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19 March 2004 @ 12:48 pm
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Someone on TWOP made a list of "AU" or alternate characterizations and personalities on BtVS for people to vote on and choose their favorites. But the list was incomplete. I'm kind of an indexer of things, so I tried to think...more. The first list:

- Soldier Xander (Halloween)
- 18th-century Buffy (Halloween)
- Vamp Xander
- Vamp Willow
- Faith-as-Buffy
- Buffy-as-Faith
- Superstar Jonathan
- The Buffybot
- Randy Giles
- Joan the Vampire Slayer

But also:

- Amnesiac Giles & Anya
- Amnesiac Willow & Tara
- Hyena Xander
- Crazy "Real" Buffy (Normal Again)
- Scarred, kick-ass, bitter Buffy (The Wish)
- "Pet" Angel (The Wish)
- The Wishverse White Hats--Giles, Oz, Larry, Nancy
- Unhappily married Xander & Anya (shudder)
- Angelus
- Ripper
- But also, "Band Candy" Giles and Joyce
- "Gingerbread" Joyce
- "Zeppo" Xander, who really strikes me almost as a Xander personality distinct from anything else we ever saw in canon--wacky, getting-laid, saving-the-world, secretly-cool Xander, you know?
- Mind-reading Buffy
- InvisiBuffy
- Xander x 2 from "The Replacement"
- William ("Fool for Love," etc)
- Oz-as-werewolf
- Possessed Buffy & Angelus in "I Only Have Eyes for You"
- Eerie pod-Giles, Willow, etc (Bad Eggs)
- Darth Willow
- Darth Riley (no, come on, really--he had a dark phase)
- The passionate Spike-and-Buffy lovahs from Spike's dream that they re-ran in the previouslies, like, ten thousand million times

Okay, I'm just reaching now.

Qustions that every BtVS fan probably asks eventually, but which I still have no immediate answers to: Why don't more vampires go door-to-door like encyclopedia salesmen and wangle an entry? Then they can snack and relax in the privacy of someone else's home. And why in "The Real Me" couldn't Harmony's gang follow up their rock attack by shooting Xander et al through the door? Granted, they'd probably have to shoot Joyce dead in order to gain access to the house, but on this and other occasions--I'm thinking of times that Angel has been stymied by the invite barrier--it seems like vampires aren't taking full advantage of the possibilities open to them, like using guns and maybe big hooks to jerk people out?

When I start dwelling on these things I know it's time to go to lunch. Actually, when I start staring vacantly into space and contemplating the sore twinge in my left shoulder and the itch on my nose and the barking feeling in my stomach, I know it's time to go to lunch.

Time to go to lunch.
Tuesday Has No Phones: angelbotthebratqueen on March 19th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
We've seen Angel and Angelus play with the invite thing a bit. Not so much that it's been a theme but it's clear the boy knows how to work his way around it if he has to. (Not that it's the same, but he used a fishing line to drag someone in from the sunlight in Guise Will Be Guise, so probably a fair bet he's done similar things with the invitation barrier.)

AtS always seemed to grok that concept more anyway, probably because when you've got a vamp for the lead you think about it. BTVS tended to treat the invite as an afterthought, whereas on AtS you had Doyle pointing out that Spike could set fire to buildings regardless of invitation and Angel comically falling into apartments when he was stupidly leaning against the invisible invite barrier at the moment the owner of the apartment died.

So much as ME ever really gave the fun and intricacies of the invite any screen time, I think it was more on AtS than BTVS.
daddy's not done talking: c/a (psychophilly)ros_fod on March 19th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
Not to mention all the various ways that people have been able to get aroound the sanctuary spell at Caritas. :)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: JM-Monster-Saint by Myskita0610 on March 19th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
"Pet" Angel is Puppy!Angel.

There's also Crazy!Spike from S7, Liam pre-Angel, the entire Fanged Four historical verse, and if you include AtS in the alt.U, the Birthdayverse, which includes Crazy!Vision!Angel and famous Cordy, a one-armed Wesley and his lover, Gunn. And the SpintheBottleverse, which is amnesiac everyone in AtS, including a version of Liam who is scared of cars.

