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Buffy just before facing "The Master"
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On the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy Summers was a normal girl until she started having strange dreams of vampires and demons. After burning down her school gym in LA, Buffy's recently divorced mother decided a change of scenery would positively influence her daughter's delinquent behaviour and moved them to pleasant Sunnydale, California. Unfortunately for both Summers, Sunnydale was located on a Hellmouth and rife with demon and vampire activity. Unknown to Buffy, the Watcher's Council, a group of mentors for Slayers of every generation, was aware of her move to Sunnydale and sent a watcher to aid her. Her watcher, Rupert Giles, provided a wealth of knowledge to aid her in her fight against evil.

Alone in a new high school, Buffy befriended social fringe genius Willow Rosenberg and her best friend Xander Harris after the tragic loss of their lifelong friend Jesse. Facing the fact that she could never escape the hordes of evil, Buffy accepted her calling as a defender of good. Buffy is famous for her wisecracking quick wit in battle, making slaying more of an art than a chore.

After her death at the hands of the Master, an elder vampire trapped under Sunnydale in a buried church (Buffy was revived by Xander) , a second Slayer named Kendra was called. When Kendra died, Faith was called, beginning a complicated relationship of hate, respect and power between her and Buffy. Things got even more complicated when Dawn, a troublesome teenager, suddenly appeared as Buffy's sister, with the memories of the Scooby Gang and everyone else altered to make it seem like Dawn had existed since she was born. It turns out that monks had done this to protect the 'Key', now in the form of Dawn, from the goddess Glorificus (often shortened to Glory) who wanted to use it to open a portal back to her home world, in the process destroying the Earth dimension. At the same time, the vampire Spike developed feelings for the Slayer, whose advances were strongly rebuffed by Buffy. However, when Spike told nothing about Dawn being the Key to Glory, despite being heavily tortured, Buffy thanked him and began to trust him. In the end, Glory captured Dawn and one of Glory's minions opened the portal with Dawn's blood. Buffy, having overpowered Glory, then decided to sacrifice herself to close the portal by jumping off the scaffolding and giving it her blood and life.

Buffy was resurrected by the Scooby Gang, thanks to Willow's magic, but it was revealed that she was in heaven, and found living extremely hard, especially when she had to handle with debts, working at a fast-food restaurant, and battling against three bothersome geeks, Warren, Jonathan, and Andrew. When Warren, angry that Buffy had once more foiled his plans, accidentally killed Tara with a stray bullet when he had intended to end Buffy's life, Buffy's attention was now on Willow, who had been consumed by dark magic and sought revenge against Warren. But, it was her loyal friend Xander who stopped the Wiccan ending the world.

Buffy was then responsible for the training and the leadership of potential Slayers who had gathered under the Summers home when an entity known as the First Evil started killing them around the world, looking to end the Slayer line. Eventually, Buffy with Willow's help chose to turn all the potentials into real Slayers so that the burden wasn't on one girl each generation, and closed the Hellmouth in Sunnydale with Spike's sacrifice.

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