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Take a Stab at This "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Quiz
By: Brian Whitney
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About This Quiz
Is there anything more awesome than Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Not if you're a true Buffy fan. While some people think of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie that came out in 1992, most are fans of the television show of the same name that aired from 1997 to 2003. The show followed Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, her mentor Giles, and her friends Xander, Willow and Cordelia as they battle vampires, demons and other assorted monsters. It seems that Buffy was the "chosen one" and her destiny is to keep mankind safe from evil. While initially she is totally bummed about this, as she would way rather go shopping at the mall and all that, soon she embraces her destiny.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has all sorts of rabid fans who can tell you pretty much anything about the show and take great pride in their knowledge of all things Buffy. Are you one of them? Take this quiz, and we'll tell you how much you really know about the show. Don't worry, we understand if you need to take a break to avoid direct sunlight, and we promise this quiz has nothing to do with garlic or holy water.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was on television for a long time. Which star other than Buffy appeared in every episode?
The character of Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan, was the only other character other than Buffy, to appear in every single episode. Others have appeared in every episode other than one.
There were lots of romances on the show. Did Buffy and Xander ever kiss?
Buffy was pretty restrained when it came to hanging out with a bunch of guys on the show, but she hung out with a few. But she never hung out with Xander, let alone kissed him.
What actor did Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar marry in real life?
Freddie Prinze Jr. is an actor that was in "She's All That," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer." He and Sarah married in 2002 and have two children together.
Which character was turned into a rat in season 2?
In season 2 Buffy was turned into a rat in some episodes, but it wasn't for a totally awful reason. The show was so successful that Sarah Michelle Gellar needed time off to be on Saturday Night Live.
Which character was based on someone that Joss Whedon knew in real life?
When you think of the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," you don't usually think of the character "Oz." Yet that is the one producer Joss Whedon based on a real life person.
Which famous pop star almost appeared on the show but had to back out because of her schedule?
Britney was going to be in an episode in season 5 called "I Was Made to Love You." She was to play a robot girlfriend but bailed because of a scheduling conflict. This is seriously a sad thing.
Which character grew up as a Mormon and was against showing any skin?
Eliza Dushku was the actress that played the character named Faith. She grew up a Mormon and didn't want to show any skin on the show. Dushku has been on many shows since "Buffy."
Who played the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the movie of the same name?
Kristy Swanson was a pretty big star when she was the featured actress in the movie versions of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." One of her biggest roles was in the movie "Pretty in Pink."
Which character did the producers claim was the hardest one to kill off?
There were a whole lot of characters that were killed off over the course of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." According to the production team, Buffy's mother was the hardest one to let go.
Buffy had a younger sister on some seasons of the show. What was her name?
Dawn was played by Michelle Trachtenberg. She first appeared on season 5 of the show. Even though Buffy never had a sister before, it was just accepted that she had one on this season.
What was the name of the club that people all hung out at on the show?
One of the coolest, and weirdest, things about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was apparently in Sunnydale High School, kids and vampires hung out at the same club. Sounds fun to us.
What character had a long running spinoff series that started in 1999?
David Boreanaz was such a breakout star as the character "Angel" that the network decided to give him his own show. The show "Angel" was successful for many years on TV. It ran for five years.
Which of the following characters never took a human life?
On a show like "Buffy," just about everyone that isn't a monster starts out good, but then does some bad things. Of all the main characters on the show, Xander is the only one that never killed a human.
Who of the following is the only main character not to turn into a demon?
Just like many of the characters on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended up killing a human, many became demons too. Dawn is the only main character that never turned into a demon on the show.
What was the name of the nerdy villains that menaced Buffy in season 6?
The Trio was originally just a bunch of nerds that hung out on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and didn't' scare anyone. But that changed in season 6. They all became just a bit menacing. Especially Warren.
What is the name of the town that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" takes place in?
If you're making a show like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" it needs to be set in a town with a good name. When you think of it, what better name could there be for a town like that than Sunnydale?
Which actress was offered the role of Buffy but turned it down?
Katie Holmes was at one point offered the lead role in " Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but she turned it down. If she did take this job then maybe she wouldn't have ended up marrying Tom Cruise.
Are you a true fan? What is Buffy's middle name?
Just about everyone knows that the main character in this show is named Buffy and others know her last name is Summers. Only a true lifetime fan knows that her middle name is Anne.
What band is there posters of in the background seen throughout the series?
It's hard to know if the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were huge fans of the band Widespread Panic, but one might think so. There were numerous posters of the band featured in the show.
What was the name of the band that performed the Buffy theme song?
Nerf Herder is a band from California that describes themselves as geek rock and is best known for being the band that performed the Buffy theme song. A version of this band is still active today.
What language is a lot of the spell books on the show written in?
Sumerian is a mystical language, and yet one that is real. Sumer is one of the first civilizations in the world, along with Ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley. Much of the ancient texts in Buffy were written in Sumerian.
Which famous country singer was listed as an executive producer of the show?
Dolly Parton was involved in some way in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie. Because of that, she also got a producer credit on the television show. Dolly has a lot going on if you didn't know.
How many actors played the same character in both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"?
As you probably know, the television show "Angel" was a spin off of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and there was a lot of actors that appeared in both shows. The official number was 18.
What is Buffy's real first name?
Buffy is known as being short for the name Elizabeth because of how a child might pronounce the first name. The show has made the name Buffy so much cooler than it used to be thought of.
What popular show did Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow, eventually star in?
Alyson Hannigan has had a long and successful career since being one of the stars of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She not only starred in "How I Met Your Mother" but also the movie "American Pie."
What is the real last name of the character known as "Oz"?
Seth Green was the actor that played the character "Oz." Despite him being a fairly well known actor, he never had a very big role when it came to being on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
James Marsters is the actor who played Spike. Where is he from in real life?
While Spike appears to be from England, the accent is not real. In fact, when James Marsters first auditioned for the role of Spike, he did so while sporting a Texas accent. But the producers told him to go for English instead.
What other popular show was filmed in the same high school as Buffy was?
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" didn't have a huge budget so they had to improvise. The show was filmed at a warehouse and also at the same high school that Beverly Hill 90210 was filmed at.
Who was the only actor to appear in both the Buffy TV show and movie?
Seth Green was a very successful actor back in the day and still has success currently. He is the only actor that has appeared in both the television and movie version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Which role on Buffy was actor Ryan Reynolds offered before he turned it down?
It is hard to imagine someone as popular as Ryan Reynolds was possibly going to have a supporting role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Reynolds was offered the part of Xander but turned it down.
What was Spike's human name before he was a vampire?
Spike as a human was known by the simple name of William. We know that doesn't sound that exciting, but in reality it was just a bit cooler than that. His name was actually "William the Bloody."
What was producer Joss Whedon's production company called?
Mutant Enemy Productions is a production company that was created by Joss Whedon to produce Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It also produced the shows "Angel" and "Firefly." It was started in 1996.
What was the name of the actor that played Rupert Giles?
Anthony Head has been a very successful actor in the United Kingdom for many years, but he is best known in America for only one role. He is still active as an actor in England today.
Which of these stars did not appear in the "Buffy" movie?
Back when the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie came out, both Donald Sutherland and Luke Perry were huge stars. Ben Affleck had a smaller role while Judd Nelson did not appear in the movie.
How old was Charisma Carpenter when she was first hired to play teenager Cordelia?
Lots of actors in television and movies that play teenagers are way older than the characters they are portraying. Still, being 27 like Charisma Carpenter was, is pushing the envelope for sure.
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