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Xander Harris Fanfiction (None of which he has superpowers)

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It has come to my knowledge that most members here *cough* @ChaseRules and @Athene *cough* have never come across a Xander fic where he doesn't have superpowers (or where he's pregnant) ;)

As the biggest Xander fan since the creation of the character, I'd like to test that theory. I don't remember reading a Xander with superpowers fic in a decade. He becomes pregnant or a girl or a child or even a puppy but I don't remember coming across a superpowered Xander.

Here's a list of Xander fanfiction where he remains a regular human, all with great writing quality:

Sparrow2000 is one of the best Xander authors out there. She shares my undying love for Xander and is a much better writer than I'll ever be. You will enjoy her work.

Cracks in the World by Sparrow2000: This is a pre-season 1 AU. Xander is aware of Sunnydale’s underbelly and Giles has just arrived in town. Things are about to get a little complicated.

The sequel The Beating of the Bounds by Sparrow2000: After the events in my pre-season 1 AU, Cracks in the World, this story picks up at the start of season 1 and Xander comes to terms with his place in the world and Giles has to come to terms with the arrival of his Slayer.

Magpie by Sparrow2000: Set post Chosen. Xander is travelling around Europe doing jobs for the Council when things start to happen…

Memento Mori by Sparrow2000: ‘What If’… from the end of Buffy Season 6. This is an angst fest and there is character death. It gets pretty dark in the latter chapters, so be warned.

The Light Spark by Sparrow2000: (Crossover with Merlin) Xander has an encounter he’ll probably never forget when he goes to meet a contact and make a delivery.

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Liz-Marcs is another great female Xander Harris writer. Index of Fanfiction by Lizbeth Marcs.

My favorite fics of hers are:

Whisperverse
  • Whisper (Status: Complete)
    Xander, Buffy, Willow, Anya, Spike; PG-13; Gen — A demon is stalking the streets of Sunnydale and driving the residents into horrific public displays of suicide. The key to solving the mystery is locked in the mind of one Scoob who is unable to remember a part of his troubled past.
  • Living History — Up to Part 39 and Part 39 to 70 (Status: Complete)
    Xander, Faith, ensemble for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, OCs; PG; Gen (Hints of Faith/Xander in the very distant future) — Some people have come a place far, far away and a time far, far ahead to ask for help on an urgent matter. The time? February 2008. The place? Moscow. The problem? They’re in Cleveland, September 2003. And that’s just the beginning of the trouble…
    • Please note that the formatting on Fanfiction Dot Net (Up to Part 39) has been broken due to various upgrades at Fanfiction Dot Net; please follow the link to Part 39 to 70 for a clearer copy of later chapters.
  • Water Hold Me Down (Status: Works In Progress)
    Xander, Faith, Anya, ensemble for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, OCs; PG-13; Xander/Anya, Xander/Faith — Who of us is happy until we get what we want? What price are we willing to pay for it? And once the toll is paid and we have what we want, will it really make us happy? Xander is about to find out.
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Xander stories from other writers:

Phantom 309 by Aadler: Two overlooked characters teaming together, both Xander and Marcie Ross know what it’s like to be invisible. And Faith is there, too.

All the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile by @catty-words: Post-Chosen. Xander’s been reeling from all the change in his life. New city, new job…it’s all a bit overwhelming. He’s still got a lot to be thankful for, though, and his friends are determined to remind him of that fact. One-shot written for a Christmas fic exchange.

BOOM. I JUST BLEW YOUR MIND, DIDN’T I? by @milly-summers: Xander’s therapy sessions with Dr. Mike. (Missing scenes from the BtVS S10 Comics.)

THE UNFORGIVEN BOYS by @soulfulspikethekiller: During s7, Xander reaches an uneasy understanding with his undead housemate, as he realises that they share more common ground than he thought.

Letters Never Sent by @nothorse: Xander trying to write a letter to Jesse’s parents. He needed to tell them, he just didn’t know how.

Cleveland Verse by nwhepcat: Post-"Chosen," S7. Spoilers for prit-near everything ever.

Spring Break, Sidekick Style by Perri Smith: Written mid-season 1 fic. Buffy, Willow and Giles are all away for spring break. When weird things begin happening at Joyce’s gallery, Xander has no choice but to ask for help from the one guy he’d rather not acknowledge.

Left Behind by devo79: It all ends with death or maybe, Xander thinks as he looks down from up high, maybe it starts with it. It’s pretty damn hard to say, especially from this vantage point, high up over the buildings in Sunnydale.

