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    18 Times "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Made You Ugly Cry

    Grab Mr. Pointy and some ice cream and get ready to cry.

    1. When Buffy finds her mother dead on the couch.

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    “You’re not supposed to touch the body!”

    Why You'll Cry: Joss Whedon likes to break your heart until you need to lay down and eat ice cream... and then stab you in the gut with the Slayer Scythe while you're too busy crying to notice you're being stabbed. That's what this scene is.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: 10–24 hours.

    2. When Anya walks down the aisle... alone.

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    “I, Anya, promise to love you, to cherish you, to honor you, ah, but NOT to obey you, of course, because that's anachronistic and misogynistic and who you do you think you are, like a sea captain o-or something?”


    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: A solid 48 hours. But you still won't ever fully forgive Xander.

    3. Tara getting shot by Warren.

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    “Your shirt.”

    Why You'll Cry: Because you aren’t a robot devoid of emotions and Tara and Willow were arguably one of the best couples on television and Amber Benson can break your heart with just one line.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: You will literally never recover from this heartbreak. Your world will come crashing down.

    4. Angel getting his soul back, right before Buffy has to kill him.

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    “Close your eyes.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Willow does her job and gives Angel his soul back after spending nearly the entire season without his soul (and tormenting Buffy) — but it’s too late because everything is always terrible for everyone on this show.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: A whole summer.

    5. Buffy finally telling Spike she loves him.

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    “No you don't. But thanks for saying it.”

    Why You’ll Cry: It took her quite sometime, but Buffy finally tells Spike she loves him moments before he dies saving The Scoobies and closing the hellmouth.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: However long it takes you to get to Season 5, Episode 1 of Angel.

    6. The speech Giles gives Buffy after she asks him to lie to her.

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    “No one ever dies and everybody lives happily ever after.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Giles is the greatest watcher dad ever.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: One hour.

    7. The Scoobies standing up to Tara’s family.

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    “There's no demon in there. That's just a family legend, am I right? Just a bit of spin to keep the ladies in line? Huh, you're a piece of work. I like you.”

    Why You’ll Cry: This ending perfectly encompasses the adorable friend-family The Scoobies had become by Season 5.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: Two hours.

    8. When Oz leaves.

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    “The wolf is inside me all the time. And I don't know where the line is anymore, between me and it. Until I figure out what that means, I shouldn't be around you. Or anybody.”

    Why You’ll Cry: When Willow cries, we all cry.

    How Long It’ll Take You To Recover: Until Tara shows up.

    9. When Xander stops Willow from destroying the world.


    “The first day of kindergarten, you cried because you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Because you have a lot of feelings, and even though he left Anya at the altar, you still love Xander’s relationship with Willow.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: Never. “Yellow crayon” will become a trigger phrase for you.

    10. Buffy and Angel’s last dance.

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    “I'm trying to do what's right here, OK? I'm trying to think with my head instead of my heart.”

    Why You’ll Cry: This is literally their final dance together.

    How Long It’ll Take You To Recover: “Wild Horses” by The Sundays will still make you feel feelings, no matter what.

    11. Anya’s speech about Joyce’s death.

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    “…and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Because if you don’t, you might as well be a soulless Big Bad.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: You will cry about this forever — even when you write a BuzzFeed post about it 7,897 years after it happened.

    12. When Buffy tells Giles she doesn’t want to die.

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    “I don't care! I don't care. Giles I'm 16 years old, I don't wanna die.”

    Why You’ll Cry: It’s one of the realest moments of the first season. It’s one of the first times we see how young our hero is and how vulnerable she can be.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: Until the end of the episode when Buffy gets her semi-happy ending.

    13. When Buffy sacrifices herself to save Dawn.

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    “…the hardest thing in this world... is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.”


    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: Until the end of Season 6.

    14. When Willow picks Tara over Oz.

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    “No, I-I understand. You have to be with the person you l-love.”


    How Long It’ll Take You To Recover: As soon as the credits roll, you’ll smile through your tears.

    15. Anya becoming a casualty of war in the finale.

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    “That's my girl. Always doing the stupid thing.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Because Anya is your favorite character due to the flawless one-two punch of Emma Caulfield’s acting and Joss Whedon’s everything else. She deserved so much better.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: Five–eight months.

    16. When everyone leaves and Michelle Branch is playing.

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    “One-way ticket to London, and out of this engagement!”

    Why You’ll Cry: The combination of watching The Scoobies all being SAD AS FUCK and Michelle Branch’s “Goodbye to You” is enough to shatter your Buffy-coated heart.

    How Long It’ll Take You To Recover: You’ll think you’ve recovered when Tara and Willow finally get back together…

    17. When Spike consoles Buffy instead of getting revenge on her.

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    “I don't wanna talk about it.”

    Why You’ll Cry: Spike goes from blind rage to comforting Buffy in a matter of seconds and the silence of the scene is really beautiful.

    How Long It’ll take You To Recover: It depends on which Buffy pairing is your OTP.

    18. When Buffy receives her Class Protector award.

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    “We have one more award to give out. Is Buffy Summers here tonight?”

    Why You’ll Cry: Buffy is finally fucking recognized for being the superhero she is.

    How Long It’ll Take You To Recover: Seeing an umbrella will never not make you think of this.

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