Have you ever wanted to know how many vampires Buffy has actually slain? Now you can, thanks to Slayer Stats, an amazing infographic guide to the show.
It took Simon Gerrier and Steve O’Brien months to watch and rewatch (and rewatch again) every single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but their heroic efforts have resulted in one of the coolest and most useful Buffy books in existence.
We’re a big fan of Buffy over here at Hypable, and doubly a fan of Buffy-related books. We’ve reviewed the official grimoire, as well as the uncensored, unauthorized oral history of the show. We even reported on the middle grade book series that’s currently in the works.
Even though the official grimoire is one of my favorite Buffy books to come out of this resurgence of interest in the show, Slayer Stats is a very close second. You don’t even have to crack open the cover to get some awesome statistics about the show — there have been 7 sirings on screen, 161 dustings, and 574 deaths. Buffy herself has killed 132 vampires and there are a whopping 15 episodes in which no one dies.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. The book is fully illustrated with drawings of the characters and helpful diagrams. It’s colorful and organized, and you can either enjoy it from front to back or skip around to your favorite parts of the series.
The book is essentially broken down by character, from those who show up in the most episodes to the least. It starts with Buffy, and then explores various aspects of her character, like the anatomy of a slayer and some of her biggest villains. It then jumps to Willow and magic, then Xander and the trope of “seeing double,” which starts with Xander in “The Replacement” and goes through every character who has ever had a twin of some sort on screen.
This book only has 127 pages, but it’s jam-packed with so much information, I’d be remiss to try to explain everything you’ll find in this book. It’s not just about hard facts, like how many humans Buffy has killed (15), but it also tells you every character’s likes and dislikes and even shows you in which episodes various parts of the Summers house were destroyed.
There’s no narrative to the book, so if you’re looking to sit down and read more about the show, this probably isn’t for you (though I do recommend Slayers & Vampires, the oral history).
However, if you’re looking for a bigger-than-pocket-sized guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you can’t go wrong with Slayer Stats. Whether you’re a superfan or a newbie looking to level up, this infographic guide is the best way to memorize little-known facts about the canon of the show.
In other words, if you just booked a last minute spot to a night of Buffy trivia, then make sure you flip through this on the car ride over. You really can’t go wrong.
And as much as I did enjoy this installment, I would absolutely love to see Gerrier and O’Brien tackle Angel next. There are so many cool demons and weird situations our titular hero finds himself in, that I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a copy of an infographic guide detailing the (original) hero-with-a-soul’s adventures.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 21 years old this year, and though she hasn’t been aging as well as some would hope, ReWatchable Podcast has been having an incredible time going back and reliving every episode, along with Angel.
It took us a little more than a couple months (two and a half years, to be exact), but we’re finally in the home stretch. Make sure you’re listening to our latest episodes as we finish up the series and decide what we’ll discuss next.