God, I love my dead, gay show.
Anna S.eliade on March 19th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
a one-armed Wesley and his lover, Gunn.

::loves you::
Herself_nycherself_nyc on March 19th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
Loves you too.
herewiss13herewiss13 on March 19th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
What about Buffy&Spike the almost newlyweds in "Something Blue"?

And Xander the Vampire Minion from "Dracula".
Anna S.eliade on March 19th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
What about Buffy&Spike the almost newlyweds in "Something Blue"?

Oh, yes!!! :>D
I Blame the Dutch: bottommpoetess on March 19th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
More (I'm thinking that anything that could theoretically be written as an AU fanfic in terms of "What if this canon thing didn't get fixed in the episode?" would qualify, right?) :

Switched Amy (Amy-in-her-mom's-body) from "The Witch"
Vamp Buffy from "Nightmares"
Ghost Willow from "Halloween"
Eyghon!Jenny and/or Eyghon!Angel from "The Dark Age"
Xander-fixated entire female cast in "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
Fish-Guy Xander (granted we never got to see this) from "Go Fish"
Slayer-Powerless!Buffy from "Helpless"
Inviso-Xander, uncontrolled!wolf Oz, uncontrolled!Powers Willow from "Fear Itself"
Cave-Buffy from "Beer, Bad"
Engaged lovebird Buffy & Spike, demonmagnet Xander, blind Giles, and my-casual-statements-come-true Willow from "Something Blue"
Voiceless Everyone from "Hush"
Combo-spell superBuffy from "Primeval"
Everyone's dream selves in "Restless"
Hallucinating Joyce in "Listening to Fear"
Shadow-Joyce (who could presumably be zombie Joyce) in "Forever"
Crazy Tara in "Tough Love" through "Weight of the World"
Catatonic Buffy in "Weight of the World"
Singing Everyone in OMWF
Crack Magic-junkie Willow in "Smashed" and "Wrecked"
Do souled vs. unsouled Spike count?
Dimension-shifted Willow in STSP
Aud (pre-Anyanka Anya) in "Selfless"
JT-loving Buffy, Anya, Willow and Dawn from "Him"
First Evil (or ghost) Joyce in CWDP
First Evil Spike
Triggered Spike (FE Spike would be the FE in Spike's guise; triggered Spike would be Spike killing under the FE's influence)
First Evil Buffy, Jonathan, Warren, Jenny, Dru, etc.
Willow-as-Warren-as-Willow in "Killer in Me"
All of the subtly and not so subtly altered characters as-told-by-Andrew in "Storyteller"
Eerie pod-Giles from all of Season 7

Some of these are more physical than personality alterations, but the physical tended to lead to personality issues or would've if the condition hadn't been corrected -- i.e. if Inviso-Buffy counts, so does phase-shifted guilty Willow, or Literal Demonmagnet Xander.

I R lame.
Anna S.eliade on March 19th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
Mother of god, you're good!

::bows down::
I Blame the Dutch: wesangelmpoetess on March 19th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
I admit to cheating by hitting buffyworld.com for the ep list, to prompt my memory. ;-)
(Anonymous) on March 19th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
undead door-to-door salesmen
I reckon vampires might have trouble using this trick, on account of most door-to-door salesmen call in the daytime, and a smoking salesman with a blanket over his head or a full-body suit might not get invited in..... It all makes perfect sense.
lipsum on March 19th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)

Also pre-Dawn everybody and post-Dawn everybody.

Zeppo!Xander is not an AU Xander! He's the real Xander! *hands over ears* LA LA LA I can't hear you!

Zyryazyrya on March 20th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
I know it's from The Other Show, but still ...

Puppet Angel!

No AU list is complete without Puppet Angel.
Spikewriterspikewriter on March 20th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
And why in "The Real Me" couldn't Harmony's gang follow up their rock attack by shooting Xander et al through the door?

Simple. This is Harmony's gang. Doing so would require they think.
Homeboys in Atmospheric Space: ain't love grand? (megl42)noshootingstars on March 21st, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
I like your pre-lunch thoughts.

I've always wondered why a baddie didn't think to start selling welcome mats with the phrase "Come On In" or something less obvious but just and rule-bending for vampires. The residents of Sunnydale would be just daft enough to let it happen.