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01 April 2010 @ 01:56 pm
Anya/Bunnies Picspam  

Anya/Bunnies is probably one of the most misrepresented and underrepresented pairings in all of the BTVS fandom. Mostly because it deals with the dark side of nature. Theirs is a story that spanned ages, filled with angst, abuse, adoration, and other a-words. This is their tortured story. The story of doomed love, of fluff, of anguish, and most importantly, of finding your own inner strength.


OLAF: (looking around the room) Is it my imagination, or do we have substantially more rabbits in this house today?
ANYA: Oh, they breed so quickly that it's—

ANYA: The rapid reproductive rate of our rabbits...

Their love started out simple enough. Anya, genuinely affectionate towards the bunnies, plays both housekeeper and caregiver for them. They are lost without her. However, as with many relationships, the strain of reproduction becomes too much. We can only assume that more rabbits means more food to feed them and more time to care for them which means less self-time and less money. And as is well documented, the two largest reasons for divorce are money issues and one person feeling the burden of the relationship. Money issues can cause tension, anger, and it can cause once loving partners to lash out physically at each other.


Xander: “That’s your scary costume?”
Anya: “Bunnies frighten me.”
-Fear, Itself

Now we have over a millenia since Anya's unfortunate breakup with the bunnies. We are never really given a cause but if we examine this line from Anya to Xander, we can see that perhaps money issues weren't the only reason for their break up. First the word "bunnies". Bunnies, plural of bunny. Bunny from the order Lagomorpha, the family Leporidae. The second word "frighten". Webster defines "frighten" as to make afraid, to terrify. And lastly "me". In this case, the me refers to the speaker, Anya. So in essence, Anya is terrified of lagomorphs. What could cause her to be so terrified? It isn't until later we recieve more clues as to why.


Anya shrieks as she sees something in another box. Xander comes over to look.
ANYA: God, who, who would put something like that there? Is this supposed to be some sort of sick joke?
She picks it up. It's a small toy bunny.
ANYA: I mean, things aren't bad enough! (pause) This is an omen.
XANDER: Hey, hey, shh. (rubs her shoulders)
ANYA: No, no, it's an omen. It's a higher power, trying to tell me through bunnies that we're all gonna die. Oh god.
-The Gift

Clearly, Anya associates bunnies with a very negative experience, something that a higher power would be priveldged to know. One has to wonder what horrors bunnies put her through during the course of their relationship that would push her to pray to a higher power for help.


ANYA: I've got a theory! It could be bunnies!
ANYA: (shrieking a la Alanis Morissette)
Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes!
They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses!
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
[playing air guitar]
It must be bunnies!
-Once More With Feeling

Now clearly, Anya is fixated on three things about bunnies: legs, noses, and eyes. Bunnies have very powerful back legs that yes, can be used for hopping, but they can also be used for violent kicking. Noses, located right above a group of sharp, pointy teeth. And eyesight, neccessary for finding the perfect places on the body to kick and bite in order to inflict the most damage. From her solo, it is clear that Anya was a victim of bunny on human crime.


ANYA: (reads from book) Bara bara himble gemination.
A bunny suddenly appears on the table in front of Anya. She screams and grabs Giles.

Reveal Anya standing on a chair holding the book close to her face. We see that there are bunnies everywhere: on the floor, the counter, the bookshelves.
ANYA: This book made the little fluffers, and this book's gonna send 'em back. I've got it this time, okay. (reads) 'Himble abri, abri voyon.'
Another bunny appears by Giles's feet.
GILES: Yes, dear.
Anya looks alarmed.

We see that the shop is even more full of bunnies, and also a green cloud that hovers in the air by the ceiling. Anya stands on the round table with her head almost in the green cloud. The bunnies crawl around sniffing the floor.
GILES: Come down, and we will go about fixing this in a sensible fashion!
ANYA: Sensible! You think it's sensible for me to go down into that pit of cotton-top hell, and let them hippity-hop all over my vulnerable flesh?
-Tabula Rasa

Despite the fact that Anya has lost her memory, she retains her muscle memory, that her muscles were abused by bunnies. She even alludes to this fact again by mentioning her vulnerable flesh. The audience sees an even clearer picture of what Anya must have suffered, how the throng of bunnies overwelmed her, hungry for food and attention, their numbers were legion.


ANYA: Oh, God. I'm terrified. I didn't think. I mean, I— I just figured you'd be terrified, and I would be sarcastic about it.
ANDREW: Picture happy things... a lake, candy canes, bunnies.
ANYA: (gets angry) Bunnies! Floppy, hoppy... (holds up her sword, ready to attack) bunnies.

At long last, Anya is able to use the memories of her failed relationship with the bunnies for something positive. She channels her anger, her fear, imagining now that instead of a fluffy soft horde descending upon her, she is attacking them. She raises her sword high and in that moment, perhaps she forgives them. Forgives them for having an overactive sex drive, for being so fertile, for having no choice but to turn on her. Perhaps in her dying moments, she sees a world where everyone has one bunny, who can only reproduce once. And in that world, she will be reunited with her very first bunny, her first love.



