Ultimate Buffy the Vampire Quiz

By: Kelly
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About This Quiz

Joss Whedon's famous show inspired several generations of viewers as they followed the hazards of Buffy Summers. While staking vamps and fighting demons frequently put a damper on her social life, this intrepid teenager flourished under the pressure of saving the world, especially when the people she loved had their lives at stake. Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, was a role model for young women everywhere, showing that even a demon hunter can have it all with enough bravery and spunk. 

Buffy started out as a spunky cheerleader, the ideal teenaged girl, but becoming the Chosen One thrust this blonde, mini-skirt wearing female into a dark life of quirky banter and sharpening stakes. And as she transformed into the Slayer, Buffy grew into a strong, fierce woman who didn't even let death stop her from achieving her goals. 

While we know you still adore Buffy, how much do you actually remember of the show? Between her struggle to find herself and the lives of her devoted friends, the tales of the Slayer rival the depths of the Hellmouth in their challenging details. Only die-hard fans will remember every answer to our rigorous quiz. Face the challenge head on, and see if you can make the Chosen One proud!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series created by:

Apart from Buffy, Joss Whedon also created the TV shows Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse.

What is the name of Buffy’s mother?

Mother to Dawn and Buffy, Joyce Summers was the owner of an art gallery. She was portrayed by Kristine Sutherland, who made her big-screen debut in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in 1989.

When was the first episode aired?

The first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on March 10, 1997.

In which US state is the series based?

The series is based in the fictional town of Sunnydale in California. The area was a concentration of demonic energy, which had its focal point under the old Sunnydale High School, and was caused by this being the site of the Hellmouth, a gateway between the Earthly and Demonic dimensions.

Who dated Buffy at one point?

Angel fell in love with Buffy the moment he laid eyes on her in Los Angeles. Though they both tried to deny their feelings (a vampire and a slayer, in love?!), they simply could not resist their growing passion, and eventually began dating.

What is the name of actress who played the title role?

Sarah Michelle Gellar played the title role in the series. Did you know she won a daytime Emmy in 1995 for her work on the drama soap All My Children?

Sarah Michelle Gellar initially auditioned for:

Gellar initially auditioned for Cordelia, but Whedon and company felt she would make a better Buffy.

What is Buffy’s last name?

Buffy’s full name is Buffy Anne Summers. Don't forget the "e" at the end of her middle name, just like Anne of Green Gables.

What is the name of Buffy’s high school?

The name of Buffy’s high school is Sunnydale High. The original school was destroyed on the class of 1999's Graduation Day in the battle between the Scooby Gang and Mayor Richard Wilkins. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2002 and headed by Principal Robin Wood until it was destroyed yet again, with the rest of Sunnydale, in 2003.

What is the Summers’ Sunnydale address?

Summers’ address is 1630 Revello Drive, Sunnydale. (P.S. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is the address of the White House while 11 Wall St is the address of the New York Stock Exchange.)

Which of these characters isn't Buffy’s friend?

Carlos was a demon bartender. In 2004, he was the new owner of the rebuilt demon karaoke bar Caritas. He announced to his friend Lorne, his future wedding and his desire to become father. He demonstrated also to have a totally human psychology, in despite of his appearance.

How are viewers introduced to Xander for the first time?

We are introduced to Xander in the first episode when he crashes his skateboard. Alexander "Xander" Lavelle Harris was the best friend of Slayer Buffy Summers and a founding member of the Scooby Gang. Being the only one of his group of friends to not possess any supernatural abilities, Xander was usually the one who saw everything beyond the supernatural. Besides this, Xander was known to be very humorous and sarcastic, especially in the face of danger.

Who is “Ripper”?

Rupert Giles is Ripper, nicknamed while he was dabbling in the occult during his rebellious youth.

Over the course of the series, how many times did Buffy die?

Buffy dies three times. Buffy died at the age of sixteen after being bitten and drowned by the Master. This was a clinical death, in which the heart stops beating, but there is still brain activity. Buffy's second death occurred when she was twenty years old, when she sacrificed herself to save Dawn and the world by hurling herself off a tower and using her own body to close a mystical portal. Her third death was caused by being shot.

How many episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show exist?

There are 144 regular episodes in seven seasons.

Which Los Angeles high school was used as Sunnydale High?

The high school used in the first three seasons is Torrance High School. Torrance High also served as the set of Beverly Hills, 90210 well as the setting for the Freddie Prinze, Jr. movie She's All That.

What is the name of the 100th episode, also the finale of the fifth season, where Buffy faces Glory as the ritual commences and sacrifices her life to save Dawn?

