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Buffy - But You Can't INHALE by shinga Buffy - But You Can't INHALE by shinga
This is one thing that's always driven me crazy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer... vampires are dead. Which, as they point out SEVERAL times, means they can't breathe. But they keep showing them smoking and stuff! INHALING AND EXHALING. And in the seventh season when Spike was being tortured they kept sticking his head underwater. WHAT GOOD WOULD THAT DO. What is he gonna do, DROWN? NO. NO HE WON'T.

There are other issues about vampires that are wonderfully inconsistant but this one just annoys me the most. Or amuses me. Funnily enough, that's a thin line for me...

(The vampire in the comic is a badly done Spike. The random chick is, of course, me)

(Note: Don't mistake me. I love Buffy *hee, Joss...* ^_^)
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Beyworld101 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Yep I've seen it on the first Blade movie with Deccan Frost doing it! 
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xfrd1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Breathing is an involuntary reflex. Also, inhaling and exhaling help a vampire blend in with humans, making stalking and feeding easier. We might even go so far as to say that a vampire would subconsciously increase their respiratory rate when doing strenuous activities just as a remembered reflex from when they were still human (that way, actors and stunt people wold be allowed to visibly breathe when playing their roles) Also, a vampire may not need oxygen to exist, but he will still need air in his lungs in order to talk.

As for Spike being tortured in Season 7, it was never actually stated exactly what it was the Spike was being immersed in. Maybe it was diluted Holy Water, concentrated enough to be an extreme irritant, but not enough to burn his skin,
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BeeBirdy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
For some reason I remember—it was either Angel or Spike explaining it—that vampires don't need to breath but do it out of habit. Awesome comic! :D
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Ravenstar447 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I'm pretty sure they just don't NEED to, but I dunno.
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theartestfromhell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think it's less they cant breathe and more they don't breathe.  this is funny though.
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FanGirl116 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that was Faith... When I read the description I was like 'this makes it so much funnier!' ;)
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saranac2014 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! This has always drove me crazy as well.

Sorry, Joss, but a hundred scenes where you have not only Spike but dozens of other vampires (including Angelus) able to blow air in and out to smoke a cig trumps  Angel's "no breath" excuse used in one single episode. Screw continuity and accept it, it's a retcon! Deal with it!

Anyway, love it much!
 
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BouncyBean Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just because vampires don't need to breathe, doesn't mean they are physically incapable of doing so.

I remember a number of occasions on both Buffy and Angel where they mention breathing to appear human, or just by bodily instinct. Spike smokes out of habit (and probably because he thinks it makes him look cool) Also vampires do feel pain, and I'm pretty sure regardless of whether they breathe, getting water in your lungs isn't fun. I'm sure that was the point, since they knew it couldn't kill him.

But anyway, I still love this comic, especially because it involves Spike getting smacked around for comedic purposes. :D
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Zitadoeza Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You also need breath to speak, because if there's no air flowing through your vocal cords they won't vibrate and no sound would come out..
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foureyedbabe Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Good point. lol
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EddyxMarvoloxRiddle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
...It's Spike, since when has he EVER played by the rules? He's too good for them, even those set by Joss Whedon himself.
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Adria2006 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nice to know that I wasn't the only one going wtf on this when I was younger.. lol
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Commaki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
They can't breathe, but they can fall sick in cancer.
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klaudos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I mean they don't ever right out say "vampires can't breathe" maybe it's just that they don't need to breathe so if they choose to inhale and exhale for smokes then yay as for the water thing they are putting his head under and he has his mouth open so water is bound to go in and I'm pretty sure even vampires don't appreciate water in their lungs. But I totally agree with you because the vampire continuity sucks (especially when it comes to the staking). anyway sorry for the long message but that's a really cute Spike (:
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Nikkaliah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think the biggest reason I'm faving this, is that last line "Continuity bitch!"
X) Just cracked me up
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freesoul4ever1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i think they can breath and the drowning thing is like on the vampire diaries Damon breaks Stephens neck and he"dies" again really it just makes hi vampire like knocked out for a long time
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LenaDestler Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love btvs!!! I grew up watching it!!!
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Slytherin007 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
In Angel, two vamps DO have a baby not saying who but it was a miracle baby or something
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Slytherin007 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I KNOW!! It bothers me too! Lol funny
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MeetTheFreak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you're saying, but I think they just got that mixed up (while doing the script). They should have said, "I (they) don't need to breathe." However, from what I've seen/read most vampires that are made (the majority of which are as in most cultures vampires cannot be birthed, but in others they can and so they don't really have this little quirk) breathe anyway from force of habit- just because they don't need to doesn't mean they "can't".
Besides, even if I couldn't breathe I would find a way just so I could smoke; I'm dead anyway so fuck bitches get cigarettes :XD: Haha!
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BcRice Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't understand what you're saying. They can also talk...which requires using a muscle to inhale and exhale. Just like walking or lifting a finger. Them smoking has nothing to do with them breathing or eating or walking or anything else.
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Faeschild Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
My question is if they don't breathe, how do they talk? If you don't have the breath to do CPR, how do you have the breath to make sound?