Walking After Midnight by aadler: Sometimes the enemy you can count on is exactly the friend you need.

Empty by lusciousspike: After the unfortunate events of Empty Places. Faith asks the Scoobies to find Buffy. Willow’s locator spell sends them to a house, which they’ll find empty. But is it really empty?

Now Or Never by lusciousspike: Right after Dirty Girls. Faith owes Xander something that was long overdue.

Dirty Boy by dipenates: Xander feels like he and Faith are on the same page, like they have a connection. Episode tag for 3.05 “Consequences”.

Five Things Xander Harris Didn’t Realize He’d Miss About Sunnydale by julia-her: Title says it all.



Xander in Africa Fics

Seeing Africa by huzzlewhat: Traveling through Africa in search of Slayers. Some things you leave behind, and some things you carry with you.

The Eternal Saudade of the Thompson Gunner by lostakasha: Xander reaches the end of his tether in the equatorial island country of Sao Tome.

Again, We Try by eurydice72: Xander hears about Cordelia's death while in Africa.

A Stone’s Throw from Yesterday by eurydice72: Fall, 2006. The Sunnydale Hellmouth has been destroyed for over three years, and the Scooby gang has scattered to the four corners of the globe, continuing their fight against the dark evils of the world. In the Egyptian desert, a single man hears a tortured plea for help. It’s just a shame he doesn’t recognize his own voice…

(This was a huge trope after BtVS ended in 2003. Almost every Xander writer wrote about Xander in Africa. I wasn't a huge fan of this trope, but these fics are great.)




Fics about Xander's Childhood:

A Tumult of Kinsfolk by spuffy_luvr: Once upon a time, Xander Harris hadn’t been the only Harris of his generation. He’d had cousins: a whole bevy of them, a tumult of kinsfolk, a veritable gaggle of cousins - or so it had seemed to an only child.

S1E10: Nightmares

Xander: Remember my sixth birthday party?

Willow: (laughs) Oh, year! When the clown chased you and you got so scared that you had to…

My Son’s Sixth Birthday Party by @luscious2

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S1E10: Nightmares

Buffy: I just can’t believe a kiddie league coach would do something like that.

Xander: Well, you obviously haven’t played kiddie league. I’m surprised it wasn’t one of the parents.

Anti-Baseball by @luscious2

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S2E4: Inca Mummy Girl

Xander: My dad tried to sell me to some Armenians once, does that count?

Another Harris Family Joke by punch-kicker15

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S5E3: The Replacement

Xander: Ah, I guess the folks are back. (hears yelling upstairs) No, no, I was wrong. Just incompetent burglars.

Xander, The Replacement by @blogobuffy

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S5E17: Forever

Willow: I’m gonna stop by my mom’s first. Been doing that a lot lately.

Xander: Yeah, I actually might stop at your mom’s, too. I’m not going to my place. Those people are scary.

Cuckoo in the Nest by Liz Marcs

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S6E7: Hell’s Bells

Willow: And Xander’s family. I haven’t seen them that bad since my bat mitzvah. Ugh, did you see how much they drank?

Willow’s Bat Mitzvah by @luscious2

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Added ficlets by @cantspeakfae :

Xander Harris Solo 1

Xander Harris Solo 2

Xander’s Birthday

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Xander at Oxnard fics


The Fabulous Ladies Night Club by ubiquirk
Summary: The road trip that wasn’t. After graduation, Xander only makes it to Oxnard before his car breaks down, and he finds himself washing dishes at The Fabulous Ladies Night Club. Forty miles to get back home might not seem that far, but sometimes, it can take a lot to cross.

The soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep by lunabee34
Summary: Ben wakes up behind the wheel of his car with a crick in his neck. He doesn’t know where he is. He ought to be used to this by now, waking up in strange places with no memory of what’s happened in the past few hours. He isn’t.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation by _beetle_
Summary: Xander spent a summer in Oxnard, at the Fabulous Ladies Night Club. My take on how it coulda went.

First Impressions by spikedluv
Summary: Xander continues his road trip after Oxnard and ends up in Pittsburgh.

And Let the Gods Do the Rest by savoytruffle and reremouse
Summary: What happened in Oxnard stayed in Oxnard and so did Xander… until Buffy sent him a souled and crazy Spike to help out with a little case of Apocalypse.

No Power on Earth by Circe
Summary: So, you wanted more details on what Xander did on his summer vacation … Think Catcher in the Rye meets gay vampire porn.

