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    One of the things that makes Buffy special in my eyes is the show's ability to make fun of itself. I always thought it was rather brave for the show to admit it had its bad moments, and one of the best examples of this would be running jokes, which are hilarious yet easy to spot. Most of the time they follow a formula:

    1. There is a recurring event in the course of an arc or in the early seasons that occurs many times, and each time we see it, it's treated as a serious plot event.
    2. Later, the characters (and the audience) share major yuks at these instances of bad writing (or in their eyes, funny coincidence).

    Some of my favorites are:

    Giles getting knocked out - From Witch through Prophecy Girl to Revelations, he always seems to be getting hit in the head and knocked unconscious. Then in Buffy vs Dracula, he gets to share a snarky comment in Dracula's pit of concubines about how at least he didn't get knocked out.

    Xander having all the very humiliating supernatural things happen to him - Teacher's Pet, BB&B, the "funny syphilis," having to eat bugs for Dracula - and finally saying "I'm sick of being everybody's butt monkey!", after which he's immediately made fun of by Buffy and two episodes later has to do more embarrassing things to prove he's himself. Then in Get It Done we look back on this with nostalgia... "Every time instructions get cryptic, someone gets hurt - usually me."

    Dawn getting kidnapped - Harmony, Glory, Justin (in a way), and finally when she's taken by Sweet, Buffy's had enough: "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday." (And that wasn't arbitrary either; a little fourth-wall reference to how the show aired on Tuesdays.)

    What are your favorite running jokes of the series? What else have you spotted over the years of the gang making fun of their past adventures?
    Buffy: It sounds like it's difficult for you. Maybe your sister makes it hard for you to establish your own identity. You said she's controlling, she doesn't let you make your own decisions -
    Dawn: Yeah, and she borrows my clothes without asking.

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    The two that spring to mind are the universe of shrinp which crops up not just on buffy but also on angel as well and anya's fear of bunnies.

    As for the show managing not to take itself seriously you would pretty much need to just point at the zeppo.
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    • #3
      I too, love the bunnies

      Another that springs to mind is the way that Willow dresses. She always looks like some type of mis-matched gypsy or like a little goofy kid. Then in Wild at Heart? she askes Buffy why she didn't tell her that her shirt looked like a big birthday cake, and Buffy's like 'I thought that was the point?' And then later in the Body Willow herself is crying about Joyce and asks Tara 'why do all of my clothes have to have stupid things on them?' I always found that comical.

      Another that is such a scream is in Killed by Death when Buffy is in the hospital and Cordy says 'oh good, while she's in there she should have that 'thing' removed from her face...you've all noticed, that right, that 'thing'. Meanwhile her birthmark is totally not covered up and her profile is to the camera...THAT was great!
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      • #4
        The world without shrimp was definitely my favorite reoccurring Joke i found that absolutely hilarious
        "So I'm wondering, do the other cookie animals feel sort of ripped? Like, is the hippo going, "Hey, man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity." And you know, the monkey's just, "I mock you with my monkey pants!" And then there's a big coup in the zoo." -- Oz!

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        • #5
          These probably aren't considered running jokes but when they would refer to the Hyena episode. Willow usually is the one referring back to it. She'll say "they weren't acting like hyenas were they because that's just unpleasant." Also the invisible girl. In the episode in season 6 where Buffy was turned invisible Xander says to her "wait a minute, have you been feeling a little ignored lately?" while they were in the Magic Box. Then in season 7 it's referred to again when the hell mouth goes all wonky. Buffy slaps the girl in the face (which by the way if a counselor at my school slapped me in the face, they would get the beat down of their life ) and the girl is like you notice me. That's all I got for now there's probably more things but I can't think right now.

          Another that is such a scream is in Killed by Death when Buffy is in the hospital and Cordy says 'oh good, while she's in there she should have that 'thing' removed from her face...you've all noticed, that right, that 'thing'. Meanwhile her birthmark is totally not covered up and her profile is to the camera...THAT was great!
          What is the thing?!!!! I just watched it and Cordy says it while they're in the hallway so you don't actually see Buffy. I still don't know what the thing on her face is because I can't see what they're talking about. Maybe I've been oblivious throughout the entire series because I've never noticed a birthmark on Sarah's face.
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          • #6
            ^ well, Sarah does have a small lump on her chin, but I'm talking about Charisma's birthmark on her right cheek...on BTVS they always covered it up with makeup, but they didn't in that scene...Charisma's birthmark is so much more noticeable than Sarah's small whatever it is on her chin. And THAT's what they were making fun of in that scene - Charisma's birthmark...I think there was probably internet chat going on about it, since they always covered it up, people were probably asking 'what is that thing on Cordy's face'...I thought it was a great self-joke on Charisma's part!

            In ATS they stopped covering up Charisma's birthmark...
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            • #7
              Okay! That makes sense now that I know we were talking about Charisma. As I was watching I noticed the birthmark on Charisma but I still was confused, I'm like Sarah has nothing on her face! What are they talking about? I think the bump on Sarah's chin is like a zit that never goes away. You know the one where you can squeeze it and pop it all you want but it still comes back. Those piss me off to no degree!
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              • #8
                I always found the show's ability just in and of itself to poke fun at past plot lines to be very endearing.

                One of the moments I was most amused by was in Tabula Rasa, I believe. Spike starts yammering on about how he must be a redeemed vampire, "A vampire with a soul. Quite poetic if you think about it." Close enough for a quote....

                As to the reoccurring...

                Anya's bunnies and Willow's frog fear are the things that leap out. Characters with foibles are a lot more interesting to watch over time.

                Loved it when even amnesiac Anya ended up on a table as she conjured bunny, after bunny, in Tabula Rasa.

                Guess someone mentioned the bunny thing already though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by holypotatoes View Post
                  Also the invisible girl. In the episode in season 6 where Buffy was turned invisible Xander says to her "wait a minute, have you been feeling a little ignored lately?" while they were in the Magic Box. Then in season 7 it's referred to again when the hell mouth goes all wonky. Buffy slaps the girl in the face (which by the way if a counselor at my school slapped me in the face, they would get the beat down of their life ) and the girl is like you notice me. That's all I got for now there's probably more things but I can't think right now.
                  Buffy also tells Dawn on her first day that if she sees anybody invisible, at which Dawn interrupts saying, ''It's pretty safe to say I'm not going to see anybody invisible''

                  I love how mainly Xander's past loves are sprung up through the series. Especially Natalie French, Sunnydale's own Lady Praying Mantis and also the Inca Mummy.

                  I also love the Bunny fear as said above

                  And I like the Passion's comments throught the later Seasons with Spike, and also Joyce and how that often crops up...

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                  • #10
                    One of my favorite running jokes in the series is apocalypses! They've had so many! In "The Gift" Buffy says "How many apocalypses is this? Five?" or something like that. In "Doomed", when Giles says there is an apocalypse, Willow, Xander, and Buffy say in unison, "AGAIN!?" I thought that was great!

                    ROFL! I also love the one in "Killed By Death"! "You know, that 'thing'?" That's great!

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                    • #11
                      My favorite recurring joke is how the scooby never remember Andrew's name...so funny
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