For most Buffy fans, Xander Harris will always be the nerd teenager who became the killer’s friend and most trusted companion. Now, he̵7;s a monster.
For the vast majority Buffy the Vampire Slayer the fan, Xander Harris will always be the nerd teenager who became the killer’s friend and most trusted companion. Whether they know him only through the TV series or even the next TV series and comic series, Xander is still a loyal, lovable guy. However, in Buffy Comics start in 2019, assuming Xander isn’t quite the same.
Modern-day Xander is just starting out as a typical nerd – this time, using today’s technology to vent his personal and social problems online as a blogger under the name @theXeppo – and he was still friends with Willow Rosenberg when the series began, but his life took a very different path from the character we saw on TV.
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Xander and Willow fan favorite fusion of course became friends with Buffy Summers – their friendship begins when the killer saves them from a vampire after a late supper at the food restaurant Tunaverse fast – but their Friendship goes dark quite quickly as Xander’s life changes forever.
At the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 4 by Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora, Xander encounters Drusilla – the vampire brilliantly played by Juliet Landau on the small screen – and in Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 5 by Jordie Bellaire and David López, revealing that he was indeed bitten by her.
Drusilla’s intention was to let him die, but the bleached blonde Spike instead gave Xander some of his blood in an attempt to turn him into a vampire, believing that the killer friend would turn out to be. Scoobies dangerous foes – but both are not sick initially get to their wishes.
After the vampires discarded Xander’s body in front of Rupert Giles’s house, Scoobie Gang must work to save their dear friend. They acquire a magical artifact called Anima Colligationem – a “soul stone” that can bring back Xander’s soul.
With the help of a demon named Siphon – as well as the sacrifice of half Willow’s soul – Xander is reunited and becomes a half vampire. He is still the old Xander – to the point of being able to return to school – but given the physical properties of a creature of darkness (minus the weak point to sunlight, it’s convenient, at least !). After that, he used his new powers to fight alongside his friends on the good side. However, that was not the end of Xander’s journey.
During a battle that takes place between Scoobies and a group of men controlled by a man known as Mother of Hell – a battle occurs during Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 12 by Jordie Bellaire and David López – it is revealed that only Willow’s magical powers can stop them. Unfortunately, Willow is nearly consumed by his own powers. The bond of her soul caused her to struggle between the two worlds and only Xander could reverse its effects.
Xander then sacrificed his soul for her and appeared to be gone. But while friends grieve for him, he has truly become an all-round vampire, just as Spike would like, and underneath Sunnydale becomes the leader of a large group of demons and co.
Xander’s revelation of the vampire nature appears in subsequent issues, and he’s been a thorn in the Scoobies faction ever since. He recently unleashed his evil on Sunnydale, with only Buffy, Willow and Scoobies getting in his way – and that’s where the series is now – with Xander Harris being a major zombie threat.
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