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Okay, WWBD. What would Buffy do? Huh?

Ed Zeddmore, 1.17 Hell House

When Supernatural started, comparisons to the successful Joss Whedon shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were inevitable. Like them, Supernatural featured ordinary people fighting the supernatural. It was also airing on The WB where Buffy had started and Angel had aired until it finished in 2003. An early review of the "Pilot" described Supernatural as "X-Files meets the OC, meets Buffy type show from the WB."

Supernatural certainly attracted many viewers who had also been fans of the Whedon show. This can particularly be seen in Supernatural/Buffy crossover fanworks, like the pairing of Dean with the rogue slayer Faith.

Buffy fandom invented the term Jossed - to be jossed is to have fan theories or events in Fanfic be invalidated by new canon in the show. By contrast Kripked was a term coined in Supernatural fandom to refer to having fan theories supported by canon. See also Fan Fic Cliches.

The most significant crossover between the series is Ben Edlund. Ben started working with Joss on Firefly before moving to Angel for the last couple of seasons. He wrote and directed the Hugo-nominated episode "Smile Time," aka the one where Angel gets turned into a puppet. Keith R.A. DeCandido has written tie-in novels for both Supernatural and Buffy.

Supernatural is set in in a world where Buffy exists as a TV show, as we find out when Ghostfacer Ed Zeddmore references it in 1.17 Hell House.

Eric Kripke said of Buffy:

I loved ‘Hush’ and ‘Once More, With Feeling,’ but overall, Buffy really taught me about effectively using metaphor in genre. For Buffy, it was ‘high school is hell (literally),’ and Joss Whedon did such a masterful job of grounding his horror and fantasy concepts in this notion, and ultimately telling allegories about high school, which turned what could’ve been B-Movie material into an all-time classic. I used that same philosophy on my run of Supernatural, with the mantra ‘family is hell (literally),’ and always grounded my horror episodes around the notion of families, to the show’s benefit. So thanks, Joss Whedon. I owe you a beer. (Credit: The WB)

Many actors from Buffy and Angel have appeared on Supernatural -- the first were Amy Acker, who appeared in 1.03 Dead in the Water, and Julie Benz, who was in 1.12 Faith. Following Amber Benson's appearance as Lenore in 2007, EP Bob Singer said "I thought Buffy had a great cast, and we used Amber Benson. I’d like to get Spike [James Marsters] on our show. I never thought I would particularly like Buffy, but my wife got me hooked on it, and I was hooked on him. Plus, that series was so well written. It was so smart." (Source) Bob got his wish when James Marsters appeared with Charisma Carpenter in the episode 7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil.

Other Whedon alumni who have appeared on Supernatural include:

Actor/Actress Role on Supernatural Role in Whedonverse Whedonverse Show
Jeffrey Dean Morgan John Winchester Sam Ryan Angel
Robert Peters Deputy Hein Arney Angel
Amy Acker Andrea Barr Winifred Burkle / Illyria Angel
Kristin Richardson Jenny Tracy Bellows Angel
Julie Benz Layla Rourke Darla Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Megalyn Echikunwoke Cassie Robinson Vaughne Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ridge Canipe Young Dean Winchester Tommy Angel
Chad Lindberg Ash David Kirby Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Amber Benson Lenore Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Annie Wersching Susan Thompson Margaret Angel
David Monahan Father Thomas Gregory Garrett Angel
Jeff Kober Randall Zachary Kralik and Rack Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Aldis Hodge Jake Talley Masked Teen Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mercedes McNab Lucy Harmony Kendall Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Aimee Garcia Nancy Fitzgerald Cynthia York Angel
Brittany Ishibashi Maggie Zeddmore Vivian Angel
Todd Stashwick Dracula Vocah (Angel) and M'Fashnik Demon (Buffy) Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Jack Conley Sheriff Al Britton Gib Cain (Buffy) and Sahjhan (Angel) Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
David Mattey Luther Garland Behemoth Lorne Angel
Mark Rolston Alastair Boone Angel
Bradley Stryker Ted and Tony Talky Meat Angel
John Rubenstein Charlie the Magician Linwood Murrow Angel
Rob Benedict Chuck Shurley Jape Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Jack Plotnick Ian Johnston Deputy Mayor Allan Finch Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Charisma Carpenter Maggie Stark Cordelia Chase/Prima Ballerina/Jasmine Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
James Marsters Don Stark Spike/The First Evil Buffy the Vampire Slayerand Angel
Henri Lubatti Bobby's Reaper Dealer Vampire Angel
Harry Groener Professor Morrison Mayor Richard Wilkins/The First Evil Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bryan Cuprill George Roy Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Felicia Day Charlene Bradbury Vi Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tamara Braun Cindy Cassity Tara Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Treva Etienne Tamiel Emil Angel
Brigid Brannagh Rita Johnson Virginia Bryce Angel
Keith Szarabajka Donatello Redfield Daniel Holtz Angel

David Haydn-Jones

Arthur Ketch Hobson Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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