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This article is about the sentient dimension. For other uses, see Twilight.


I will be more monstrous, more beautiful, than anything [Buffy] has ever feared or fantasized.
―Twilight[src]

Twilight was the consciousness of a prophesied new dimension to replace Earth and its contents. Seeking a vampire and a Slayer for this evolution, Twilight manipulated Angel and Buffy Summers into giving birth to itself. The name Twilight also applied to the masked persona adopted by Angel in order to bring about this apocalypse.

HistoryEdit

ProphecyEdit

It-it's just a Watcher myth... A fairy tale.
―Rupert Giles[src]
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Giles tells about thirty Watchers in the 1860s who took their own lives in fear of Twilight.

The entity known as Twilight apparently existed in some form since the creation of Earth. The Watchers Council were aware of it, and spoke of a prophecy in which a Slayer would change everything in the world and be granted the power of a god, as well as the chance to bring about the birth of a new world. In the 1680s, it appeared as though the Twilight prophecy would come to pass with the current Slayer; the Watchers were so afraid that thirty members of the Council committed mass suicide.[1]

The demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart also knew about Twilight and actively worked for many years to bring it about, believing that they themselves would play a crucial role in it.[2]

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Whistler brings Buffy and Angel together towards the Twilight.

Whistler, an agent of The Powers That Be, identified the ensouled vampire Angel and introduced him to Buffy, who had been just called as the Slayer.[3] Whistler knew they were destined to either die together, kill each other, or change the world. After thousands of years working to bring balance to the world, he decided to use them for this new evolution.[4]

The prophecy was finally set in motion when Buffy and her witch friend Willow Rosenberg activated multiple Potential Slayers around the world, turning them into fully-powered Slayers.[5] By shifting the balance of power in the world so drastically, Buffy had proven herself as the Slayer spoken of in the Twilight prophecy, believed to be the "next step up the metaphysical ladder." Her reward for this would be to eventually gain god-like superpowers,[1] including increased strength, flight, and complete invulnerability;[6] these powers would enable her to bring about Twilight and survive the resulting apocalypse. As the "yin to her yang," Buffy's vampire ex-boyfriend Angel was also chosen for this purpose.[1]

Angel as "Twilight"Edit

For thousands of years, the universe has been watching, waiting to find one Slayer, just one, who measures up to its test. Century after century, they all meet the same fate. Until Buffy Summers came along and did the one thing that no Slayer, no Slayer in history, had ever done before.
―Rupert Giles[src]
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Angel attacks Buffy as the masked "Twilight".

Some time following the restoration from the Fall of Los Angeles, Angel was contacted by Twilight, communicating through vessels such as humans and animals. It convinced him that in order to protect the world from an inevitable apocalypse involving Buffy's recently-created Slayer Organization, Angel would have to adopt the "Twilight" persona and become Buffy's enemy to prevent the entire world from going through what Los Angeles did during the Fall. Angel, who had recently received god-like abilities, reluctantly agreed to work for the entity. As the masked "Twilight", Angel believed he had to unite the anti-Slayer terrorist forces in a single cabal under his leadership and minimize the resulting destruction they would cause. His other objective was to become the focus of Buffy's anger and power so that she would meet her true potential.[7]

Angel was initially reluctant to deceive Buffy, but was eventually convinced by his old ally Whistler that not doing so would result in Earth's destruction.[8] Adopting a leather costume which masked his face, Angel recruited various factions to his anti-Slayer army; these included human members of the United States Armed Forces such as General Voll and Riley Finn, demon evolutionists such as Pearl and Nash, and Buffy's existing enemies, Amy Madison and Warren Mears.

