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Keep the plot, change the character

nightshade

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There's several plots in Buffy that were more real, like the boyfriend goes bad after sex, drug addiction/withdrawal etc. So what if those were kept but different characters.

Willow leaving Tara at the altar because of her insecurities.

Xander going bad after sex with Cordelia.
 

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There is a whole galaxy of permutations and combinations you could use to convey the same plot points, but the writers had to choose one for each and it was probably as good as anything else they could have done. Are you looking for examples of who they could have used to convey these plot points?

Willow leaving Tara at the altar would have been met with enough blowback from the LGBTQ community to damage the series. Xander going bad would have been believable but would not have had the same effect as an ensouled vampire reverting to the viciousness of Angelus. It could have been interesting if Tara was the magic addict but I think people would have just said, "Drop Tara and let Willow get on with her business" because they were not as invested. Maybe Giles reverting to Ripper would have been an interesting story.
 

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Buffy taking over Wolfram & Hart, struggling to work as part of a big corporation.

Faith having a kid, a la Connor (At least until the point where he gets kidnapped). Showing how she deals with her own parental issues in that way.

Wesley leaving Fred at the altar because of his insecurities.
 
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Love these. Faith with a kid would've been very interesting.
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I wouldn't like to think what would happen to any kid raised by Faith ...

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I always thought Xander and Amy would have been an attractive couple with the potential to get into a lot of trouble (which they did already).

Xander could have saved Katrina Silber and been another attractive couple and the chase would be on to catch the Trio who would use all the magic at their disposal to escape.

Ethan Rayne should have been a spy in the employ of Wolfram & Hart.

Mr. Trick should have established the modern computer-savvy vampire organization with a computer dating service that no human survives when he matches vampires with humans.

Snyder and Joyce should have been a couple (almost as bad as Ted and Joyce).

Olaf should have returned to fight the final battle alongside Anyanka.

Sunday should have escaped and returned to fight Riley.

Buffy should have established a farm to raise Mohra demons to return vampires to their original state.
 

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Buffy should have established a farm to raise Mohra demons to return vampires to their original state.
The plotline that sparked a thousand discussions on ethical demon farming! :p
 
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Maybe Giles and Jenny sleep together and she's the one with a gypsy curse, she's a runaway from the family so they cursed her to be miserable
 

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@Spanky it was a big storyline and an easy moment to change. However, what about instead of Buffy being depressed in season 6, she comes back and we get the drugs story through her instead of Willow and magic being drugs
 
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It was just a joke.

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Faith having a kid, a la Connor (At least until the point where he gets kidnapped). Showing how she deals with her own parental issues in that way.
I love the idea of her having a kid with Robin. She’d have to deal with her issues, and he’d have to deal with his, having a child with a Slayer, just like himself.

Ok, it’d be a bit ”getting together with someone kind of like your mom”, but these minds brought us Connor/Cordelia, they’re not above such things.
 
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these minds brought us Connor/Cordelia, they’re not above such things.
See. You just have to go and poke the bear, or, in the case of my avatar, a rabbit. There is nothing wrong with Connor/Cordelia.
Now if Faith had a girl and she magically grown-up and started dating Xander, now THAT would be wrong.
 
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I’m not cool enough to get jokes, but that was pretty cute

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See. You just have to go and poke the bear, or, in the case of my avatar, a rabbit. There is nothing wrong with Connor/Cordelia.
Now if Faith had a girl and she magically grown-up and started dating Xander, now THAT would be wrong.
Rabbit? Rabbit!!?
 
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I love the idea of her having a kid with Robin. She’d have to deal with her issues, and he’d have to deal with his, having a child with a Slayer, just like himself.
I'd prefer it if Faith had a child with Wesley (THINK OF THE DRAMATIC POTENTIAL!!! IT'LL BE A FREAKIN' NUCLEAR EXPLOSION OF ANGST!!), or Buffy, or Willow, or just as a single parent (again - ANGST), but I can accept Robin too :)

Ok, it’d be a bit ”getting together with someone kind of like your mom”, but these minds brought us Connor/Cordelia, they’re not above such things.
I suppose it's a cliche for a reason...



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Dawn jumps at the end of The Gift instead of Buffy. Buffy's depression in Season 6 is caused by the death of her sister (and the grief from her mother's death too). Willow eventually resurrects Dawn as a "present" for Buffy but the repercussion is that it activates Dawn's Key-ness and she becomes a magical being. Instead of Dark Willow at the end of Season 6 we get Dark Dawn, overloaded on Key-Magic and out to destroy the world.
 
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