Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the biggest shows on television in its time, and as it went on, it changed quite a bit. From a softer story about a cheerleader facing down vampires in alleyways, to a mythic story about a chosen hero fighting to defeat the patriarchy and save humanity from evil itself. As the show changed, so did its cast -- moving from high school to college and beyond, growing and changing, turning good and evil and weird, gaining odd magical traits or losing them, and evolving and becoming new. 

A show about what it means to be a teenager, change was always inherent in the series, which is perhaps the explanation for why so little of the show looks the same as it did when it all began, especially given it all began as a very terrible movie made at the very beginning of the ’90s. 

Here's a look back at all the ways that Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed from the early ’90s to the mid-2000s.

Buffy Summers

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth BUFFY The Chosen One to The Leader of the Chosen. From victim to cheerleader superhero to general fighting a war for the survival of humanity. LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

Vampires

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth VAMPIRES From terrible-looking to still terrible-looking to sometimes heartthrobs. LAST APPEARANCE Angel Not Fade Away CRACKED.COM

Xander Harris

Buffy the Vampire Slayer ave FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4 Welcome to the Hellmouth XANDER From annoying sidekick to... annoying sidekick. Hey, now he knows how to pilot tanks? BUS LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

Anya Jenkins

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Wish ANYA A feminist vengance demon turns into a jilted lover before fighting to save humanity. LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

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Spike

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer School Hard SPIKE The Ultimate Badass... Who gets a chip stuck in his head, joins the good guys, and regains his soul. LAST APPEARANCE Angel Not Fade Away CRACKED.COM

Glory (and Ben Wilkinson)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer No Place Like Home GLORY (AND BEN) Ben / Glory. A goddess trapped in a fragile form. LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Gift CRACKED.COM

Rupert Giles

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth GILES The quiet librarian is revealed as a former punk chaos magician demon summoner, before ending as a consultant in a war for the fate of the world. BUS LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

Faith Lehane

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Faith, Hope & Trick FAITH The Next Slayer. Turns evil, turns good, always goth. Becomes Buffy, becomes a hero, has a cool knife. BUS LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

Angel

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth ANGEL From brooding, melancholic monster to brooding, melancholic hunk. LAST APPEARANCE Angel Not Fade Away CRACKED.COM

Harmony Kendall

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth HARMONY Obnoxious cheerleader to L.A. demon receptionist, antagonist to love interest. LAST APPEARANCE Angel Not Fade Away CRACKED.COM

Willow Rosenberg

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth WILLOW Cottagecore queen to Dark Lord to hippie lesbian. BUS LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen CRACKED.COM

Cordelia Chase

Buffy the Vampire Slayer th repercussions? FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth CORDELIA From Chief B!tch, to Perfect Goddess, to Vision. (Behind the scenes: From producer's choice to allegedly being punished for getting pregnant.) LAST APPEARANCE Angel You're Welcome CRACKED.COM

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Bad Girls WESLEY From nebbish dweeb to hot mess. LAST APPEARANCE Angel Not Fade Away CRACKED.COM

The First

Buffy the Vampire Slayer THE FIRST FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Amends LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen From random Season 3 baddie to supreme source of evil behind every villain. CRACKED.COM

Darla

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth DARLA Buffy's first vampire, ends up a mother to a supernaturally sped-up growth son. LAST APPEARANCE Angel The Girl in Question CRACKED.COM

Sunnydale

Buffy the Vampire Slayer SUNNYDALE From quaint (and magically-infested) town to FIRST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Welcome to the Hellmouth WELCOME to RUNNYDALL Enjoy Your Stay! LAST APPEARANCE Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chosen ABLISHED 10.00 CRACKED.COM
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