The episode concludes with a shot of Buffy’s gravestone, which reads: BUFFY ANNE SUMMERS. 1981-2001. BELOVED SISTER. DEVOTED FRIEND. SHE SAVED THE WORLD. A LOT.

How old was Sarah Michelle Gellar when she filmed the first season?

She was 20 years old, but had started her career more than 10 years earlier.

Who sired who?

Drusilla sired Spike in the episode “Fool for Love.” In London 1880, a shy gentleman named William composes a love poem and is ridiculed. After meeting a group of strangers including Drusilla, devastated and in tears, he explains what happens. Drusilla comforts him by telling him that she sees his greatness and worth. She promises him a better future by her side, siring him after only minimal persuasion.

With whom (or what!) did Drusilla cheat on Spike?

Drusilla cheated on Spike with a Chaos demon in episode “Lovers Walk”. In this episode, Spike tells Angel and Buffy that he is going to "find Dru, tie her up, and torture her until she likes me again." As he leaves the shop, he sticks his head back in to tell them that "Love's a funny thing."

Which of the following is NOT a nickname Spike uses for Dawn Summers?

“Little Pumpkin Belly” was the nickname that her mother gave her. Spike and Dawn share a complicated relationship. She developed a crush on Spike early on, saying "He's got cool hair and wears leather coats and stuff. And he doesn't treat me like a alien." However, she also acknowledged that Spike would never notice her with Buffy around since he loved her. Because of this, she never pursued him seriously and quickly got over him, eventually regarding him as a kind older brother/protector figure instead.

For how many seasons did Buffy the Vampire Slayer run?

There were seven seasons running from 1997-2003.

Who almost played dream girl robot April In season 5, episode “I Was Made To Love You”?

Britney Spears was originally in line to play dream girl robot April, but scheduling conflicts forced her to drop out.

Who is the “Big Bad” in the final season?

The First Evil was a unique entity that predated man and demon. He was the personification of the concept of evil itself, manifested from all evil in existence. The First was an incorporeal presence that could assume the form of any person who had died, including vampires and persons who had been resurrected. Because of this it appeared in various forms, depending on who it sought to manipulate. Its true appearance, or the one it used to portray its true appearance, was the form of a large, robed, bestial demon.

Which of the following actors did NOT appear in all 144 episodes of the show?

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan are the only two actors who appeared in all 144 episodes of the show – Nicholas Brendon doesn’t appear in season 7 “Conversations With Dead People”.

Which band composed and performed the theme tune?

Nerf Herder was a pop punk band from Santa Barbara. They are most noted for composing the theme to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for their 1997 single "Van Halen".

The role of Xander was initially offered to:

The show’s producers were worried that Nicholas Brendon was getting too fit to play Xander, who was supposed to be a nerdy sidekick, and advised him to stop working out. This is weird, because the role was initially offered to Ryan Reynolds, who is the opposite of nerdy.

Which two characters had the following conversation? Question: “You're really campaigning for Bitch of the Year, aren't you?” Reply: “As defending champion. You nervous?”

This exchange happened in the season premiere of the second season, "When She Was Bad." Having spent the summer away from Sunnydale with her father, Buffy returns to town showing textbook signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. She blows off Angel, flirts with/teases Xander, is nastier than usual to Cordelia, and continues to have nightmares that the Master might come back to life and kill her.

What is the term fans have coined to refer to the shared fictional universe in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are set?

Fans have coined the term "Buffyverse." The term "Angelverse" is sometimes used to refer to the setting specifically depicted in Angel. Alternative terms that are sometimes used by fans include "Bangelverse" or "Slayerverse".

Who wrote a comic book about his character?

A number of writers who worked on the TV show have also worked on the comics. James Marsters, who played vampire Spike on the show, wrote a comic about his character called Into the Light.

Who was the first actor cast in the show?

According to casting director Marsha Shulman, “Anthony Stewart was the first person that got cast on the first day we started casting. He was just it.” Whedon said, “He embodied [the character Giles] perfectly.”

Charisma Carpenter, Julie Benz, Elizabeth Anne Allen and Mercedes McNab all auditioned unsuccessfully to play:

Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Julie Benz (Darla), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy) and Mercedes McNab (Harmony) all originally auditioned to play Buffy before being cast in their roles.

What was the notable power of the demon Lilitu?

Lilitu was a demon who lived in her own dimension, which could be accessed with Lilitu's hand. She marked men and made them see ghosts of the past. Lilitu tempted and confused Angel and Spike with different clones of people they had harmed or hurt. When they went to her dimension, her minions took them to her palace. When she told them of her plan to make them suffer so that she could stay vital, Spike killed her with Lilitu's hand.

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