Because these picspams keep getting stolen and reposted to Tumblr, I've had to go back and add watermarks to them. I didn't want to but my hand has been forced here. -Kelly, Nov. 10
Current Mood: sillysilly
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Kelly: Buffy: Clem Mom Wowxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you like it, bb. I woke up with the idea and it would not leave me alone.
phantom_queenphantom_queen on April 1st, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's great!
Kelly: ATS: AWC Familyxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I had the idea and I had to do it. :)
petzipellepingo: bunny by fritterspetzipellepingo on April 1st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
"wiggles nose"
Kelly: Cat BFFxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Your icon is way too cute! How can anybody not want to ship bunnies? :)
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Kelly: TB: Pam Sunglassesxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
What? My fanon explanation wasn't enough for you? LOL Come on, it's all right there in the canon if you look. :)
josiefier: dove thin linejosiefier on April 1st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAY!!! Anya = Fave. Buffy. Character. Ever. Don't judge me. Double yay for Tabula Rasa (Ganya girl for life) :DDD
Kelly: VM: Be Coolxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Anya, sfm so no judging here. She was always so entertaining and she got some of the best lines.

I'm Anya/Bunnies all the way though. ;)
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Kelly: C/A Convergencexlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
First, thanks for commenting on my picspam but your other comment is really bothering me.

This is MY journal and I'm entitled to express my love for my pairing as I see fit, which happens to be in my header. My header has nothing to do with this picspam and if you really were THAT offended, you could have viewed it in your own style. I think it is so rude to come to someone's journal and post such a irrelevant comment. If a television show forces you to drink, you dislike a pairing that much, perhaps you should seek some professional help.

If you want to rant, please stick to ranting in your own LJ. And maybe you should consider that since LJ is a community, and fandom is open to all sorts of pairings, you are going to run into people who like pairings you don't. Maybe instead of ranting in their personal LJs, you should embrace the fact that you found someone that shares the same fandom as you, and that should be celebrated. Focus on the good sames, instead of the differences.

Frankly, if this is the way you treat a stranger and their LJ, I would be more than happy if you never came to my LJ again.
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Kelly: ATS: Queen C Doesn't Approvexlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the apology but first off, I don't know you so 'debating' with me by stating you have to get drunk to get through seasons, doesn't seem like a 'debate' to me. Maybe that is just your style, to put down another ship, I don't know.

Second, this post had shit all to do with C/A. It was about Anya/Bunnies and was done all in good fun.

Again, I would caution you against just randomly 'debating' people in their personal LJs. I have a ton of people on my flist that ship pairings I feel lukewarm towards. I would never go and insult their headers or even be offended by what is a very simple header. It's not like I had some NSFW C/A fucking header here. Or anything that would prompt your original comment.

If you want people to respect you and respect the pairings you like, you should show them the same courtesy, you know? Fandom is a hobby, it's for fun, it's not srs bsns. Nobody started a world war because of A vs B pairing. And if someone likes A, you are never going to convince them to like B. Just accept it and realize everyone is different, and everything everyone likes is cool (especially if it's Anya/Bunnies).

And again, I'm very concerned if you were serious about having to get drunk to watch a TELEVISION SHOW. I mean, that worries me on a very profound level. I don't know you but I worry for your personal health and safety if you have to turn to alcohol over fiction.
Nikki: xfiles: scully does not approvenikkiwawa79 on April 1st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I don't mean to butt in, but is it really necessary to come in someone's journal and practically bash their banner because it's Cordy/Angel? This is a picspam about Anya/Bunnies so I don't understand why you even mentioned Cordy/Angel. Then, say you will never come back here because of it? Really? My mind is TOTALLY blown. I really think this is just so out of hand and unnecessary.

Edited at 2010-04-01 11:03 pm (UTC)
I lol'dzarahjoyce on April 1st, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
OH LOVE LOVE LOVE this picspam :D
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb. :) It was just begging me to be done and I'm a slave to my whims.
gigi_tastic: not approvedgigi_tastic on April 1st, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
i love you. this is just... i love you. thank you so much for letting the public know about the horror's of bunnies. poor poor anya( shes my very very favorite btvs person. more so then spike and andrew combined. and i love them a hell of a lot.) i love her so. mean rabbits. Anya has given me the idea for when i overtake the world to use bunnies as my main source of terror . that and monty python. and tragic personal experience. i dont know how i shall be able to trust them though... they are tricky little bastards . after i9 win i shall ship them off to.... do people like the easter islands? i mean it just seems .. appropriate. and i will make sure they dont learn to swim or make boats. so no fears. unless you appose me of course.
Kelly: Buffy: Monkeyxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks, bb. Did you see I snuck a Monty Python quote in there? I thought people might appreciate that. I love Anya and well, she deserves some love. Even if this was meant as an April Fool's joke, all in jest and good fun. :)
gigi_tasticgigi_tastic on April 1st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
i did notice!!! its wonderful. i love today!!!
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gigi_tastic: oh.. crapgigi_tastic on April 1st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
for what its worth i dont like cordy/angel but i like your banner
Kellyxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Np, bb. That is the great thing about my flist, I've got people that like all sorts of different things. It is what makes fandom great.

