Buffy: "It's about power: who's got it, who knows how to use it."

Dawn: "Well, I've got the stake."
Buffy: "The stake is not the power."
Dawn: "But he's new. He doesn't know his strength. He might not know all those fancy martial arts skills they inevitably seem to pick up."
Buffy: "Who's got the power?"
Dawn: "He does."

Buffy: "Little woman."
Dawn: "I'm taller than you!"

Vampire: "Excuse me... I think I'm stuck."
Buffy: "You're stuck?"
Vampire: "My foot's caught on a root or something. I don't even know how I got down there. If you girls could just give me a hand."
Dawn: "So he's got the power?"
Buffy: "Zip it."

Buffy: "It's real. It's the only lesson, Dawn. It's always real."

Dawn: "Plus, I had a plan the whole time."
Buffy: "Really?"
Dawn: "Yeah, I planned to get killed, come back as a vampire, and bite you."

Dawn: "I nearly got the heart."
Buffy: "My first time out, I missed the heart, too."
Dawn: "No way."
Buffy: "Just the once."

Willow: "Is there anything you don't know everything about?"
Giles: "Synchronized swimming. Complete mystery to me."

Giles: "You brought it through the earth?"
Willow: "It's all connected. The root system, the molecules, the energy. Everything's connected."

Willow: "When you brought me here, I thought it was to kill me. Or to lock me in some mystical dungeon for all eternity here, with the torture. Instead you go all Dumbledore on me. I'm learning about magick, all about energy and Gaia and root systems."
Giles: "Do you want to be punished?"
Willow: "I want to be Willow."
Giles: "You are. In the end, we all are who we are, no matter how much we may appear to have changed."

Buffy: "You're going to be late."
Dawn: "I'm comfortable with that."

Xander: "How exactly do you make cereal?"
Buffy: "Ah. You put the box near the milk. I saw it on the Food Channel."

Xander: "How are you?"
Buffy: "My sister's about to go the same high school that tried to kill me for three years. I can't change districts, I can't afford private school, and I can't begin to prepare for what could possible come out of there. So... peachy with a side of keen, that would be me."

Dawn: "Hey. Check out Double-O Xander."

Xander: "There are no pentagrams, no secret passageways. Everything's up to code and safe as houses."
Buffy: "Nothing creepy? Strange? From beyond?"
Dawn: "Maybe you're just paranoid?"

Dawn: "So the principal's evil?"
Buffy: "Or in a boatload of danger."
Xander: "Well, the last two principals were eaten. Who'd even apply for that job?"

Buffy: "Do you have everything? Books? Lunch? Stakes?"

Buffy: "Now remember, if you see anything strange or, you know... dead."
Dawn: "I got it."
Buffy: "And stay away from hyena people or any lizardy-type athletes. Or if you see anyone that's invisible - "
Dawn: "Hey, Buffy, I think it's pretty safe to say I'm not going to see anybody that's invisible."
Buffy: "You know, you could still drop out. Only nerds finish high school.'

Buffy: "So you're the new principal. I expected you to be more... aged."
Wood: "You seem a bit young to have such a grown-up daughter."
Buffy: "No! Uh, no. Sister."
Wood: "Oh, right. Of course."
Buffy: "You didn't really think she's my... it's my hair. I have mom hair."

Buffy: "That was suspicious."

Dawn: "I know! You never know what's coming, the stake is not the power, To Serve Man is a cookbook. I love you. Go away!"

Buffy: "It's not mom hair."

Buffy: "Dawn!"
Dawn: "What?"
Buffy: "We have to go. It's not safe."
Dawn: "But..."
Buffy: "We... I mean, I saw..."
Mr. Lonegrin: "Can I help you?"
Buffy: "No. I... Dawn, I just thought you were in danger... of smoking... I'll be around."
Dawn: "I also have a sister."

Halfrek: "D'Hoffryn, the Lower Beings... they're all feeling the heat. Something's rising - something older than the Old Ones - and everybody's tail is twitching. This is a bad time to be a good guy."

Xander: "So zombies or ghosts?"
Buffy: "I'm not sure. They were in the mirror but they disappeared. But they touched me... I think. Let's just start with dead and pissed."

