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14 October 2011 @ 12:38 pm
Rare Character Recs: The Buffybot  
The Bot! Such pathos! Such bathos! So lovable and cringe-inducing! So...sad. *sniff* She appears in just four episodes, but her character arc is one of the most complete on the show. Grand love, thrilling heroics, domestic bliss(?), and tragic martyrdom — it's all there. But I want more!

Fortunately, because of our very talented fellow fans, I've got it! I have many, many fan-made Buffybot favorites. They are set anywhere from Intervention into Season 6 and beyond. Here's a roughly chronological list:

During and after Intervention

Title: I, Buffy
Author: flurblewig
Rating: Mature (well, it's Warren, so "mature" might not really be the right word)
Length: One shot
Characters: Warren Mears, Buffybot
Summary: Warren does a final (hands off!) check before Spike picks up his order.
Note: This is silly and disturbing at the same time.

Title: Bored Now
Author: Jane DaVitt
Rating: R
Length: Drabble
Pairing: Spike/Buffybot
Summary: Spike's not happy.

Title: The Naked Truth
Author: Spring Summers
Rating: Teen for some sex talk
Length: One shot
Summary: Buffy has a "little" talk with the Bot, just to make sure Spike was on the up-and-up about not giving Glory any info about Dawn. Naturally, she hears a lot more than she planned...
Note: Do any of you old-timers know if this is the complete version of this story? It ends a little abruptly.

During The Gift

Title: Pieces of the mirror
Author: Bkitty fluffybkitty
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Buffy/Buffy-bot
Length: 6,000, One shot
Summary: Buffy doesn’t want anyone else changing the Buffybot’s clothes and it leads to a little self-exploration.

Post-The Gift (that summer)

Title: Buffybot's Great Adventure
Author: amyxaphania
Characters: Buffybot, Harmony
Rating: PG-13
Chapter Word Count: 1,447
Summary: When Willow sends the Buffybot on a slaying mission, you know things aren't going to turn out well...

Title Second Hand
Author brutti_ma_buoni
Rating R to NC17
Pairing Buffybot/Cordelia
Word count 950
Summary Cordelia gets grief counseling from an unexpected source.

Title: Unexpected Assignment
Author: hello_spikey
Rating: PG13 for Spike's usual vocabulary
Characters: Ensemble, plus Lydia Chalmers (Watcher) and minus Giles
Length: One shot
Summary: When Giles resigns his position, the Council sends a replacement who is determined to find out what caused a breech in the warm Slayer/Watcher relationship she'd witnessed in Checkpoint. Unfortunately, everyone seems determined to keep her from her new charge.
Note: Okay, so this is a Lydia fic, but the Bot is wonderful, too.

Title: I'm Not Supposed to Be Like This
Author: spuffyduds
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Darla, Spike, Buffybot, OC
Length: One shot
Summary: Darla wanders California, desperately trying to find a way out of her pregnancy.
Note: Okay, so this is a Darla fic, but the Bot is wonderful, too.

Title: Acts Of Self-Conscious Behaviour Contrary To The 'Not In Front Of The Children' Act
Author: Beer Good ([info]beer_good_foamy)
Rating: PG13
Warning: Some blatant innuendo literalness
Characters/Pairing: Willow/Tara, Buffybot
Word count: ~560
Summary: All you need to know is that this baby was part of the impromptu Rocket Launcher Fic Fest. Heh.

Beyond that summer

Title: I was made for loving you baby
Author: [info]speakr2customrs
Rating: PG-13
Length: 7 chapters
Summary: I am not Buffy. Who am I? The Buffybot becomes self-aware. You’d think that wackiness would ensue, wouldn’t you? You’d be only partially right, as this story contains a serious look at self-determination. With a fair smattering of kitten poker and whatnot. AU Spanning that summer until post-Tabula Rasa.
One:  In the Beginning / Two: Trouble the Waters / Three: Viva Las Vegas / Four: Substitute / Five: Dancing in the Streets / Six: Erase and Rewind / Seven: Everybody hurts
Note: The author wishes  you to know that he considers this an abandoned WIP. I think it holds up beautifully as is, although I wouldn't be sorry to see more, if he changed his mind.

Title: Mine Own Executioner
Author: speakr2customrs
Rating: PG, but dark
Length: 250 words
Summary: The timing is slightly different and the Buffybot manages to elude the demon biker gang. AU during Bargaining, Part 1

Title Finger on the Pulse
Author brutti_ma_buoni
Pairing Gwen/Buffybot
Rating R, a minor warning for some agency issues, depending on how you feel about sex robots
Length 1000 words
Summary Post-series. The Slayer Council does business with Gwen Raiden, who finds an unexpected perk.

Bonus! Check  out this great video by deird1Robot Girlfriend.
Please excuse my lack of media embedding skills and just follow the link.
brutti_ma_buonibrutti_ma_buoni on October 14th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, shiny!

For completeness, I'm going to link my third f/f Bot fic here: Wind Her Up and She Slays, Faith/Buffybot NC17. (I'd apologise for hijacking your rec post for some self-pimping, but you left a nice comment on this one so I'm hoping you meant it!)

I would also hugely rec mabus101, metem(psychosis), PG and gen, but angsty-dark as hell, for a very different look at what it means to be the bot in a twisted season 6.
Rebcake: btvs_buf_skirtgirlrebcake on October 14th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Please do pitch in with any and all other suggestions! My record keeping is not all that great (long list above to the contrary). And, as I said, I WANT MOAR!
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on October 15th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Great recs. Thank you!
Rebcake: btvs_buf_skirtgirlrebcake on October 15th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I just adore Bot fic. You don't happen to have any lying around, do you?

P.S. Do you know if the Spring Summers piece is the all there. I can't tell if the page has loaded completely or not. It's weird. Maybe I'll try another browsers...
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on October 15th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I don't. She has a very small, very botty part in my Spander fic "The Best of Friends" but I really think that's the only time I've used her. That I can remember, anyway. Something to think about - a Bot fic or two. :)

I don't know. It did seem like it just ended - no "the end" or real resolution. It could be intentional, or there could be more fic missing. Certainly there is potential there for it to continue, but I could see ending it on that semi-funny note too. Sorry, not helpful, huh?
Cindy: BtVS Spike Spiral herocindergal on October 16th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Here, I have one one lying around ;-) :

She'll Never Be Exactly
Rebcake: btvs_buf_skirtgirlrebcake on October 16th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Who? Oh, thanks so much for this link, which I'd never seen and is quite perfect! *basks in the 'Bot*
Marcus L. Rowlandffutures on November 4th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
Not sure this quite qualifies - I have the April-bot running a hybrid Buffybot-April program in Family Issues and its sequel The Rosenberg Inheritance, she's important in both stories but not the main character. I should warn you that the first is a Men in Black crossover, the second a Lou Grant crossover.
Marcus L. Rowlandffutures on November 4th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
Should also say that these are fairly long stories set in a VERY AU BtVS S6 and Angel S3-S4.
Rebcake: btvs_buf_skirtgirlrebcake on November 4th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
They both sound delightful. I had a bit of a Men in Black weekend, so I'm primed! Thanks for sharing these!
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Rebcake: btvs_buf_skirtgirlrebcake on November 6th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked 'em!