old-age: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Anya

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Everyone had their favourite Scooby: mine was the sometime vengeance demon Anyanka (Emma Caulfield).

Anyanka was born as the early-Medieval peasant Aud. She was human with a talent for magic. When she transformed her unfaithful husband into a troll her talents were recognised by the demon D’Hoffryn who transformed her into Anyanka the vengeance demon specialising in avenging scorned women.

In the nineteenth century, Anyanka became a close friend , and fierce competitor, of the vengeance demon known as Halfrek, whose specialty was avenging wronged children

Eventually Anyanka arrived in Sunnydale posing as a student named Anya Emerson in 1998 (‘The Wish’) in response to the distress of Cordelia who was upset after catching her boyfriend, Xander Harris, kissing their friend Willow. Havoc ensued when Cordelia said: ‘I wish that Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale.’who caused havoc in the episodes ‘The Wish’ and ‘Doppellgangland’.

She retired from the vengeance demon business to settle in Sunnydale as the socially-less-than-competent human Anya.

In the episode ‘Hell’s Bells’ Anya and Xander were to get married but Xander disappeared. A former victim of Anyanka persuaded Xander that he was really the aged Xander and gaves Xander some glimpses of just how badly his life wouldl turn out if he went ahead with the wedding: hence the progressively older Anya. The demon was revealed but Xander realised that, while it was not his future which he had seen, he had believed that in that future precisely because of his own unresolved issues about the wedding: at the moment when Anya believes everything is okay Xander announces that he needs more time and calls off the wedding.

Rejected by Xander Anya returned briefly to her old profession but was tormented by guilt: she became human again in ‘Selfless’ (at the cost of Halfrek’s life and soul – more guilt) where her backstory was revealed, and went on to die heroically in the final episode.

The makeup

Special makeup effects were created by Harlow FX; Todd McIntosh was makeup supervisor.