Oxnard to Glory by tabaqui and reremouse
Summary: In a universe where the Master never killed the Slayer, and the Scoobies survived graduation with a little more innocence and a lot less tarnish, Xander still never made it past Oxnard.


On the Road to Oxnard by spikedluv
Summary: Spike runs across Xander outside of Oxnard.

Is it Real or Non-Believe? Or Hitchhike to Hicklebob by Nasty Shrew
Summary: Set after Sunnydale High has been blown up and the Mayor Snake has been defeated. What did happen to Xander when he got to Oxnard, anyway?

Amateur Night by bookishwench
Summary: Doyle really hadn’t wanted to stop in Oxnard, but by the time he left, he was very glad he had.

Dancing Queen by Taltos
Summary: Xander and Graham have a one night stand after meeting at the bar in Oxnard where Xander worked. Then they meet up again in Sunnydale.

Oxnard Bound by jasonsnene
Summary: Xander stood staring at the dark curtain, not quite believing what he was about to do. He was crazy. It was official now. They should give him a stamp. Certifiable. That’s what his stamp would say.

Gentlemen’s Night by ladycat777 and lumenara
Summary: Xander never told anyone that the night he was forced to strip was Gentlemen’s Night…

Happenstance by Allyndra
Summary: Riley encounters Xander the summer before season 4, and it has a profound impact on his life.

Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt by cmk418
Summary: Tara tells the rest of the girls about meeting Xander in Oxnard.

Cowboys by Lamia Archer
Summary: “Stupid car. Stupid parents. Stupid job. Stupid Elijah for getting stupid meningitis and being too hospitalized to come in today.”

The G-Man by cmk418
Summary: Giles catching Xander stripping isn’t the only surprising thing that night.

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Female Xander Fics:

When Xander Harris Was A Girl by @nothorse

After the road-trip Xander Harris had a demony accident. Now she must cope.

Feminine Perspective by Scorpio

Anya talks a pissed off date of Xander’s into a wish and bingo, our boy is now a girl. So he does what he always does in one of these stories – he goes rushing to the Scoobies for help. The trouble is that in this dimension, he’s always been a girl and no one really believes his wild tale of vengeance demons and curses. And the cherry on the cake is that Spike is Xander’s boyfriend!

Manly Girly Giggles by Kiara

Probably the first one I ever read and it holds a special place in my heart. I love the quotes the writer puts in the beginning of each chapter. And this fic is extremely funny, especially Xander’s description of female squishy huggies.

Impossibly Delightful Flesh by Sadbhyl

This one is a Spuffy (though Xanya and Tillow play a huge part). In which the Scoobies have a small accident that leads to some major changes in their lives and has them questioning the deeper issues of sexuality, gender, and the heart.



Now some self-pimp:

La Femme Spander (co-written with lusciousspike)

Temporarily Spuffy and with a Spander friendship. BtVS S6, Entropy. Anya wants revenge and she’ll be getting it by cursing Spike and Xander. The ‘boys’ learn first hand how the other half live.

The Exchange (co-written with lusciousspike)

Warning: This is the first fic I’ve ever written, so keep that in mind when reading it.

Warren made another laser gun that had some unintentional results, in turn causing Xander, Buffy and Willow to fully understand the old saying ‘walking in somebody else’s shoes’.

Poetic Justice

S6 BtVS episode “Seeing Red.” This fic starts right after the scene where Xander finds Buffy in the bathroom in Seeing Red. Angry that Spike attempted to rape his friend, Xander engages into a fight with Buffy that results to a wish that will, obviously, be granted immediately.


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Dad Xander Fics:

Pieces of A Puzzle Spike’s stay at Xander’s apartment proves to be more interesting than he ever thought.

New York by Dr Squidlove Xander is thirty-seven. Divorced. Two kids. 4000 miles from Sunnydale and his Hellmouth childhood. Also, straight. Only someone forgot to tell Giles. In fact… where the hell is Giles?

Throwing the Stork by nwhepcat: Demons Xander and Faith can handle. But when a small daughter asks That Question, some serious strategy must be considered.
 
