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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Every Apocalypse Ranked
BY JONATHAN THOMPSON

Throughout her seven years in Sunnydale, Buffy faced her share of
apocalypses. In fact, Buffy the Vampire Slayer saw the Scoobies avert ten
apocalyptic events. Some were entire seasons in the making. Others were
one-episode arcs. Despite being an event that would always end with the
destruction of the world, each apocalypse was interestingly unique.

Some apocalypses, like the Master’s plan to open the Hellmouth, were long in
the making. Others, like Dark Willow’s attempt, were on a whim. Glory’s
apocalypse wasn’t even about destroying the world. For her, that was just a
happy coincidence. When looking at each “end of the world plan,” it is
interesting to examine why some could have worked while others, Scoobies or
no, still might not have been successful.



10
Vharral Demons Attempt To Open The Hellmouth

In the Season 4 episode "Doomed," a recent earthquake convinced Buffy
something bad was coming. Giles eventually confirmed her fears, determining
it was the end of the world. As the Scoobies soon learned, a group of
Vharral demons was going to use the Sacrifice of Three to open the
Hellmouth.

One-episode apocalypse events don’t usually feel as intense. They lack
proper buildup. However, when the baddies make themselves the sacrifice like
the Vharral demons did, it raises the stakes. This particular apocalypse was
also notable because it gave the Scoobies and fans alike a chance to revisit
the destroyed Sunnydale High.


9
Adam Plans To Create A Biomechanical Demonoid Army

There is no denying that Adam’s Season 4 plans to usher in the apocalypse
were unique. The Initiative’s failed biomechanical demonoid super-soldier
set out to create an army in his image and overrun the world. Adam proved
difficult to beat, even for Buffy. This led the Scoobies to try a vastly new
approach: creating a super Slayer.

The Scoobies perform an enjoining spell to give Buffy their combined
abilities and save the world in a nifty showdown with Adam. Adam’s plan was
good, but even if Buffy failed, the end of the world seemed unlikely. It
would not have been long before the military stepped in and possibly even
wiped Sunnydale off the map to stop Adam’s army.


8
The Sisterhood Of Jhe Tries To Open The Hellmouth

Season 3’s "The Zeppo" was a Xander-centric episode that featured a pending
apocalypse in the background. This time, the demonic Sisterhood of Jhe
sought to open the Hellmouth. Because the narrative followed Xander, who
wasn’t involved in this apocalypse, viewers never see the whole thing go
down.

From the way the Scoobies looked the next day, it was a tough battle. Throw
in werewolf Oz on the loose and it was a difficult night. It took the full
force of Buffy, Angel, Faith, Willow, and Giles to stop the Sisterhood and
contain Oz. Despite this, the Sisterhood of Jhe got impressively far. They
even released the Hellmouth spawn not seen since "Prophecy Girl."


7
Angelus, Drusilla, And Spike Try Using The Judge To Unleash Armageddon

In honor of Drusilla’s return to health, Spike reassembled the legendary
Judge. This demonic being arrived in the 14th century to wipe out the
righteous by literally burning the humanity out of them. Armies tried to
stop him, but no weapon forged could kill the Judge. So, he was dismembered.
With the Judge now intact, Spike, Drusilla, and the newly arrived Angelus
planned to destroy the world.

To avert this apocalypse, the Scoobies did some clever thinking. This
involved using Xander’s military skills to obtain a rocket launcher. This
demonstrated a long-term benefit of the "Halloween" episode. Buffy
confronted the Judge with the rocket launcher, proving modern weapons could
destroy him while saving the day.


6
Season 3 Big Bad Mayor Richard Wilkins planned to ascend into the giant
snake-like Old One, Olvikan.

A previous Ascension was only stopped by a volcano eruption that killed the
beast. This inspired the Scoobies’ to blow up Sunnydale High when the Mayor
ascended at graduation. The threat of Olvikan was nothing to take lightly as
noted by Anya before she fled Sunnydale.

