Buffy the Vampire Slayer in popular culture

Buffy the Vampire Slayer in popular culture

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has had a tremendous influence on popular culture that has attracted serious scholarly attention. Even the language used on the show has affected modern colloquial expressions. [Susan Clerc, "Review of "Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon"," "Journal of Popular Culture" 38.2 (Nov 2004): 427-428.]

References in other works of fiction

"Buffy" and its spinoff, "Angel" which employed pop culture references as a frequent humorous device, have themselves also become a frequent pop culture reference in video games, comics and television shows, and has been frequently parodied and spoofed. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar has participated in several parody sketches, including a "Saturday Night Live" sketch in which the Slayer is relocated to the "Seinfeld" universe, [SNL (aired Jan 17 1998) see 'doggans' (transcriber) [http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97kbuffy.phtml SNL Transcripts: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"] , "Snltranscripts.jt.org" (1997).] and adding her voice to an episode of "Robot Chicken" that parodied a would-be eighth season of "Buffy". ["Buffy Season 8" from "Robot Chicken" Season 1, episode 4 (aired March 13 2005). See: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0687782/ "IMDb" entry] , [http://whedonesque.com/comments/6038 "Whedonesque.com"] .] There are also several adult parodies of "Buffy", web comics, and music.


ketch shows

There have been a number of spoofs of "Buffy" on notable TV comedy sketch shows. In chronological order:

*"MADtv"" (1997) - "Buffy the Umpire Slayer" sketch in which Nicole Sullivan starred as 'Buffy'. ["Buffy the Umpire Slayer" on MadTV Season 3, episode 8, aired November 1997: [http://www.madtv.com/html/episodes/season3.html "Madtv.com" entry] , [http://www.restlessbtvs.com/trivia/the-umpire-slayer-2/ "Restlessbtvs.com" entry] ] The clip features Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles attempting to control the threat from blood-sucking baseball umpires.

*"Saturday Night Live"" - Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in a sketch first aired on 1999, in which the Slayer was relocated to the "Seinfeld" universe, starring as an Elaine Benes version of Buffy. [SNL Season 24, episode 19, aired May 15 1999: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0694758/ "IMDb" entry] , [http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97kbuffy.phtml transcript] ]

*"MADtv""(2001) - Michelle Trachtenberg appeared in a sketch that has been entitled "Bunny the Vampire Slayer" by MadTV, and features the MadTV recurring character, Bunny Swan, (more commonly known as "Ms Swan)". ["Bunny the Vampire Slayer" on MadTV Season 7, episode 7, aired 24 November 2001: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0639160/ "IMDb" entry] , [http://www.madtv.com/html/episodes/season3.html "Madtv.com"] ] The five minute clip includes Trachtenberg as Dawn Summers coming face to face with Bunny Swan in a graveyard. Bunny tells Dawn that she is her aunt, and also the slayer. It also includes castmembers Andrew Daly as Spike, Mo Collins as Willow and Stephnie Weir as Tara.

*"V Graham Norton"" - When Anthony Stewart Head appeared on Norton's show he spoofed "Buffy" in a "Poofy the Vampire Slayer" sketch. Graham Norton portrayed 'Poofy', whilst Head portrayed 'Rupert Giles'. ["Poofy the Vampire Slayer" on "The Bigger Picture with Graham Norton" Season 2, Episode 8, aired 27 February 2006: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770467/ "IMDb" entry] ]

*"Robot Chicken"" - Series co-created by Seth Green (who portrayed Oz on "Buffy"). Sarah Michelle Gellar lent her voice to the episode "Plastic Buffet", which included a parodied would-be eighth season of "Buffy". The story featured Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) and the soulless Lettuce Head Kids terrorising America. [Buffy Season 8 from Robot Chicken Season 1, episode 4, aired 13 March 2005: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0687782/ "IMDb" entry] , [http://whedonesque.com/comments/6038 "Whedonesque.com"] ]

eries television

The "Friends" episode titled "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry", included a scene in which Phoebe's sister, Ursula Buffay starred as "Buffay the Vampire Layer" (parodying "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and perhaps alluding to real life "Buffy" adult parodies). Ursula Buffay uses her twin sister Phoebe's name for the credits. [Various authors, [http://www.tv.com/supernatural/hell-house/episode/620823/trivia.html#trivia "Friends": "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry"; allusions] "TV.com" (episode aired February 10 2000).]

"The Simpsons" episode, "Treehouse of Horror XVI" originally aired in the US six days after Halloween. The last of four segments was entitled, "I've Grown a Costume on Your Face" and had similarities with the "Buffy" episode "Halloween" (which had aired eight years earlier).

In another "Simpsons" episode, citizens of Springfield dress in their Halloween costumes for a costume contest, which parodies an episode of Buffy where a sorcerer transforms many of the residents into their Halloween costumes. In one scene Principal Skinner in army clothes stands next to his mother dressed in a big, poofy pink Victorian dress in a shot reminiscent of "Buffy" characters Xander and Buffy wearing said clothes in "Halloween". Another episode named "The Homer of Seville" has Marge Simpson mention a buffet restaurant named "Buffet the Hunger Slayer".

