Buffy the Vampire Slayer

TV Show • 1997 • Sci-Fi  Report
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AnimalLover90
There is also mention of no longer leaving weapons lying around and having learned that lesson after what happened with a pet that is not regularly mentioned/seen in the show, save for a few times in total. It is also mentioned in the show that some demons play cards for kittens instead of money, and when Buffy says "thats stupid currency" (shes drunk) one of the demons replies "but they're delicious!" All you see are kittens walking around on top of a table and then Buffy sets them all free.
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kwfliy
Not shown, but in season 2 Giles describes one of Angelus' sadistic 'gifts', implying he nailed a puppy to a door.
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LynnBlackwell
Drusilla starved a bird in a cage, and it was stated it wasn't the first one she did that to.
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kamwaters95
There are multiple instances of bugs, snakes and rats, often used in jump scares. Some monsters are bug-like or serpentine (ex, season 1 has a giant preying mantis and season 5 has a giant serpent). Two different characters are turned into rats at different points.
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RavenLordAK
Not dogs, but there is a werewolf fight in the fourth season.
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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S1e6 (The Pack) The school’s mascot pig was eaten. The incident itself is not shown, but there are scenes before it happens where the pig is squealing and the aftermath of the cage is shown. There is no blood.
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oohoohahah
s3 e2 - a cat's body falls from a shelf when buffy goes down to the basement to get out the 'company plates'.
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redrosy
In 5x20 there are knights riding on horses. There is a joke about how the main characters should aim for the horses in order to take out the knights, but none are harmed during the fight.
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mad_melody
Snakes are shown in multiple scenes throughout the show. In Season 6 Episode 1, a snake comes out of a main character's mouth.
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thegoodwife
There is an intense spider scene that is reused in the opening credits for seasons 1-3.
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echoevemorrow1
SPOILERS During the season 5 finale, something dragon-like is summoned and then effectively killed via a portal - not sure if that could possibly bother someone
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, many characters (including the main characters) are stalked (followed, spied on with cameras, secretly watched from hiding spots) on multiple occasions.
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Emmasummers
"Nightmares" the young boy that the episode centers on is being abused by his coach. Buffy is emotionally abused by her father. "Becoming, Part Two" It isn't direct, but there is a scene when Joyce finds out that Buffy is the slayer that could easily be triggering for LGBTQ people who have been rejected or kicked out by their parents. Joyce tells Buffy that she "can't accept" her being the slayer, tells her to just "stop" being the slayer, even makes a comment about "trying to join the slayer pride parade", and finally tells Buffy to "not bother coming home". If I remember correctly the creators of the show have stated that slayerness is meant in part to be a metaphor for LGBTQ people, but that might be a rumor. Either way, it definitely strikes a familiar chord, so tread carefully.
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redrosy
In addition to the other comments, season 6 episode 11 features a main character harassing someone she doesn’t like by messing with her sense of reality. (SPOILER)——— the character is invisible & makes a social worker think that she’s losing her mind by moving her coffee cup & telling her to kill. The woman is freaked out & gets sent home from work, but otherwise is fine.
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sorryboutit
Season 6 has a very unhealthy/abusive relationship between two main characters
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MaxMitchell
In season 6 a character struggles with an addiction to magic: This is a metaphor for drugs.
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oohoohahah
Characters will abuse magic for the high - prominent in s6.
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oohoohahah
Spike regulary abuses alcohol, especially when he's feeling sad/rejected. Shown in s3 e8.
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echoevemorrow1
People pinned down by vampires all the time Slayer gets tied to things all the time Episode Normal Again, Buffy is in a mental hospital and strapped to the bed
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echoevemorrow1
A few graphic things, but not excessive
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greendem
s1e10 character is slashed across the face with a scapel and is threatened with mutilation, from the scapel,
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RavenLordAK
It isn't shown on screen aside from the initial attack, but in Season 1, a few students attack and eat the principal. It is said afterwards that he was eaten.
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kamwaters95
In season 6, a monster causes people to dance until they burst into flames and burn to death. A few monsters are killed and attacked with fire.
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mad_melody
On several occasions throughout the show, monsters have their limbs cut off in combat.
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redrosy
In the Season 3 episode Zeppo, Xander tips a vending machine onto someone’s head & torso. It’s not bloody & doesn’t make a sound.
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mad_melody
In Season 1 Episode 10, Buffy lives through her fear of being buried alive. In Season 6 Episode 1, a main character wakes up in a buried coffin. In Season 6 Episode 2, in a detailed scene, the same main character breaks out of the coffin and uses their hands to dig their way up to the surface. Additionally, throughout the show, multiple vampires are seen climbing out the dirt of their graves, as people killed by being bitten by vampires are often buried before they turn into vampires.
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redrosy
In season 3 episode 16 a “bad” version of a main character breaks two of a vampire’s fingers as a form of torture Season 5, episode 19: the main villain this season holds a main character’s hand and for the duration of the scene she squeezes so hard her fingers break & she bleeds
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mad_melody
In Season 7 Episode 15, a minor character is seen hanging from the ceiling after having committed suicide offscreen. There might be other hangings that I unfortunately cannot remember.
