was once more offered her job as a demon by D'Hoffryn. She accepted, and received a new Symbol of Anyanka, which she maintained under her shirt when she tried to trick the Scoobies into making a wish against Xander. The new Symbol was a light green stone, with oval design and silver chain, similar to Halfrek's.
Behind the scenes
- In the novel version of the video game Chaos Bleeds, Xander defeats the alternate reality Anyanka by remembering Giles smashing the pendent and then doing the same with the alternate Anyanka's. This renders her human and she runs off unlike in the game itself where Xander kills her in combat.
- "The Wish"
- Own It, Part Four: Vengeance
- Own It, Part Five: It's on You