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Xander/Buffy Fics:

1) There Ought to Be Clowns by Aadler: “Buffy makes Xander a ‘no strings’ offer and Xander accepts. Funny how it becomes impossible to say what you really want once you’ve got what you asked for. I really loved the complicated Buffy characterisation in this story – it’s the road not taken, but feels very true to her character. And the use of repetition is an especially effective bell in her brain. Really good stuff.” Sparrow2000

“This is a tough story for me to read because Buffy’s in a hell of her own making and it’s so sad! But the story really is a great read. Just be prepared for angst.” Dragonyphoenix

“This is so heartbreaking and filled with so many misunderstandings and unspoken words.” @luscious2

2) The Cure Series by Lwbush: After Buffy’s return from the grave, she’s living with Dawn and Xander. Then she sees Xander in a different light and makes a proposal. Friends with benefits. But it turns out differently than she’d anticipated.

3) Surfacing by Only_Passenger: Set between S6 and S7. Buffy and Xander finally talk about all the S6 crap with the addition of booze. Those are the rules: drink "like men at a poker game. All the dirty secrets come out.” It’s character-driven with Buffy empowerment and that last line. Perfect. God, I just love complexity of the Buffy/Xander relationship!

4) Dusk Over Pompeii by Aadler: Some battles can’t be won. Some can’t even be fought. A sad background story that was never shown in canon, set in S4.

5) A Tall Ship by Sam_arkand: Xander had an extremely important decision to make. Possibly vital to the world. Apocalypse averting, even. The writing is so perfect, really good language and the very gradual development of Buffy and Xander’s relationship makes me swoon, so gracefully moving forward. Even if you don’t ship them together, you’re going to enjoy this one. (It also deals with “Kick his ass” very well, this will probably get you interested, heh)

6) If I Act (a Little Strange) by Waddis: There’s a difference between getting old and getting older, but neither one feels very good. Xander is turning 30… “Why, God, why are you doing this to us?!” Joey from Friends.

7) Lost and Gone Forever by Hkath: Buffy sent Angel to hell in S2 and left. She never came back. Heartbreaking piece about the Scoobies, especially Xander, dealing with Buffy being gone and living S3 without Buffy.

8) We All Fall Down by Coalitiongirl: Missing scene, takes place just after the last scene in “Killed By Death.” Xander helps Buffy heal in the only way he can. I really wish this missing scene happened. So powerful and gripping. I couldn’t stop reading.

9) Still Standing by Secondalto: Xander comes to Scotland to heal. Buffy and Giles are there for him. Especially Buffy.

10) Ordinary Guy by tesla321: You can read Part 2 here. Xander is in Africa, trying to get over Anya. Xander is heading to Rome, but doesn’t think Buffy will be at the airport to greet him.

11) Now I Live Here, Another Island by Glossing: “It’s not a Sunnydale summer without a funeral to kick it off.” After “Grave”.

12) Underneath the Shroud by Ladycat777: Post-NFA. Xander buries his face there, unable to really breathe from their shared warmth, her fingers in his hair, her other arm loosely curling over his shoulder. “I’m sorry,” she says.

13) Watcher Mine by peroxidepirate: Leaving Sunnydale, Buffy struggles to move on. Xander helps her deal. A fic between S7 and S8. My favorite types of fics, I really enjoy when writers try to fill in the blanks, and this fic shows how closer Buffy and Xander are getting.


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Xander/Spike Fics:

1) Magpie and its sequel Mockingbird by Sparrow2000:

Set post Chosen. Xander is travelling around Europe doing jobs for the Council when things start to happen.

2) Perceptions Verse by Sparrow2000

Spike unexpectedly comes to Sunnydale on business prior to ‘Lover’s Walk’. He spots Xander and Willow sneaking about and that makes our nosy neighbourhood vampire all kinds of curious.

3) Nothing the Same by Orchidluv

Xander doesn’t deal well with Jesse’s death. Guilt-ridden over killing his friend, he can’t accept what Giles and Buffy are telling him, that nothing of his friend remained in the vampire. He drifts away from Willow feeling betrayed that she has just forgotten Jesse. The others think he’s gone off the deep end, especially when it looks like he’s becoming friends with Spike.

Sparrow2000′s comments: epic rewrite from S1-S5. Lovely and plotty and really nicely written.

4) Reassembling by Texanfan

What if both Buffy and Anya died at the end of The Gift?

Sparrow2000′s comments: Season 6 rewrite – gorgeous stuff

5) Blood on a Sundial by Maz

Spike and Xander, AU in Season 2. We are talking slow burn for this relationship. Please note the rating - they do not fall into bed together.

Sparrow2000′s comments: Takes a left turn on Season 2. This is Spike and Xander, rather than Spander, but it’s wonderful.

