Anyanka the Demon (Anyanka “Anya” Christina Emmanuella Jenkins) is a vengeance demon reluctantly turned into a Sunnydale high school student on the WB/UPN fantasy drama BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003).
Born in the 9th century in Sjornjost, a small Scandinavian village, Anyanka (then known as “Aud”) discovered she had a talent for placing spells on men who hurt women (like putting boils on a penis).
Her reputation revealed itself to the demon D’Hoffryn and Anyanka (Emma Caulfield) was promoted to Anyanka, the Patron Saint of Women Scorned.
Other vengeance demons in D’Hoffryn’s employ were: Halfrek, who specialized in granting the wishes of neglected or abused children; and Malice who specialized in granting the wishes of dying people.
In the year 880 AD, Anya dated a troll hunting Viking warrior named Olaf. When he cheated on her with a barmaid they broke up, and Anya swiftly turned him into a troll.
A thousand years later, Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), a spurned teenager angry that her boyfriend Xander had kissed another girl (Willow Rosenberg), made a wish to get revenge. Anyanka obliged Cordelia and arrived in the town of Sunnydale in the mortal form of teenager Anya Emerson.
Unfortunately, Cordelia used the power of Anyanka special necklace to make Cordelia’s rival Buffy Summers disappear and thus altering the present reality. Fortunately, Buffy’s mentor Giles Rupert smashed the necklace (talisman) and returned things to normal.
“For a thousand years I wielded the powers of The Wish. I brought ruin to the heads of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of the lower beings. I was feared and worshipped across the mortal globe and now I’m stuck at Sunnydale High! A mortal! A child! And I’m flunking math.” – Anyanka
For her mistake, Anyanka’s demon master D’Hoffryn refused to give her powers back and so Anya’s 1120-year-old spirit was stuck inside the mortal body of a 1990s teenager.
Anya eventually resigned herself to the role of a student at Sunnydale High School. To keep her self grounded in the modern world, Anya worked at the Magic Shop, which she eventually took charge of after Giles left for England.
Anya and Xander Harris became romantically involved, but at the last minute their planned marriage was terminated by Xander who bailed when he feared he would become an abusive husband like his alcoholic father. Vengeance Demons D’Hoffryn and Halfrek were in attendance at the wedding ceremony,
After the failed wedding, Anya became a vengeance demon again for a time, but in 2003, Anya died (sliced in half) while defending the town of Sunnydale from a demonic apocalypse.
NOTE: Anya likes to bowl, is good with math, but has an irrational fear of bunny rabbits.
In the first issue of the comic book “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Ten,” (March 19, 2014) Anya returns as a ghost. She is only visible to Xander, her former fiancé.
Anyanka the Demon
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