Yet Another Halloween Fic
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|Related:||Xander Harris, Superhero AU|
|See Also:||Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
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Halloween fics are episode related AU fics set during the season 2 Halloween episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These fics became so common that they got their own acronym in fandom, YAHF or Yet Another Halloween Fic.
In the episode, Ethan Rayne's spell causes everyone to transform into their costume characters. If the spell isn't broken by sunrise, the teenagers are permanently transformed. In canon the spell was broken and the memories and skills retained by characters varied.
In fanfiction, YAHF's often involve characters having different costumes to those presented in canon. This made this AU scenario very popular for crossover fics.
In some YAHF works the spell was not broken and the transformations become permanent.
YAHFs are sometimes considered badfics. Some early works were overly reliant on the events and/or dialogue in canon, and did not diverge much from canon. Many YAHFs were Xander-centric. Some of these overlapped with Xander specific tropes, such as Xander gets powers or Xander is special. Some fans disliked these tropes as they felt Xander became a Gary Stu character.
- I Am What I Am by M. McGregor, (2005 or earlier)
- Ethan Rayne's Very Bad Day by Vathara, Ethan's Halloween costume chaos... backfires. Multiple crossover, Rurouni Kenshin, Inuyasha, and Pet Shop of Horrors among others. Many others. Be afraid... (2005)
- Halloween World by spaceman, Halloween Fic. The Halloween spell goes too far. It doesn't change a town for a night, it changed the entire world forever. Includes a huge amount of crossovers particularly with anime fandoms, and went on to inspire fic. See all Hallow-verse fics (2007 - 2008)
- The Rules of a Buffy YAHF by TroyGuffey, 2009