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ONTD Original: Top 5 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Continuity/Inconsistency Errors

Greetings, ONTD.
Welcome to the 12th installment of the ONTD Original Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Today, I'm doing an installment on the top five inconsistencies in the series that just drove me nuts. Why five? Because these are the only five I could think of that just seemed to carry on and on and on...

Disclaimer: This post is my opinion, and my opinion only. <3 I love commenting back and forth, and I'm absolutely open to opposing views or critique, but please be kind and respectful to each other/me. These posts are bringing me such joy in the middle of intense isolation, and I truly enjoy making these posts and commenting back and forth with my fellow Buffy fans. <3. That being said, let's jump in!

[If the apocalypse comes, beep me]
5. Vampires Breathing
So what's the deal with vampires breathing? They can't breathe, or they can? They can smoke, but they can't breathe? They can't give CPR, but they can get out of breath and pant to...catch their breath? Make it make sense!

Season 1, Episode 12
Xander: There's a shot... CPR...
Angel: (panting, out of breath from running) You'll have to do it...I have no breath...

Season 2, Episode 22
Spike proceeds to choke Drusilla out, so he can throw her in the car and leave town so Buffy won't kill them...

Season 7, Episode 10
The First instructs the Turok-Han to continue drowning Spike as means of torture.

[Hey Ive died twiiiice...]
4. Buffy's Strength
Buffy's strength seems to depend on what's going on. Perhaps this is similar to a Mom getting strength to lift a car because of adrenaline? I don't know. Either way, her strength throughout the series fluctuates considerably.

Season 1, Episode 2
Giles: We're too late!
Buffy: I didn't know I was gonna get grounded!
Xander: Can you break it down?
Buffy: No, not that thing.

Season 6, Episode 7
Cast: Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn, let it burn!
*Buffy kicks down the giant metal door and it goes flying*
Sweet: Show time.

Season 3, Episode 1
Buffy: Ok. This works the abs, and the glutes. *grunts* I'm gonna feel this for a week.
*Lifts a metal gate with seemingly maximum effort*

Season 2, Episode 15
Werewolf Hunter: No wonder this town's overrun with monsters. No one here's man enough to kill 'em!
Buffy: Oh, I wouldn't be too sure of that.
*Buffy bends the barrel of the shot gun with seemingly moderate effort*

[Im under your spellll]
3. Slayer Lore
Into every generation, a slayer is born. One girl in all the world..
One girl? One girl is born in all the world, per generation?
Cut to Kendra being 'chosen' and taken from her family at a young age. Cut to Faith, being ready to be called immediately upon Kendra's death. Cut to Buffy in season 7, asking Giles why when she died, the other slayer wasn't called (even though Faith was alive?) Cut to the small army of girls who migrated to Sunnydale in season 7 that were all 'potential slayers'? I just don't get it. The entire first season is predicated on the "Into every generation, a slayer is born..." only to sh*t on it through the rest of the series? Also, the Oracle, who supposedly knows ALL, says Buffy was the reason the forces around the chosen line to become unstable by coming back from the dead, but Faith is technically the 'active' slayer, who hasn't died. What?

Season 1, Episode 1
Giles: Because you are the slayer. Into each generation, a slayer is born. One girl in all the world, a chosen one. One born with the strength...
Buffy: ...the strength and skill to hunt the vampires. To stop the spread of their evil, blah blah blah...I've heard it, okay?

Season 7, Episode 11
Giles: If the First has been around for all time, then why hasn't it attempted something like this before? Why now?
Oracle: The opportunity has only recently presented itself.
Giles: Opportunity?
Oracle: The mystical forces surrounding the chosen line have become irrevocably altered, become unstable. Vulnerable.
Anya: Something the First did.
Oracle: The First Evil did not cause the disruption. Only ceased upon it to extinguish the lives of the chosen forever.
Giles: Then what has caused the disruption? What is responsible for letting this happen?
Oracle: The slayer.

Season 6, Episode 22
Buffy: I just...I don't understand why I'm back.
Giles: You have a calling.
Buffy: But it was my time, Giles. Someone would've taken my place. So...why?

[Bored now...]
2. How Vampires Die
Did you ever notice vampires deaths seem to depend on who they are, who is killing them, and how it suits the story? Is their heart in their stomach, chest, or neck? Does sunlight cause them to vaporize, or just slowly start to cook? Does holy water hurt like a splash of boiling water, or is it more like a slow burn of a semi-corrosive chemical? Hmm...

Season 4, Episode 3
Spike: Take it off me this way, we both burn!
Buffy: Really? Let's see.
*Spike slowly starts to smoke, but has plenty of time to dive into the sewer opening*

Season 2, Episode 21
Vampire: Tonight. You will come to him. You will come to him, or more will die. Tonight. His hour is at hand!
*Vampire has plenty of time to finish her statement while she slowly starts smoking, then suddenly bursts into flames and disappears*

Season 3, Episode 12
Vampire: Ahh, don't seem to understand your place in all of this. Do you have any ide...oh my. What did you... my pills... *grunts*
*Buffy holds up empty vial of holy water*
Buffy: If I was at full slayer power, I'd be punning right about now...
*Vampire slowly vaporizes*

Season 4, Episode 16
*Riley throws vampire into sunlight without his cover*
*Vampire immediately vaporizes*
Riley: Forgot your coat.

