|This article is about the Xander from 2019 comic series. For other uses, see Xander.|
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While created as part of licensed material, it is not part of the original Buffyverse, but its own developed story.
Xander grew up in Sunnydale and spent his summers in Los Angeles. He had Willow Rosenberg as his best friend since childhood. He plays a lot of video games and would regularly blog about his internal conflicts under the username @theXeppo, especially about his feelings of isolation.
One night, after eating at Tunaverse with Willow, they were attacked by a vampire, but fellow classmate Buffy Summers dusted him. Curious about the incident, Xander sought Buffy out at school to know more about her. After Willow invited her to hang out, the three talked about the reality of the supernatural and her identity as the Slayer.
The three friends quickly became allies in the fight against vampires and formed the Scooby Gang. They patrolled together as well as trained with Rupert Giles, Buffy’s Watcher and school librarian.
With the still growing friendship, Xander developed a crush on Buffy, who didn’t see him the same way. The vampires Drusilla and Spike, who had robbed Buffy’s cellphone, messaged him and made him believe the Slayer wanted to see him alone. He was devastated when he finally realized the truth, he broke down and started sobbing. The Mistress Drusilla, took advantage of his vulnerability and offered to sire him — and he tearfully accepted such a fate.
In truth, Drusilla had planned to bite him and leave Xander to die, only Spike decided to give him his blood to complete the siring. Xander was left on Giles's doorstep with a note pinned to his shirt: "Tasteless". Giles took his body to a bed and Jennifer Calendar performed a ritual that contained the then vampiric Xander within a protective circle. Still between death and demon, the Scooby Gang began their search for the Anima Colligationem, a relic capable of tethering a soul to the stone itself. Meanwhile, as Buffy and Willow mourned him, Xander waked up joking in his usual manner. His demon then suddenly surfaced, and Xander talked crudely and threatened his friends while in his new vamp face. The demon revealed itself to be nothing more than a collective manifestation of Xander's darkest thoughts and then begins to taught the Scooby Gang's efforts to save Xander as futile and meaningless.
However, it had been revealed that Spike strongly believed that Xander's mind must be completely warped since Xander always hangs out with Willow and Buffy and he was constantly overshadowed and ignored by them. Therefore he decided to not complete the siring process and therefore leave Xander in a state between demon and death, claiming that the choice was Xander's to either turn into a demon or let himself die. Although Spike did note that due to Xander's inner nihilism, Xander's demon had the potential to become an even more sadistic vampire than anything he had seen.
Personality and traits
Xander was highly sarcastic and enjoyed playing video games. While he loved this friends, he had kept his internal conflicts a secret from them. But he did regularly blog about his internal conflicts under the username @theXeppo. Despite having friends, Xander had a deep feeling of isolation and would unsuccessfully try to cope with this, often criticizing and damning himself to be unlovable and deserving of his depressive state, and therefore fully coming to accept his inner self-nihilism.
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- Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Two
- Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Three
- Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Four
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