To celebrate 23 years of the Chosen One here is ten fun facts about the worlds best Vampire Slayer.
9 - In the original pilot episode Willow was actually played by Riff Regan and not Alyson Hannigan. When the show was picked up, the plans to replace Regan were already in place. They wanted someone who was naturally a little quirky and Alyson Hannigan fit the role perfect. Poor Riff :(
8 - Dawn was originally planned to have powers of her own but these were later dropped. If they had been kept she would have been able to talk to the dead and also move things with her mind.
7 - A spin off with Faith as the main character was also planned but when the show ended Eliza Dushku wanted to pursue other roles instead and so it ended there. Although a Angel and Faith spin off comic series was released after the season 8 comic.
6 - The decision to have the vampires turn to dust was to make the show a little easier. Instead of the gang jumping over bodies and also having to clean up after every fight, the decision was made to have them turn to dust. It also cost $5000 in cgi costs each time too.
5 - In the episode Hush The Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale and as creepy as that episode is, it actually happened because of a dream Joss Whedon had. In the dream the gentlemen slowly floated towards him while he was in bed. Doug Jones who also played Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus was played one of them in the episode.
3 - In scenes where Angel and Buffy would kiss, Gellar and David Boreanaz would purposely eat bad foods like pickles and tuna to ensure their breath smelt as a small joke to each other.
2 - When a show is running for 7 seasons you would think letting the cast know it would end with season 7 would be a priority... unfortunately not. Sarah Michelle Gellar actually revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2003 that the show would end with season 7. Almost all of the cast and crew didn't know this and either read about it from EW or were told by friends or family who had read it.
1 - With that being said Buffy was originally planned to end with season 5. It was written and filmed to be the very final episode and although an extremely sad one at that, it did continue. The WB had not renewed the show for a 6th season and with no guarantee it would be picked up by another network the cast and crew had made it so it ended with... well an ending. When UPN picked it up, the show continued for another 2 seasons and thankfully it ended with Buffy not dying after all.