At this point, Wolfram & Hart discovered that the Twilight would not include the Senior Partners, contrary to what they expected. The law firm then planned to appropriate an interdimensional vehicle in order to evacuate the Earth dimension completely.[2]

Buffy began having a same dream repeatedly, in which a "thing" (Twilight in his winged lion form) chased her and, no matter how hard she ran, it always ended up swallowing her whole, saying: "the queen is dead."[9] Angel had his first attack directly against Buffy as the masked "Twilight", when he told her that activating the Slayers was a mistake and that she would suffer as a result; he explained to his followers that he had to strip Buffy of her moral certainty in order to defeat her.[10] He also orchestrated various global assaults on the Slayer Organization, including a mystical missile attack on their Scottish base[11] and the Swell in Japan.[12]

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Twilight urges Buffy and Angel to have sex in order to give birth to itself.

Having already killed hundreds of Slayers across the world, Twilight/Angel's forces eventually cornered Buffy's core group in Tibet, where they had sought sanctuary in a monastery with werewolves Oz and his wife Bayarmaa.[13] During the battle against his army and the awaken Wrathful goddess, Buffy's Twilight powers were finally activated.[14] After defeating the three goddesses,[15] Buffy tested hew new powers with enthusiasm, until she theorized that the source had been the deaths of multiple Slayers in a coordinated attack worldwide.[16][17] Buffy then used these powers to attack the masked "Twilight", who had kidnapped her allies Rupert Giles, Faith Lehane, and Andrew Wells, and was horrified when she unmasked him as Angel.[18]

Furious at his actions over the previous months, including the death of 206 Slayers, Buffy immediately tried to stake and fought Angel, but his invulnerability protected him long enough for him to explain himself. He told her that there was a divine reason why they loved each other and encouraged her to give in to that love. A glow began to overtake them, seeming to taking away Buffy's ability to fight against it. With Twilight urging them on, Buffy and Angel gave in to their passions;[18] they had powerful airborne sex which caused them to smash through mountains, fly into outer space, then break through the walls of reality.[1]

The Twilight crisisEdit

Don't you know me by now, Angel? I never do what I'm meant for.
―Buffy rejects Twilight[src]
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Buffy and Angel arrive in the Twilight dimension.

Buffy and Angel's love making was the catalyst needed to give birth to the Twilight dimension. As Twilight was born, Earth succumbed to natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and cyclones,[1] and numerous hordes of "placenturian" demons were unleashed through inter-dimensional portals to destroy Earth and allow the passage of the new universe. Meanwhile, Buffy and Angel found themselves transported to Twilight itself, an idyllic dimension where the reality was shaped in reaction to them. Though Angel initially planned to comply with the prophecy and remain in Twilight, Buffy realized the dire situation her friends were in, and he reluctantly agreed to accompany Buffy back to Earth.[19]

When Spike arrived on the scene, he revealed that the solution to the current crisis laid in the ruins of Sunnydale; more specifically, the sunken church where the Order of Aurelius dwelt and where the Master was imprisoned after his original attempt to open the Hellmouth. Inside the church laid the Seed of Wonder,[7] a mystical artifact which drew magic into this reality and sustained the gateways to other dimensions. Spike explained that the Seed was effectively the source of all creation, and its destruction would lead to the end of magic, while its removal would result in an apocalypse; thus, they had to ensure that the Seed remained untouched by both human and demon hands. The Scooby Gang returned to Sunnydale to track down the Seed and avert the demonic hordes, where they discovered the Master, resurrected by the Seed, had been guarding it.[20]

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Twilight alone in its dimension.

While helping Slayers throughout the world from the placenturians, Angel was confronted by Twilight itself in the form of a winged lion. It fought Angel for having been abandoned, and demanded that he and Buffy finish what they started. Twilight then physically possessed Angel and traveled to Sunnydale.[21] While possessed, Angel killed both the Master and Giles, who were respectively trying to protect and destroy the Seed.[22]

End of magicEdit

Buffy... What happened? Did we... Did we win?
―Angel awakes from Twilight's possession[src]

Devastated by Giles' death, Buffy beat Angel back and then used the weapon to destroy the Seed, banishing the placenturians back to where they spilled from, and ensuring that the Twilight prophecy would not come to pass. However, this action also closed all portals and pathways to other dimensions, leaving Earth effectively cut off from magic. Although the prophecy had not completely come to pass, the Twilight entity and dimension continued to exist, alone and unable to access Earth again.[22]

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