Season 1, Episode 2
Willow: Get off of him!
*Willow throws holy water on Darla's face, it immediately begins smoking and melting her face off.*
*Darla runs away screaming and smoking like a hot dog on the fourth of July*

Season 1, Episode 2
Jesse: Phew. Oh right. Put me out of my misery. You don't have the gu--
*random passerby pushes Jesse onto the stake...into his neck*
*Jesse turns to dust anyway*

[Its in about nine hours, moron.]
1. The Location of Sunnydale
It's got docks. It's got woods. It's got a State University. But, we don't have a whole lot of town...right, Cordelia? The crater that's left also isn't that big (see the last screen cap in this post) ... so how on earth did all of this work? This is a case for the FBI.

Season 2, Episode 15
Here are Buffy and Giles in the lovely woods of Sunnydale.

Season 2, Episode 13
Here are Buffy and Angel, at the lovely Sunnydale docks.

Season 1, Episode 12
Here is a lovely overview of Sunnydale, with tons of beautiful foothills surrounding it. So lovely.

Season 7, Episode 22
And here is what's left when Sunnydale sinks into the Hellmouth. Desert and snow capped mountains in the distance. Not an inkling of ocean, woods, docks, none of it. Hmm.

So, ONTD... what are some of the consistency/continuity errors that bothered you throughout the series? Do you think any of mine are wrong, or do you think I missed any glaring ones? (Probable, to be fair, since I only selected five)

If you're interested in seeing the previous posts:
Post 1: Ranking 'Series Regular' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Characters
Post 2: Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 'Hellmouth' Metaphors for Real Life Struggles
Post 3: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In Defense of Season 6
Post 4: Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes to Fight 2021
Post 5: The Fashion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Post 6: Character "Best and Worst Moments" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Post 7: Top 20 Quotes/Lines/Dialogue Moments from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Post 8: Top 15 "Wee Little Baddies" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Post 9: Foreshadowing of Future Events in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Post 10: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast: Where Are They Now?
Post 11: Top Episodes with Power Messages from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sources: My brain, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Tags: alyson hannigan, buffyverse / whedonverse, ontd original, sarah michelle gellar

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I love this series so much!! <3
the vampire breath thing - yeah. spike choking out dru made no sense. and angel being drowned on his show all summer was so dumb.

but buffy died - so kendra was called. she was THE slayer. then she died, so faith was called, and SHE was THE slayer. but she never died, so another one wasn't called. it made sense to me. but the conversations they had about it made no sense, as did them always forgetting about faith.

the eye of beljoxa meant the slayer being brought back from heaven was to blame, not buffy herself. giles explains that to anya in literally the next scene.

i always thought the older the vamp, the longer it took for them to die. or the stake wasn't in fully? or...yeah. nonsensical.

my biggest issues were buffy's birthday that they could never settle on, buffy's address that they could never settle on, and WTF HAPPENED TO THE SHIT THAT CAME OUT OF GLORY'S PORTAL??? and the ubervamps that potentials could kill IMMEDIATELY after becoming slayers. stop.

also, idt op has seen angel, but - vampires can get drunk. so who the hell did the retconning on angel where they couldn't get drunk?
I love your points! <3
I felt like the explanation that Buffy being brought back though and having that significant of an impact made zero sense...Buffy wasn't "the slayer" technically, because Faith why was Buffy the big deal? Idk to me it just didn't make sense.

I agree with you SO MUCH on the Glory portal thing!!! lol.
because they hated faith, that's all lol.

i really wanna know where tf that dragon went. is it still living somewhere in california? is it snacking on random californians? does it have a little cave of its own? where is it??


2 months ago

Not long after the series finale aired there was a leaked draft of the final episode script floating around. Supposedly it was legit, 90% of the dialog and actions were the same but there were some changes.

- Andrew died and Anya lived (this makes sense, and Emma Caulfield has stated she wanted to be killed off in the finale so she could just be done with the show and move on)
- they explicitly state that because Dawn's existence was based on Buffy, she was a slayer all along. Further, it was wedging her into the slayer hierarchy that somehow created a short circuit between her, Buffy, and Faith letting the 'slayer power' be jeopardized and moving The First to act.

Real? I can't swear it. Makes sense? Too much.
the breath thing was sooooo ridiculous lmao

with the potentials becoming slayers how does the dying work. lol. like is it just exponential slayers forever

it's been too long for me to remember the details but there was also a lot of shit that came up as twists for episodes that sort of changed the canon and then were never brought up again like the praying mantis people & eggs and some of the demon/vamp history was so inconsistent
Op, idk if you're taking suggestions about posts but you should do Cordelia's best moments <3
The way some vampires turn quickly and others take long enough to be buried?