Xander: "No damage, though?"
Buffy: "I think I may have destroyed Dawn's social life in all of about thirty seconds but apart from that, no."
Xander: "Ah, being popular isn't so great. Or so I've read in books."

Student: "Guess it runs in the family."

Willow: "I felt the earth. It's all connected, it is. But it's not all good and pure and rootsy. There's deep... deep black. I saw... I saw the earth, Giles. I saw its teeth."
Giles: "The Hellmouth."
Willow: "It's going to open. It's going to swallow us all."

Wood: "The school board recommended I spend a little time reading your record. It's... quite a page-turner. Kind of a checkered past."
Buffy: "More like a plaid. Kind of a clan tartan of badness, really. But there were factors."

Girl: "I tried to scream. Doesn't matter how much you scream. Nobody ever hears you."

Wood: "Well, it's clear your sister looks up to you, which I think is great - "
Buffy: "No, she's much, much worse than me. Trouble Maker. Expulsion is really the only way to go. Or you could suspend her for three years."

Janitor: "You're too late. But then you're always too late, aren't you? Sure as hell didn't save me."
Buffy: "Where's my sister?"
Janitor: "I think she's lost."
Buffy: "If I'm the one who let you die, why take it out on her? I'm right here. Come on. What are you after? Fear? Revenge? Tasty brains?"
Guy: "I think I'd like Dawn to be my girlfriend."
Buffy: "Again, wrong sister. I'm the one that dates dead guys. And no offense but they were hotties. I mean, I'm sure you had a great personality..."

Buffy: "If at first you don't succeed... cheat."

Buffy: "Spike? Are you real?"
Spike: "Buffy... duck."
Buffy: "What? Duck? There's a duck?"
Spike: "No visitors today. Terribly busy."

Spike: "Nobody comes in here. It's just the three of us."

Buffy: "What did you do?"
Spike: "I tried... I tried to cut it out."

Dawn: "What do they want?"
Buffy: "So far, to piss me off."
Dawn: "Please tell me it's working."

Buffy: "Spike, you gonna help me out?"
Spike: "This is my home. I belong here. Always been here. Cheers for stopping by. It's in the wall."
Buffy: "I'll... get back to you."

Xander: "Whoa! Contracty goodness!"

Carlos: "Are they gone?"
Buffy: "Yeah. The talisman must've been destroyed."
Dawn: "How'd you know it was a talisman?"
Buffy: "There's always a talisman. The real question is who put it there?"

Carlos: "You are the coolest mom ever!

Wood: "Curiouser and curiouser."

Wood: "We've got a lot of troubled students in here and just enough money to keep this place from caving in."
Buffy: "Yeah, you might need a little extra there."

Wood: "Look at that. It's not even noon and I've already bullied my first family member into helping out. I'm going to be the best principal ever."

Spike: "The thing is... I had a speech. I learned it all. Oh, god. She won't understand. She won't understand."
Warren: "Of course she won't understand, Sparky. I'm beyond her understanding. She's a girl. Sugar and spice and everything... useless. Unless you're baking. I'm more than flesh."
Glory: "More than blood. I'm... you know, I honestly don't think there's a human word fabulous enough for me. Oh, my name will be on everyone's lips... assuming their lips haven't been torn off. But not just yet. That's all right, though."
Adam: "I can be patient. Everything is well within parameters. She's exactly where I want her to be. And so are you, Number 17. You're right where you belong."
Wilkins: "So what'd you think? You'd get your soul back and everything would be Jim Dandy? A soul's slipperier than a greased weasel. Why do you think I sold mine? Well, you probably thought that you'd be your own man and I respect that. But you never will."
Drusilla: "You'll always be mine. You'll always be in the dark with me, singing our little songs. You like our little songs, don't you? You've always liked them, right from the beginning. And that's where we're going."
Master: "Right back to the beginning. Not the Bang, not the Word. The true beginning. The next few months are going to be quite a ride and I think we're all going to learn something about ourselves in the process. You'll learn you're a pathetic schmuck... if it hasn't sunk in already. Look at you. Tried to do what's right. Just like her. You still don't get it. It's not about right. Not about wrong."
Buffy: "It's about power."

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