The shows are over, the new content is crack, nobody is going to change who ended up with whom. And at the end of the day, it don't matter. We're all just here for the penguin!porn. ;)

(And Nikki was being silly with her comment)
gigi_tasticgigi_tastic on April 1st, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
well i always did have a thing for penguinporn! lols.
Kelly: Buffy: Spuffy Dyingxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Everyone loves the penguin!porn. Those that say they don't, well, they just haven't found the right combo yet. *winks*
gigi_tasticgigi_tastic on April 2nd, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
*giiglesnort* also i love the icon you used when you posted this. all monkeys speak french!
Kelly: C/A Comicxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)

Gotdamn, Nikki. Couldn't you have made that just a little bit smaller? LOL

You're such a fucking brat but I just can't quit you!

Now comment on my picspam like you mean it.
Nikki: ats: cc/db can't take my eyes off of younikkiwawa79 on April 1st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
LMFAO!!! What, I had to make fun of the fangirl *pouts* Apparently, she was so blinded by BA, that she didn't see it. Or maybe, we scared her shitless and ran away.

Excuse you, I tried to make it smaller but someone already replied to me! I have a sudden urge to spam with C/A gifs so whomever doesn't like C/A doesn't come here EVER, EVER, again. I was about to comment about the actual Anya post, but I had to lay some smackdown and got distracted.
Kelly: C/A Wafflesxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
It's like not bad enough you got the PR temper, then you throw in the Philly thing and you're like my little powder keg, ready to blow at the first match!

You know you can always spam me with C/A gifs. And we have so many pretty ones now thanks to tokiohotelsucks. Best. Gifs. Eva!

But we should keep this about the Anya/Bunnies. If you have some good Anya/Bunnies gifs. LOL I will so post something else you can spam. I owe the flist a voicepost from my other post asking for questions.
missmayze: Cordymissmayze on April 1st, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
By far, my favorite ship manifesto ever. I was LOLing for a good couple of minutes! XD
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)

I'm so gonna see if I can do a write up for that shipping comm. Kelly, bringing the lulz back to fandom. :)
missmayze: Cordymissmayze on April 2nd, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)

Anya/Bunnies = new OTP ;D
Nikki: ats: cordy hell yes!nikkiwawa79 on April 2nd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Okay. Rude people, had to rudely interrupt my actual comment to this post! PFFT! I love this picspam. And, the time and thought you put into is = AMAZING!

Kelly: Buffy: Bumpxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thought? LOL It's an Anya/Bunnies picspam. I'm not sure 'thought' is the right word. I think buckets of crazy works better. :)

And I love that gif sfm.
samsom: hang onto mesamsom on April 2nd, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Your mind frightens me.

And it makes me giggle.



Kelly: C/A Steady to Hellxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
My mind is a scary sexy place. :) Cordelia and Angel were having some afterglow recovery time so Anya snuck in there with her bunnies, what can I say?
sinkwriter: Booth & Hodgins - Chinese foodsinkwriter on April 2nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be BUNNIES!

(Heee. How I love that episode. And that show. Must dust off my DVDs and watch 'em.)
Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
You totally need to dust off your DVDs and do a rewatch! Everyone should. :)
Stephanie: Buffy -  Tara ladycallie on April 2nd, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
That was just, simply fantastic!
Kelly: Buffy: W/T Dinnerxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much. :)
adios, i'm a ghost: btvs // slayer comma theviolensi on April 2nd, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Anya/bunnies. Totes ship it! Oh the angst..
Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
The angst is what makes Anya/bunnies one of the most loved (and debated) pairings in the whole of fandom. :) The only one more popular is, of course, Miss Edith/Mr. Gordo.
LBevangelin1202 on April 2nd, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
OMG! LMAO! This is the coolest thing I've seen today! Thank you so much! Awesome start of my day! :D
Kelly: ATS: Darla Dru Girl Lovexlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad that it could make you laugh. :)
Adelheidiithinkitisayit on April 2nd, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
This fic is *epic* :D I've always wondered what Anya had against bunnies...

Oh, and Paleyfest arrived on like Tuesday or Monday or something. Thank you very much for it :D
Kelly: Charismaxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. And now you know the truth behind their dark and abusive past. :)
jdphoenix: britta - communityjdphoenix on August 31st, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
I realize this was posted months and months ago but I just had to tell you that this may be the most hilariously beautiful thing I have ever seen. XD