Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Andrew Wells

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Andrew Wells
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Actor Tom Lenk
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Andrew Wells is the younger brother of Tucker Wells, who summoned hellhounds to attack the Prom in the Season Three episode "The Prom". Andrew himself has skills in demon-summoning and animal control, although these were never used after Season Six; in the Buffy finale "Chosen" he credits his brother with having given him the courage to develop this talent. Andrew was actually created at the last minute by the show's writers, as a replacement for Tucker Wells. Originally, the writers wanted Brad Kane to reprise the character who would be the leader of the "Trio" with Jonathan Levinson and Warren Mears as his flunkies, but the two sides failed to come to an agreement regarding a contract, resulting in Tom Lenk being cast as Tucker's younger brother.

At some point during Buffy's senior year in high school, he summoned "winged monkey demons" to attack Sunnydale High's production of Romeo and Juliet, apparently for no other reason than to amuse himself. Years after the fact, both Jonathan and Warren recall the incident with amusement; since Warren, Buffy's contemporary, is known to have spent only his senior year at Sunnydale High (he attended the prom to which Tucker sent the hellhounds), his memory of the occasion proves that it occurred during his senior year, which was also Buffy's. The Scooby Gang have no memory of this whatsoever, simply one of any number of supernatural incidents which plagued Sunnydale. They also have no recollection of who Andrew is, until he informs them of his relation to Tucker. This becomes a running joke, as from then on, he is often referred to as "the other guy," "Tucker's brother," and so on.

[edit] The Trio Andrew is only introduced (long after the destruction of the school) in Season Six, as a member of the Trio, Buffy's self-styled "arch-nemesises" (sic). He is a crucial member of the group, since many of their endeavors rely upon his ability to summon and control various demons. Warren, the leader of the gang, is almost entirely driven by greed and lust for power; whereas Jonathan apparently joined the gang for excitement, being shocked by Warren's ruthlessness and eventually helping to save Buffy's life. Andrew occupies a sort of middle ground between these two, initially, as before, simply seeking power and amusement, but becoming more evil as the show progresses, for example, cheering "kill her!" as Warren fights Buffy. When Warren accidentially kills Tara Maclay while aiming for Buffy, Tara's vengeful girlfirend and powerful witch Willow Rosenberg hunts Warren down and skins him alive. Andrew and Jonathan then flee to Mexico to avoid a similar fate.

[edit] Scooby Gang While living in Mexico with Jonathan, Andrew is approached by the First Evil, who, in the guise of Warren, convinces him to open the Seal of Danzalthar. Returning to Sunnydale in Season Seven, Andrew murders Jonathan in an attempt to open the seal, but is soon discovered and held hostage by the Scooby Gang. At first, the Scoobies are hostile towards Andrew, partially because he murdered Jonathan and partially because of his annoying habits. Andrew provides much of the comic relief in Season Seven along with the advancement of major plot points. In his own episode "Storyteller", Andrew decides to document the Scoobies' adventures for future generations using a video camera. Andrew has a tendency to exaggerate, or tell his own version of the "truth," routinely relating overly-dramatic personal narratives. Although Xander, Anya, Spike, and Dawn are happy to let him interview them, Buffy is angered by his attempt to turn everything into a story and forces him to finally face up to the seriousness of his actions. After this, he becomes somewhat remorseful and repentant, joining Buffy as a comic sidekick in the fight against the First, surviving the apocalyptic battle at the end of Season Seven. Thus, Andrew is an example of the show's strong emphasis on redemption. When Anya dies in the battle, Andrew comforts Xander by lying to him that she died saving his life. Joss Whedon comments on this in his commentary for "Chosen"; "The thing that [Andrew] is sort of reviled for, making up stories, becomes the thing that he helps Xander with. Becomes the thing that he actually is good at, giving her the epic death she didn't actually get to have."

[edit] As a Watcher Andrew returns in two episodes of Angel's fifth season, and he appears to have matured slightly. Now under the mentorship of Rupert Giles, who is training him as a Watcher, Andrew comes to Los Angeles to help contain psychotic Slayer Dana (cf. "Damage"). When Angel tried to take Dana back to Wolfram & Hart, Andrew asserts his authority and explains that she belongs with them, not him. He reappears in the episode "The Girl in Question", explaining to Spike and Angel that Buffy is now dating the Immortal. It is later retconned in the Buffy Season Eight comics that Andrew had suggested this as a security measure, and that the Roman "Buffy" was an impersonator.

In the Season Eight comics, Xander refers to Andrew as the leader of a Slayer cell in Southern Italy. He is seen giving a group of Slayers a lecture about why Slayers never use guns, which had somehow progressed into a commentary on Lando Calrissian.

[edit] Sexuality Andrew's sexuality is further questioned when he bores of sharing a home with women.Other points of interest in Andrew's character include his apparent closeted homosexuality. In the "Storyteller", he completely ignores Willow and Kennedy in an intimate moment, preferring to comment on Xander's work on the windows, also after a fantasy in "Storyteller" he remarks "And wasn't Jonathon the cutest thing?". He also fantasizes about actors Scott Bakula (cf. "First Date"), Patrick Swayze (cf. "Never Leave Me"), and Viggo Mortensen (cf. "Damage"). Andrew's sexuality is further complicated in his final television appearance in the Angel episode "The Girl in Question". Andrew lectures both Spike and Angel about dating and women. As the scene ends, he is shown leaving for the opera in James Bond-style attire with two attractive women, referring to them as his dates. Also, in the sixth season episode, "Flooded", Andrew is noticeably upset that Warren will not make him a robot copy of Christina Ricci. It should also be noted that, in keeping with LGBT stereotypes, Andrew's top choices from the Slayers under his command in the Buffy Season Eight comic were his "Best Dressed" Slayers, not his best fighters. Surrounded by countless Slayers playing strip poker in their underwear, Andrew comically refers to everything as "boring".


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Character History

Memorable Moments

Trivia

Tucker's Brother

Member of the Trio

Quotes

Andrew Wells: [to camera] Oh, hello, there, gentle viewers. You caught me catching up on an old favorite. It's wonderful to get lost in a story, isn't it? Adventure and heroics and discovery: don't they just take you away? Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers. Join me on a new voyage of the mind. A little tale I like to call: Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyrs.

Andrew: I just wanna say how proud I am to die for this very special cause with you guys. There's some, um - There's people I'd like to thank, both good and evil. Um, a shout out to my brought, Tucker, who gave me the inspiration to summon demons and also... Anya: Nobody cares, you little monkey.

Andrew: She was incredible. She died saving my life.