Mar. 10, 1997
60 min.
UPN TV Network

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Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971) three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor 'Kelly Donovan' ...

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Alexander LaVelle "Xander" Harris is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character is portrayed by Nicholas Brendon, whose twin brother Kelly Donovan occasionally appeared as his double or as a substitute actor when Brendon was unavailable.

Alexander LaVelle Harris was born to Anthony and Jessica Harris in Sunnydale, California. Anthony (or Tony) – who, according to Xander, once tried to sell him to some Armenians – is a self-pitying drunk who first appeared in a nightmare sequence in Season Four's Restless; in it, he tore out his son's heart. His mother, Jessica, is a fragile mess without a stove; her culinary repertoire includes a "famous phone call to the Chinese place." She's known to neglect her son, and to appear cheerful in front of strangers as an attempt to cover the true nature of her miserable life. According to his Aunt Carol, the family are Episcopalians. Xander's uncle, Rory, is an alcoholic taxidermist who claims to have invented Velcro. Every Christmas, Xander sleeps outside to avoid his family's drunken arguments. Neither parent is happy with their marriage, but they have stayed together for decades. When he was thirteen, Xander attended Willow's bat mitzvah, where his parents drank to excess. Throughout the series, Xander's family was said to be unreliable, abusive, and the main source of his insecurities. They finally appeared at Xander and Anya's aborted wedding in Season Six's Hell's Bells.

Xander has been best friends with Willow Rosenberg since early childhood. At his sixth birthday party, which Willow attended, his parents hired a clown who chased him, resulting in his coulrophobia (a fear of clowns). He overcame this phobia in Season One's "Nightmares." When he did not get a toy firetruck for his seventh birthday, the house next door caught fire. Xander saw real firetrucks then and believes Willow started the fire so he could see the firetrucks. Xander and Willow shared a dislike of their snobby classmate Cordelia Chase, so much so that they formed "the We Hate Cordelia Club," of which Xander was treasurer and Willow, presumably, was president.

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03x12 - Helpless
Season 3, Episode 12
02x22 - Becoming (Part 2)
Season 2, Episode 22
05x09 - Listening to Fear
Season 5, Episode 09
02x01 - When She Was Bad
Season 2, Episode 01
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