6) Want by Shanyah

It’s New York, it’s eight years after the end of season 7. Xander and Spike have a chance meeting. Spike wants Xander to build him a house, but that’s not all he wants. Xander applies both his architectural and, ahem, other talents. Smut, romance (kinda) and some angst follow.

Sparrow2000′s comments: 8 years after Chosen, Xander has qualified as an architect when Spike comes back into his life

7) Long Time Gone by Yin_Again

Xander’s been away for eight years having a normal life. That’s all been shot to hell and he’s come back to Sunnydale looking for a little help from his friends, and Spike.

Sparrow2000′s comments: post series, Xander returns to Sunnydale after years away. I love the fact that the gang are all friends in this story, and the boys are hot together

8) Letters by Tabaqui

He came back to himself in pain. It felt as if he were being burned alive. *Again?

Sparrow2000′s comments: one of my favourite post series stories – this is Spike’s PoV.

9) Sidelines by Anna S

Xander is on the sidelines once more. Buffy & Willow are in college, and his parents have kicked him out of the basement. How that happened, well, it’s a funny story, involving a shirtless Spike, but Xander really doesn’t want to tell it.

This story veers off canon shortly after the events of Hush, and follows Xander as he struggles to find his place, discover himself, and keep up the good fight against evil while living next-door to the undead.

10) A Week of Wrong by Anna S

Comedy, The universe seems to be trying to set Xander up with Spike.

@baudown‘s comments: Although Subtleties is my personal favorite Anna S story, for this request I’d be more inclined to rec Sidelines and A Week of Wrong

11) No Power on Earth by Circe

Set in the summer after Season 3. So, you wanted more details on what Xander did on his summer vacation … Think Catcher in the Rye meets gay vampire porn.

12) Loserville, by Shrift

Welcome to Loserville. Population: two.

13) 48 Hours in the Lives of Xander the Bear and the Vamp Who Came Back, by reremouse

It’s ten years since Sunnydale went down and Spike went down with it; Xander’s changed and Spike hasn’t, but they’ll always have Cheetos.

14) Good Guy, Bad Guy, by reremouse and cordelianne

In a post-Chosen, post-NFA, non-comic canon compliant world, Xander’s working with the Council and Spike’s working with Angel. Somehow they keep running into each other.

15) My Funny Valentine, by Witling

“No, I got nabbed by vampires, who made me kinky. Willow’s gay. I’m kinky. There’s a difference.”

A Lesson in Principles, by Annie Sewell-Jennings:

Right after Hush. Xander and Spike in the basement of doom.

17) Brothers in Arms, by Poshcat:

Guess who’s come for a visit at Wolfram and Hart’s on Christmas night?

18) When Visions Come True by Spikedluv

Xander has a horrifying vision of the future and sets out to see if it’s true or not.

My comments: Remember when I keep asking for unrequited love Spander fic where Xander falls for Spike who doesn’t return his feelings? This is the closest thing.

19) Fragments by Shadowscast

The Shanshu Prophecy was a little ambiguous, to say the least. What if Spike became human after Not Fade Away? This series is my exploration of what life might be like for ex-vampire Spike.

20) If You Are Squeamish by Justwolf

When you’ve been in the world for as long as Spike, your head beings to fill up.

21) Sidelines by Anna S

Xander is on the sidelines once more. Buffy & Willow are in college, and his parents have kicked him out of the basement. How that happened, well, it’s a funny story, involving a shirtless Spike, but Xander really doesn’t want to tell it.

This story veers off canon shortly after the events of Hush, and follows Xander as he struggles to find his place, discover himself, and keep up the good fight against evil while living next-door to the undead.

22) Not Ready and sequel The Best of Friends by Slaymesoftly

An AU twist on the events after “The Gift” in which Xander and Spike end up being Dawn’s primary caretakers. Closeness ensues, but this is just UST and friendship more than anything else.

The sequel is about Xander’s unrequited love for Spike, especially after Buffy comes back from the dead.

23) Seeing is His Superpower by Shadowscast

This is a post-Chosen AU in which Xander finds Spike’s amulet in the wreckage of Sunnydale. When he picks it up, something interesting happens…

24) Sweet Revenge by Jackson

A rewrite of S5 Spander style. Spike has a plan to hurt Buffy by using Xander, but Xander has an unexpected effect.

25) London Calling by Shadowscast

After Buffy receives a mysterious telephone call from Spike, she sends Xander to London to find out what’s going on. This story’s set in an alternate universe where at the start of S7, Spike didn’t return to Sunnydale and the First Evil didn’t start devouring from beneath.