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Katelyn Wernet
07x18 Dirty Girls": Major character gets their eye gouged out by a villain with a thumb. In the future they wear an eye patch.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, multiple characters (including main characters) struggle to breathe on multiple occasions. Characters drown, hyperventilate, choke on things, get strangled, etc.
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Bipolaebadass
season 7 episode 18 around minute 37 bad guy breaks a woman's arm
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HoppipHarvest
A character sacrifices themself and falls to their death in the Season 5 finale.
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mad_melody
Many teenagers and multiple young children die on and off screen.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, multiple characters (including main characters) are kidnapped and held captive on multiple occasions.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, several characters cheat. Two characters cheating on their partners together is a major plotline in Season 3.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, multiple patents die. In Season 5 Episode 15, a main character finds their mother dead. For the entirety of Season 5 Episode 16, this character unsuccessfully tries in detail to revive their mother, and spends the rest of the episode in extreme distress, telling their sibling what happened, and trying to deal with the trauma. This death is frequently referenced throughout the remainder of the show, and the dead mother appears in several later episodes.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, numerous characters (including main characters, and one inanimate object) are possessed either against their will or with consent in order to gain power.
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greendem
s1e10, characters are chased by a clown with a knife, no one is hurt, (apart from the clown who gets punched in the face.)
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, multiple characters are seen in the shower, and watched, approached and/or attacked while in the shower. In Season 6 Episode 19, a main female character prepares for a bath and main male character unsuccessfully attempts to rape her in the bathroom.
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greendem
pretty much every episode.
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redrosy
In season 4, episode 16 an agent in all black spits on a character’s face Season 5 episode 19: a main character spits in the villain’s face
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mad_melody
In Season 5 Episode 16, a main character enters a shocked dissociative state and vomits. The character then cleans up the vomit. There might be other instances of characters vomiting non-graphically that I unfortunately cannot remember.
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Emmasummers
I would argue quite the opposite, they are often the antagonist and are fought at least once every season.
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traumarama
In "The Puppet Show" a character has brain cancer, he is shown in some head pain and there are mentions of doctor visits but it is not discussed extensively. In "Lie to Me" another character has brain cancer, it is discussed extensively and with graphic language. In season 5 brain cancer is heavily featured in several episodes, most notably "Shadow" and "Listening to Fear" which discuss treatment and surgery, "The Body" (and the very last frames of the previous episode, "I Was Made to Love You") which show death/immediate grief from cancer, and several following episodes but particularly "Forever" which depict continued grief after death from cancer. It's handled sensitively and very realistically but could be extremely triggering.
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user27663
behavioral control via electroshock (seasons 4-7)
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Emmasummers
"Killed By Death" features them throughout "Normal Again" has an extremely triggering transition that goes directly from a monster stabbing Buffy in the arm to a doctor holding a syringe in her arm in a hospital. There is no warning and you can clearly see the needle. My advice would be look away when the demon with the pointy hand thing shows up.
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mad_melody
There are a few scenes of people in mental institutions. Also, for the entirety of Season 6 Episode 17, one of the main characters magically hallucinates that they're in a mental institution. In these hallucinations, the character is lead to believe that they've been in the institution for years and have hallucinated all of the events of the show.
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sorryboutit
There are many in season 5 and 6
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Katelyn Wernet
05x13 Blood Ties: A major character self harms through cutting with blood shown. Source: http://thiscouldbetriggering.tumblr.com/post/54864713261/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-suicide-and-self-harm
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para_seren
there is a mentally ill vampire who is shown to be violent not due to their mental illness but due to their vampirism
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Tffr
Season 4 there is an episode with a scene where two characters are intensely irritated by the sounds the other is making and the camera zooms in and goes in slow motion, while the volume is amplified
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ChaosRocket
Anya right?
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Katelyn Wernet
02x19: “I Only Have Eyes For You” - an abusive relationship ends with a murder-suicide. 03x10: “Amends” - A character attempts to kill himself, emotionally intense. 03x18: “Earshot” - A character plans to kill himself, but is talked out of it. (This is the episode where a school shooting is discussed.) 04x11: “Doomed” - A character tries to kill himself. (Note that it's a vampire, and it's played mostly for laughs/not graphic.) 05x22: “The Gift” (major spoilers) - A character kills themself, but it is done as an act of sacrifice, not mental illness. 06x02: “Bargaining Part 2″ - A disoriented, traumatized character attempts to kill herself, but is talked down. 06x07: “Once More With Feeling” - no direct suicide attempt is made, but suicidal thoughts and major depression are major themes throughout the episode (and season 6 in general). 07x04: “Help” - It's speculated that a character is contemplating suicide, although she turns out not to be. 07x06: “Him” - While under the influence of a magic spell, a character tries to kill herself. 07x15: “Get It Done” - A character commits suicide (we also see the body). Source: http://thiscouldbetriggering.tumblr.com/post/54864713261/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-suicide-and-self-harm
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, multiple characters panic on multiple occasions. In Season 5 Episode 16, a character enters a shocked dissociative state and vomits.