In the "" episode "The Play's the Thing", a theater critic remarks, "I hear "Buffus the Bacchae Slayer" is playing next door."cite episode|title=The Play's the Thing|series=Xena: Warrior Princess|serieslink=Xena: Warrior Princess|airdate=1999-03-15]

In an episode of "Charmed", Prue and Phoebe Halliwell are investigating a mausoleum when Prue exclaims that there might be zombies or vampires present, to which Phoebe jokily comments, "where's "Buffy" when you need her?".

On the Disney Channel Series "Hannah Montana" Miley's foil/rival/crush, Jake Ryan (played by Cody Linley), is the star of a fictional television series "Zombie Slayer at Zombie High", with obvious "Buffy" parallels.

In an episode of "Smallville" ("Thirst"), Lana Lang is changed into a vampire by a blond sorority girl by the name of "Buffy Sanders". Recurring character Professor Milton Fine, played by James Marsters (Spike) tells Clark Kent "There are no such things as vampires." [ [http://smallville.wikia.com/wiki/Thirst "Thirst" on Smallville Wiki] (episode aired October 27 2005).]

A season-one episode of the show "Big Wolf on Campus" was called "Muffy the Werewolf Slayer."

In the "House of Mouse" episode "Gone Goofy", when Donald Duck is watching TV, there is a show on called "Goofy the Vampire Slayer".

In the CW series Gilmore Girls, Rory teases Paris, who's afraid to go outside in the dark. Rory asks if "she's afraid to run into Drusilla and Spike".

In the CW series Supernatural, in the season 1 episode, "Hell House", the guest characters from that episode ask, "WWBD?" referring to the phrase, "what would "Buffy" Do?".

In a "Farscape" episode, one of the things that the astronaut John Crichton regrets about being caught in a wormhole and sent to a distant place in the galaxy is that, even if he manages to return to Earth, by then "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" would have ended.

On Will & Grace, Jack admits to being a fan of the show and Willow in particular.

SPACED, series 2, we see Tim praying that he will get his dream job at Darkstar Comics, when the camera pans up we see that he is kneeling in front of a Buffy poster [Spaced, Series 2 Episode 4 'Help'] . Trying to console Brian after he has split up with Twist Tim says “She's shallow, Brian, like Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and latterly Angel the spin off series that was set in L.A.“ [Spaced episode 5 Series 2 'Gone']

An episode of The Twilight Zone (Second Revival) features Jessica Simpson baby sitting a yound girl with a large collection of dolls which are actually her past carers. The girl mentions that she watched Buffy with one of the babysitters, saying that she wanted Buffy and Spike to hook up.

In the Daria episode "Speedtrapped", Quinn remarks, "We'll be through the criminal justice system and home in time for Buffy."


In the international release of the 2004 Russian film "Night Watch", a major character is seen watching television which is airing a scene from the show where Buffy meets Dracula in the cemetery - dubbed into Russian. On the DVD version when the movie is dubbed into English the original audio for the episode is used.

In the 2004 family comedy "Johnson Family Vacation" one of the main characters is seen watching the episode Chosen where Buffy is seen fighting ubervamps during the climatic battle seen within the Hellmouth.

Fan films

Fan films parodying or paying tribute to "Buffy" have become more common, as computer and digital technology has advanced and become affordable, and distribution over the internet has become easier.


DC Comics' "Young Justice" title made numerous references to a show called "Wendy the Werewolf Stalker", including a two-part story, during #33-34 where several of the book's heroines actually go to Hollywood to take part in an episode. [" [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/youngjindex.html Series Index: Young Justice] " "Titanstower.com" (2003).] "WtWS" is a pretty straight-forward "homage" to "BtVS", with the twist that show creator "Joe Westin" is revealed to himself be a vampire.

"Archie Comics" character, Betty Cooper, dresses up as Bunny the Vampire Slayer for a Halloween costume party.

Video games

"Anarchy Online" (June 27 2001) features a decorative statue called the "Marble Statue of the Goddess Buffy Summers".

In the video games "" (March 14 2004) and "Max Payne" (July 25 2001), a secret room contains a staked corpse with "Buffy" smeared on the wall in blood. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353016/quotes The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004) (VG) - Memorable quotes ] ]

The English version of "Secret of Mana", a video game for the SNES which appeared shortly after the original movie came out, contains a boss named "Buffy the Vampire".

In "The Burning Crusade", the first expansion to the "World of Warcraft" video game, after defeating one of the raid bosses named The Lurker Below you can obtain "The Seal of Danzalar" -- an epic quality ring with the "From beneath you it devours" sentence engraved on it.


In 2005, a Trans-Neptunian object mp|2004 XR|190 was unofficially named "Buffy", after the main character of the series. [" [http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn8455 Strange new object found at edge of Solar System] " "New Scientist" (December 13 2005).]

"Entertainment Weekly" named the show #10 on its list of best TV shows in the past 25 years. [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207339,00.html] It also named the season 2 episode "Halloween" #11 on its list of top 25 Holiday Themed Episodes. [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207390,00.html] It also named Joyce Summers exit on "Buffy" #20 on its list of top 25 Farewells.


ee also (other articles on women warriors in popular culture)

*Joan of Arc in popular culture
*List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture

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