26) Divided and it’s sequel Two’s Company and its sequel Male Bonding by Jackson

Spike gets hit by Toth’s mojo instead of Xander. Sequel: Spike has been rejoined with his demon side but those pesky feelings just won’t go away. Sequel: Spike’s secret is out, but how will Xander react?


27) The Boy and the Beast by Snowpuppies

Spike has a surprise for Xander, but it’s not what he expected. At all. Set in S4 BtVS. This one is dark, in a good way, you’ve got cunning Spike even with a chip in his head and I don’t wanna spoil it.

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Xander/Angel Fics:

He Never Did Listen by viciouswishes

One of the most believable takes on Xangel. Raw and harsh and beautiful. But really realistic. Post-Chosen.

Giving by Benaresq:

This one hurts, deep, deep, deep into my Xander soul. The part with Xander and the scissors torture will always be my favorite - it’s really not as creepy as it sounds. Actually it was the funniest part in this angsty, heartbreaking fic.

The Super of Montmorency Hall by _beetle_

Xander starts to paint a basement and Angel helps in his own inimitable way. It’s subtle and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, you step on a metaphorical landmine.

Unequal Dialogue by brutti_ma_buoni:

Season five AtS between Power Play and Not Fade Away. In this fic, Xander went to LA after the wedding catastrophe in Hell‘s Bells, so all mildly AU as a result. (Also no memory wipe at the end of s4, you will find) Silly and fluffy, but very enjoyable.

The Void, by thatotherperv

Xander goes to LA to get Angel’s help with Glory, but Angel seems a little off. Be warned, there is both non con and dub con in this story, but they are logical in the context of the story.

Connections series by xanzpet

Angel and Xander are wonderfully in character – no schmoopy OOC-ness here, no siree. The tension between these two is as sharp as ever, but it takes a while to grow into more, which is what I love best about long fics.

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Xander/Giles Fics:
The Giles Thing by Drsquidlove:

While Bronzing it one night, Xander finds his eyes drawn to a strange guy on the other side of the room who keeps giving him a rather surly stare back. Eventually he decides enough is enough and leaves for the night. Only mystery man doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo and follows him out, and traps him against the wall. And proceeds to make out with him. It’s not until after some seriously naughty touching that Xander realizes he’s making out with a much younger Giles - 18 year old Ripper.

New York by Drsquidlove:

Xander is thirty-seven. Divorced. Two kids. 4000 miles from Sunnydale and his Hellmouth childhood. Also, straight. Only someone forgot to tell Giles. In fact... where the hell is Giles?

Act of Nature by Wesley’s Girl and Jane Davitt

Xander is working for the RWC, renovating an old farmhouse on Iona. When Giles turns up a few days before Christmas he brings some shocking news which acts as a catalyst to change the entire nature of their relationship.

Saturation by Wesley’s Girl and Jane Davitt

Giles and Xander are finding their groove in a post Africa relationship when Spike turns up on the doorstep; a very human, confused, confrontational, vulnerable Spike.

Why Do You Breathe and its sequel Scar Tissue by Savoytruffle

Xander was lost in some way in Africa and Giles was the one to go and bring him home.

Everything Xander Knows About Time Travel (He Learned from Back to the Future) by Soft Princess and Mireille

Willow and Giles send Xander into the past to find something they need to avert an apocalypse. Xander finds a great deal more than he’d bargained for.

And for more Xander/Giles recs, check Sparrow2000′s awesome rec list!

Also, the No One Knows Xander/Giles Ficathon Masterlist

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Xander/Faith Fics:


1) LILAC CITY by NWHEPCAT: Xander/Faith. After the fall of Sunnydale, Xander resigned as the heart of the Scoobies, creating a solitary life away from the supernatural wars. He manages a supermarket in Spokane, stays sober, keeps to himself. But now, five years later, his quiet life is about to change forever, in ways he can’t possibly imagine. I don’t read a lot of Xander/Faith unless they’re one shots and tend to deal with what happened in the episode Consequences. This is one of the best few long Xander/Faith fics I ever read.

2) What If by
flurblewig: Shippy undertones and somewhat sweet. Faith and Xander in all their S7 awkward glory have a conversation I wish I’d seen.

3) Differences by
girlfromsouth: which is absolutely perfect in its domesticity. Well, more like domesticity Xander-and-Faith style.

4) Honeysuckle by
jengrrrl: wherein Faith hurts Xander one last time.

5) Last Train Leaving Wonderland by Liz_marcs:
Xander/Faith, Giles, Buffy; NC-17; Het — Xander has a plan. Life and Faith are not making it easy for him.