There is no denying the Mayor's plan was solid. Still, the destruction of
the earth by one Old One seems unrealistic. Had Buffy failed, there would
have been many other obstacles, including the military. Some wonder why the
Mayor did not just open the Hellmouth, releasing many Old Ones.


5
The Master Opens The Hellmouth To Free The Old Ones

Many have tried to start an apocalypse with the Hellmouth, but no attempt is
as memorable as the Master’s. During the Season 1 finale, the Scoobies’
fought to stop their first apocalypse and the Master almost achieved his
goal. After drinking Buffy’s blood he left her for dead and escaped his
prison.


From the Sunnydale High rooftop, the Master watched for the portal to open
and the Old Ones, the original pure demons, to again walk the earth. Except,
his apocalypse did not get that far. With some CPR, Cordelia’s car, and a
lot of weapons, the Scoobies beat back the vampire army and the Hellmouth
spawn. Buffy, meanwhile, destroyed the Master.


4
The First Plans To Take Over The World

Originally appearing in Season 3, the First Evil returned in Season 7 to
destroy the world. Rather than wait for the First and its army of Harbingers
of Death and uber vampires to make a move, Buffy brought the fight to the
Hellmouth. The First had the Scoobies on the ropes and Anya and Spike
(temporarily) even bit the dust. But, even if it had won the Hellmouth
battle, the First’s apocalypse would likely have been difficult to achieve.

Even without Slayers, the world was teeming with superpowered champions.
Buffy had Angel and his team waiting for the First in L.A. should it get
that far. The Powers That Be, though an Angel concept, would arguably also
intervene if they felt threatened.


3
Few apocalypses were as heartbreaking as Angelus awakening the demon Acathla
in in Season 2.

This opened a portal that began sucking the world into hell. The portal
opened considerably slowly, however, giving Buffy and Angelus time to fight
and Willow time to restore his soul.

Eventually, Buffy killed Angel to close the portal, which had barely opened.
Despite the portal’s slow nature, Angelus’ plan would have worked if it had
gone undetected. While the threat itself resulted in no harm to the world,
the personal suffering and consequences experienced by Buffy and Angel make
this one for the books.

Within minutes of deciding to end the world, Willow was at Kingman’s Bluff
unearthing Proserpexa's effigy. Fueled by her grief over Tara’s death and,
thanks to Giles, her connection to humanity's suffering, Willow planned to
burn the world to a cinder. Any real threat to this plan was already taken
out of commission, including Buffy and Giles. Xander was the one who saved
the day, demonstrating how close the world truly was to being finished.

Willow’s plan, though spontaneous, was direct and, barring Xander,
efficient. In fact, part of the reason Willow would have been successful is
that her decision to destroy the world was so quick. The Scoobies weren’t
expecting it and had little reaction time.


2
Willow Drains The World’s Of Its Life Energy

Within minutes of deciding to end the world, Willow was at Kingman’s Bluff
unearthing Proserpexa's effigy. Fueled by her grief over Tara’s death and,
thanks to Giles, her connection to humanity's suffering, Willow planned to
burn the world to a cinder. Any real threat to this plan was already taken
out of commission, including Buffy and Giles. Xander was the one who saved
the day, demonstrating how close the world truly was to being finished.

Willow’s plan, though spontaneous, was direct and, barring Xander,
efficient. In fact, part of the reason Willow would have been successful is
that her decision to destroy the world was so quick. The Scoobies weren’t
expecting it and had little reaction time.


1
Glory Tries To Go Home Causing Dimensions To Bleed Together

When it comes to apocalypses, the hell god Glorificus is the one to beat.
After being expelled from her dimension, Glory was reborn in a human body.
To get home, she needed to open a portal by sacrificing the key, which had
been transformed into Buffy’s sister, Dawn. However, opening this portal
would cause all dimensions to bleed together, destroying Earth, until the
key died.

Glory eventually captured Dawn and the ritual started. The portal opened and
an apocalypse that would have swiftly ended the entire world started. No
foreseeable force could have stopped it. Realizing Dawn’s blood—and
therefore her own—could close the portal, Buffy sacrificed herself. This put
a blunt end to the apocalypse, which had already caused more damage than any
before it.


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