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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 05:25 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 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's great!
Kelly: ATS: AWC Familyxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I had the idea and I had to do it. :)
petzipellepingo: bunny by fritterspetzipellepingo on April 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
"wiggles nose"
Kelly: Cat BFFxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 06:55 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 06:56 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 05:47 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 06:57 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 06:53 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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(no subject) - xlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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I lol'dzarahjoyce on April 1st, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
OH LOVE LOVE LOVE this picspam :D
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on April 1st, 2010 06:58 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 06:59 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 07:01 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. :)
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gigi_tastic: oh.. crapgigi_tastic on April 1st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
for what its worth i dont like cordy/angel but i like your banner
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missmayze: Cordymissmayze on April 1st, 2010 07:17 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 07:37 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. :)
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Nikki: ats: cordy hell yes!nikkiwawa79 on April 1st, 2010 08:03 pm (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 01:40 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 1st, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Your mind frightens me.

And it makes me giggle.



Kelly: C/A Steady to Hellxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 01:41 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 12:59 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 01:42 pm (UTC)
You totally need to dust off your DVDs and do a rewatch! Everyone should. :)
Stephanie: Buffy -  Tara ladycallie on April 2nd, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
That was just, simply fantastic!
Kelly: Buffy: W/T Dinnerxlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much. :)
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Kelly: Buffy: Scythexlivvielockex on April 24th, 2010 01:44 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.