Okay, I'm so tired now... there are many other categories like Friendship Xander Fics, but I'm really tired. Took me two hours to gather up all these fics.

So, there you have it folks! Xander without superpowers fics. And believe me when I say, there are far more of them than those where Xander has superpowers. (Seriously, where do you find them?)
 
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To be fair I don't read that many Xander fanfiction stories so when I say all that I've ever read it means like 3 stories lol


Is this my reading list for the summer?:D

Oh gosh I don't think I'd enjoy the Xander childhood fanfiction ones because writers always seem to exaggerate how bad his childhood was.
This is their train of thought Alcohol!> abuse!> sexual abuse!
It's just not believable to me that Xander experienced any of that (apart from the alcohol).

This is the main culprit for my opinion on Xander fanfiction stories (they give him special abilities and glorify him).
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Is this my reading list for the summer?:D
Tell me what you enjoy and I'll give you a shorter list. :D

Oh gosh I don't think I'd enjoy the Xander childhood fanfiction ones because writers always seem to exaggerate how bad his childhood was.
This is their train of thought Alcohol!> abuse!> sexual abuse!
It's just not believable to me that Xander experienced any of that (apart from the alcohol).
Back in the day, writers were so obsessed with writing Tony Harris as a rapist bastard. Almost all fics had Xander sexually abused by his father (and sometimes his mother and Uncle Rory, too) that I started to believe it's canon, heh. Which one of the childhood fics did you like?
 
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Tell me what you enjoy and I'll give you a shorter list. :D



Back in the day, writers were so obsessed with writing Tony Harris as a rapist bastard. Almost all fics had Xander sexually abused by his father (and sometimes his mother and Uncle Rory, too) that I started to believe it's canon, heh. Which one of the childhood fics did you like?
All of the childhood Xander fics that I've read exaggerated how bad his childhood was, all we know is that Xander's parents drink a lot it doesn't mean they physically or sexually abused him.
So I never really enjoyed any of the ones I've come across lol
 
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All of the childhood Xander fics that I've read exaggerated how bad his childhood was, all we know is that Xander's parents drink a lot it doesn't mean they physically or sexually abused him.
So I never really enjoyed any of the ones I've come across lol
Judging by how Xander feels about them and his dream in Restless, I'd say there was a lot of emotional abuse since the reason he left Anya at the altar was his fear of becoming abusive like his father.

The only indication that Xander was hit once by his father was the quote from Nightmares:

Buffy: I just can’t believe a kiddie league coach would do something like that.

Xander: Well, you obviously haven’t played kiddie league. I’m surprised it wasn’t one of the parents.


Sexual abuse is obviously not canon.
 
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I ship Xander and Faith but only in season 3. Any other season and that would not appeal to me :oops:
But I think they could have been a sweet couple in season 3.
 
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Judging by how Xander feels about them and his dream in Restless, I'd say there was a lot of emotional abuse since the reason he left Anya at the altar was his fear of becoming abusive like his father.

The only indication that Xander was hit once by his father was the quote from Nightmares:

Buffy: I just can’t believe a kiddie league coach would do something like that.

Xander: Well, you obviously haven’t played kiddie league. I’m surprised it wasn’t one of the parents.


Sexual abuse is obviously not canon.
Yeah Xander's father was abusive to his wife, and that's why I believe Xander was afraid of their arguments and his father sometimes.
I think that Xander's dad has certainly hit him a few times, but not constant physical abuse like some fics suggest.
 
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I ship Xander and Faith but only in season 3. Any other season and that would not appeal to me :oops:
But I think they could have been a sweet couple in season 3.
I like Xander/Faith post-Chosen. I don't really see it working in S3, but I don't mind reading fics for them in that season. I like ones where Faith gets pregnant after that one night. I think this will force them to be together.

Maybe if Faith was more included, and wasn't terrified about killing a man, it would have been interesting seeing Xander approach her about having a connection. I don't think she'd choke him to death. :D
 
Yeah Xander's father was abusive to his wife, and that's why I believe Xander was afraid of their arguments and his father sometimes.
I think that Xander's dad has certainly hit him a few times, but not constant physical abuse like some fics suggest.
I agree. I think the most telling moment about Xander's childhood is in Restless: When his father slams the door open, and Xander flinches and immediately lowers his gaze. His reaction tells me that he's terrified by his father.
 