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Emmasummers
In "Ted" Buffy says she would want to kill herself if something happened
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mad_melody
Multiple times throughout the show, characters (including main characters) hide or are trapped in small confined spaces.
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redrosy
Season 4 episode 4 features a haunted house with many strobe effects
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Does a baby cry?
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overturezzzmedia
Only once in the musical episode, Buffy looks at the camera and sings ‘and you can sing along’
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para_seren
In Band Candy there are babies shown being carried off by monsters, with the intent to feed them to a demon. The demon is not shown eating any babies and it is implied that all survived when they were rescued
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PluviaFang
Many of the introduced black characters are quick to die.
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oohoohahah
mostly from Giles when he gets angry and sometimes from Spike, and mostly british slang e.g. poof, poofter,
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RavenLordAK
Not antisemitism in the sense that it isn't done with malicious intent, but early on in the series, a main character who is Jewish has to remind her friends a few times that she does not celebrate Christmas, but they keep forgetting and talk about the holiday as if she also celebrates. It's a small thing, but it's noticeable.
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Amanduhkonda
There are several instances early in the series where the word r*tard is used.
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Emmasummers
"Reptile Boy" the frat boys dress Xander up in a wig, padding, and feminine clothes while he is drunk as a practical joke.
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redrosy
There are many uses of the G racial slur, including a main character being Romani in season 1/2 & reproducing many racial stereotypes. Also Buffy mocks a character’s African accent in the second season (possibly more that I don’t remember). There is regularly dialogue that did not age well (including use of the R word in the season 6 finale).
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Katelyn Wernet
06x19 Seeing Red": A lesbian character is shot through the heart by a stray bullet and killed. 03x22 "Graduation Day pt. 2": A gay side character is among the many casualties to the end of season fight against the Mayor.
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mad_melody
There are several brief fat jokes throughout the show. In Season 3 Episode 14, the main villain is a monster that is extremely obese, which is presented in a supposedly comical way.
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JimmyP
Buffy has PG sex with a few people throughout the show.
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mad_melody
Throughout the show, several characters are kissed and/or touched sexually without their consent. Additionally, in Season 3 Episode 13, a main male character is held down and forcefully kissed by a main female character. The woman then rapes him offscreen and takes his virginity, and the man is proud about it at first. In Season 6 Episode 13, a main male character magically controls his ex-girlfriend to touch him sexually; she breaks the enchantment before they have sex, but she is very distressed about the whole event. In Season 6 Episode 19, there is an in-depth and intense scene where a main male character unsuccessfully tries to rape a main female character. The woman stops him, but is hurt and distressed. The event is referenced multiple times throughout the remainder of Season 6 and in Season 7. The attempted rapist gets a redemption arc and is forgiven by his intended victim.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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MirahCurzer
But there is reference to the possibility of one in S7E17 "Lies My Parents Told Me"
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echoevemorrow1
S3E1 takes place in LA and the homeless are the focus
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redrosy
There is a joke about this in the beginning of the finale of season 4, but doesn’t come up again to my knowledge
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mad_melody
The ending is hopeful and fairly satisfying, but multiple characters die in the series finale.
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Emmasummers
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight" Cordelia almost gets hit by an oncoming vehicle but Buffy saves her in the last second. It's a suspenseful scene. Late Season 5, maybe "Spiral"? I can't recall. But there is a scene where Buffy and Dawn are on the sidewalk confronting Glory, who is in the street. Buffy says the word "bus" and then Glory gets hit by a bus. It's very sudden and quick, and there's no blood or anything. Glory survives it because she's a god.
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sorryboutit
in season 6 two characters get into a car crash, one character has a broken arm from it
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Emmasummers
Season 4 has a military operation as the main antagonist, and from the start of the season they're seen wielding large guns. "Angel" Darla wields two hand guns briefly and shoots them loudly. "Halloween" Xander has a toy plastic gun for a Halloween costume that is turned into a much larger, real gun in a spell. He points it at the camera at one point, although the gun is still reasonably far away. In another scene, though, he fires the gun to scare away monsters and it is very loud. "Innocence" it's not a gun but Buffy uses a rocket launcher "Earshot" the episode centers around a potential school shooter that turns out to be a suicide attempt. The gun is shown but never fired. "Shadow" Spike has a large gun that he loads and points at the screen. He talks about killing Buffy with it and even raises it to bludgeon her with but stops. [SPOILER] As others have mentioned, in Season 6 Episode 19, a character who seems to be insane storms into Buffy's backyard and shoots both Buffy and Tara. Both wounds are seen in intense detail, and Tara's scene in particular is disturbing. She does not survive. The scene is mirrored in "The Killer In Me" when Willow holds the same gun that the killer did in the same position as he did, and even threatens a person with it. Earlier in the episode she is seen at a gun store.
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sorryboutit
Small blood/gore every episode. Nothing super graphic, but there is a lot of physical fighting and people get banged up
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Katelyn Wernet
01x12 Prophecy Girl": Buffy is bitten and passes out and then dropped into shallow water face down where she drowns. She is then given mouth-to-mouth and resuscitates.
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