The way everyone tolerated Xander and didn’t murder him?
The Xander part...hahahahahahaha
I'm dying.
I love this comment. <3
The Xander part is depressingly realistic. Too many friend groups have that one person that you just don't understand why they're there because they SUCK but the group never gets rid of them.
Your first point reminded me:

I'm sure they said a few times (maybe on Angel, idr) that to become a vampire a person has to drink the blood of the vampire that bit them. That doesn't seem to be the case at all for most of the show(s) though; instead it seems like being bitten by a vampire equals automatic turning.
I feel like Xander is Joss and the character was inspired by Joss’ own life and personality 😂
What a great post OP! ❤️
This series is amazing OP. And SERIOUSLY all of these bug me too
I think the writers have said before that the older a vampire is, the longer they take to burn and the harder it is to kill them. Apparently that's why Angel and Spike smoulder in direct sunlight and newer vampires instantly burst into flames.

That's also why the vampire that's chasing Faith in her first episode in season 3 (who's supposed to be really old), when Buffy stakes him he doesn't die. Faith has to impale him on a big wooden beam to dust him
I love this post great choices and examples ::laughing::
dunno if it's an inconsistency, but i thought anya had a good point in selfless when she said they let everybody else off the hook (especially spike) but they were up her ass about being a vengeance demon after they all abandoned her
Anya was so good at calling out the gang on their crap, even though most of the time she didn't even realize she was doing it.

I kinda loved the approach that everyone had with Spike with s4 (and some of s5). They only let him live out of pity or pure boredom. Like, if any of the gang was to say "I'm about to go kill Spike" everyone else would have just shrugged.
If only she had added to Xander

“Oh and it’s perfectly fine for you to date an ex vengeance demon, but Buffy dating a vampire with a soul was soooo horrible and you had to go on and on about it for about 3 seasons, you hypocritical piece of shit”.

I should write for shows.
It also lines up with how they treated Faith for accidentally killing someone when they sent out a 16 year old girl every night to kill people but somehow Angel and Spike were allowed to murder endless people and love it.
The way they handled that was atrocious. There's no way the Watcher's council didn't have experience with this sort of thing. But then again, I wouldn't put it pass them to kill off a potentially rogue slayer to activate the next in line.
Also unlike vampires, we knew vengeance demons are capable of feelings like remorse and regret, so acting like Anya was beyond reasoning with and saving in the same way as Angel in season 2 always felt like a really obviously silly.

Like...she was literally helping you save the world at the end of season 6 and even tried to help talk Willow down from a big vengeance spree WHILE a vengeance demon.
This always drove me nuts. I was 100% team Anya in that entire situation. Can’t believe how quick the crew was to just KILL her.


2 months ago

And why was first season Buffy always wearing a huge cross if it doesn’t seem to bother vampires at all? Did it originally?
yeah it burns Angel on the chest when they kiss one time
doesn't jenny also use a cross to get angel to let willow go in the hallway scene in innocence? it seems to bother them, but not be deadly
The crosses are used quite a bit to 'warn' vamps - throughout the whole series. In my head, being in the presence of them just stings them a lil
For the *aesthetic*
Yeah, it burned a hole into Anegl's chest when they kissed in S1. Spike also lays across one in S7 and burns.
Spike was smoldering when he laid on the cross, so I think it has some effect on them but doesn't kill them or anything.
I hated the breath thing !! and how you could see it in the cold. I think it was more of a suspension of disbelief thing but I didn't like they used it when it was convenient #lazy
i can't remember what episode it is, but i remember there being a line about it taking like ten minutes to drive half way across town and i remmeber thinking that was so ridiculous considering how small sunnydale is supposed to be
My little annoyance is that the Turok-Han pretty much kill Buffy in season 7 before the finale - they're shown as being utterly impenetrable (apart from the one in the work site - but then that took about 30 mins of showmanship to kill him off)

Then Willow does her witchy voodoo and all the potentials suddenly can slice and dice through these Turok-Han in seconds, even the scooby gang get a few if I remember correctly (and they aren't even involved in the spell!!)

I suspend belief and just assume things that make it make sense - no show is perfect. But that always bothered me.
I was so excited when the Turok-Han showed up but the finale made them a joke.
Yeah it was a bit of a dud (I still absolutely love the finale though, it's obvs one of my faves of all time!) I've heard some theories that the ones down in the hellmouth were ones in 'training' or were 'young' Turok-Hans. Which I can make myself believe for a 20-odd year old show haha.
The only time this show made me happy with continuity is in s7. “Kick his ass?” “I never said that!”
And it still lead absolutely nowhere, such as a slow painful death for Xander.
I know. It just never fails to make me happy. I forget who wrote it but they were a big Buffy fan pre getting the gig so they did it on purpose as a shoutout. A bright spot in the best s7 episode (iirc....been a zillion years but jr was my fav)


May 4 2021, 10:53:17 UTC 2 months ago Edited:  May 4 2021, 10:55:19 UTC

I remember literally cheering when that came up again I couldn’t believe we all got that closure (in a small way) lmao so good.
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