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I like Xander/Faith post-Chosen. I don't really see it working in S3, but I don't mind reading fics for them in that season. I like ones where Faith gets pregnant after that one night. I think this will force them to be together.

Maybe if Faith was more included, and wasn't terrified about killing a man, it would have been interesting seeing Xander approach her about having a connection. I don't think she'd choke him to death. :D
I don't think I'd like them in season 7 because they're so different by that point and Faith's gone through so much ( prison!) that she seems a lot more mature than Xander in season 7.
But in early season 3 they're both still just innocent teenagers so they're more on the level of each other.
 
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I don't think I'd like them in season 7 because they're so different by that point and Faith's gone through so much ( prison!) that she seems a lot more mature than Xander in season 7.
But in early season 3 they're both still just innocent teenagers so they're more on the level of each other.
I think Xander is very mature in S7, and would be twice more mature after experiencing the loss of an eye and his girlfriend.
 
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I think Xander is very mature in S7, and would be twice more mature after experiencing the loss of an eye and his girlfriend.
Xander's mature but he's got a different sort of maturity, Faith's got a lot of problems by that point and she's a murderer so I don't see how Xander could relate to that.
 
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Xander's mature but he's got a different sort of maturity, Faith's got a lot of problems by that point and she's a murderer so I don't see how Xander could relate to that.
I don't think a couple needs to relate to each other to work. There are couples who have nothing in common and they still work. I enjoy reading Xander/Faith, but I'm not a shipper. Here's the Xander/Faith ship-manifesto written by Liz-Marcs who used to be a huge Xaith shipper when she used to be in fandom. She explains why the ship works for her and you will see some fics recced at the bottom.
 
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I don't think a couple needs to relate to each other to work. There are couples who have nothing in common and they still work. I enjoy reading Xander/Faith, but I'm not a shipper. Here's the Xander/Faith ship-manifesto written by Liz-Marcs who used to be a huge Xaith shipper when she used to be in fandom. She explains why the ship works for her and you will see some fics recced at the bottom.
Thanks I'll read it :)
 
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Wow, i am absolutely amazed and impressed by the effort you have put in this. I have never before read any xander fanfic but i will definetely give the ones with Spike a try. But please give me a warning if any of them have xander pregnant because i could not deal with that
Thanks a lot for this !

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I bow to your superior knowledge of Xander since you are such a big fan of his . I only read a few Xander stories & from the looks of it I made the wrong choice to think that . Thanks for the very detailed list .

*Grabs a drink & sits down to do some reading *
 
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Just read Letters Never Sent. So sad! The show really should've had people looking for Jesse (and could've shown the conspiracy of silence as one or both of Jesse's parents went looking for him, or reveal his parents were killed, and there's a good chance Jesse had parents similar to Xander).
 
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Wow, i am absolutely amazed and impressed by the effort you have put in this. I have never before read any xander fanfic but i will definetely give the ones with Spike a try. But please give me a warning if any of them have xander pregnant because i could not deal with that
Thanks a lot for this !

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I made sure none of these fics have a pregnant Xander or Xander with superpowers. If you wanna try Spander (Xander/Spike) I suggest you start with Sidelines which is basically a what if Xander was the gay Scooby instead of Willow story. It's set in S4 and it's extremely well written. If you wanna read an angsty Spike fic, I suggest you try one of Shadowcast's fics.
 
I bow to your superior knowledge of Xander since you are such a big fan of his . I only read a few Xander stories & from the looks of it I made the wrong choice to think that . Thanks for the very detailed list .

*Grabs a drink & sits down to do some reading *
If you have a preference, let me know and I'll point you to the right fic. :)
 
Just read Letters Never Sent. So sad! The show really should've had people looking for Jesse (and could've shown the conspiracy of silence as one or both of Jesse's parents went looking for him, or reveal his parents were killed, and there's a good chance Jesse had parents similar to Xander).
I feel parents of teenage characters were tragically underused in the show. It's not believable that parents are so absent from their children's lives. Okay, we know that Xander and Willow come from neglectful families, but that shouldn't apply to all the kids? I wouldn't have minded getting to know Cordelia's parents and Oz' parents and have them be "good" parents. They don't have to be perfect, but Joyce kind of good.

I would also say that the absence of parents' reaction to an English man knocking on doors to take away their daughters in S7 is ridiculously unrealistic. I would have liked if Rona was accompanied by her parents when she arrived to Sunnydale, and perhaps Buffy fails to protect them and they end up killed. I can see Rona holding a grudge because Buffy failed to save them.
 
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