BTW, I like the strip.
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enter-witty-username Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
great drawing but I think vampires can breathe if they wish to but they do not need to 'to live'
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Yautja5000 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think thy actually said he can breathe if he wants to, but doesn't need to. Anyway, not trying to be annoying. Great drawing though.
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lluvia185 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Oh! it was worse when the First try to drown him!!! WTH??!! :omfg:
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Goofy-Charli Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting thin line. :) Mine is the whole, vampires have no reflection thing but somehow they can be seen in photos and in video footage. What the hell?! I thought they couldn't project any image that could be captured. I decided to just accept any plot holes a long time ago. :D Don't even get me started on ghosts that can make an impression on a sofa - cause now I'm straying away from Buffy territory.

Anyway, I'm with the whole, vampires can breathe but suffocation just won't kill them. It might hurt, but they don't need to breathe to live. Which would be a nice way to think about it if Angel hadn't said in season 1 that he couldn't resuscitate Buffy on account of having no breath. They should HAVE breath, but not need it. Egh, my head hurts. Ranting done.
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Joaleana Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well just because they're dead and they're moving around doesn't mean they can't suck and puff (wink).
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Kayalisabanari Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
i noticed this too but in season 5 spike stopped exhaling his cigarette smoke :smile:
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Tinkwizzle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love this comic :3 and you do make a good point... but being drowned even if you don't die can not be fun
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LittleCuteInsaneBoy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I find this really really funny! xD <3
(I would just like to add they "drowned" Spike in season 7 just to torcher him not to actually kill him.)
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Tinkwizzle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I agree with this XD
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Elmida Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Or, like, when Glory didn't know in season 5 that the Key was human and yet the ritual demanded a bloodletting to open the portal. Oooookaaay.
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe the water doesn't add up, but the vampires in Buffy can still breathe if they choose. In fact, it was either Spike or Angel who said that 'we don't have to breath, but we can if we want to'.

Not that I'm attacking you here, I'm just pointing out. Joss Whedon for the win!
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
maybe they take in air, but none of the oxygen diffuses into their blood capillaries? Or maybe it does- and they don`t need it?
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GirlGamer1397 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Vampires CAN breath! They just don't need to! DUH! Which means that they can STILL SMOKE! God, seriously even a five year old can figure that one out!
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BohemianGreen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Vampires wouldn't be able to talk by the logic that they 'can't inhale'. Its more like; don't need to breath but still do most of the time, like a habit.
But I really like your expressions!
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221BakerScarf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Maybe the water was holy water?
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theDaughterofAthena Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
makes sense
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xyex Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
It's not that they *can't* breathe, it's that they don't have to. I mean, they talk, so they have to be ABLE to breathe, because talking requires inhaling and exhaling. So, if they can talk, they can smoke.
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
er- talking doesn`t require inhaling and exhaling- go ahead and try and talk while you`re breathing. please.
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xyex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I talk while I breath all the time. Every single person on the planet does. Why don't you try to talk *without* breathing? Go ahead, hold your breath, don't take in or force out any air, and try to make a sound. Can't do it, can you?

Talking is caused by vibrating your vocal cords as you exhale. The vibrations of the cords cause vibrations in the air passing through, which results in sounds. Your lips and tongue then add nuance and inflection, but it all starts with the cords and the air passing through.

Why do you think, if you talk for a long time without taking a breath, you suddenly *can't* talk anymore? Or, if you're winded and out of breath, gasping for air, it's hard to speak? Breathing and talking are inherently inter-linked. You can't talk without air in your lungs (which requires inhaling) and you can't talk without pushing that air back out past your vocal cords (which is exhaling).
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
oohhhh I thought the reason you need to breath if you`ve been talking for a very long time is, because you WEREN`T breathing.
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xyex Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
No, it's because you're not INHALING. All you're doing while talking is EXHALING. Go ahead, try and talk with your lungs empty. This is a reeeeeeeally simple, basic, kindergarten level concept here, and I'm not sure why you're having so much trouble grasping it. :/
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
no I get it. But thanks for the positive reinforcement buddy o` pal.
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laimelady Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
*\o/* Yup True.

But... smoking BAD.
Spike BAD-ass.
Smoking h o t, BAD BAD Spike ;-)
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muffla Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well I think they just don't HAVE to breathe. I mean, nothing's stopping them from being able to.
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XxkittyfantasticoxX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But...in season 1, Angel says the lack of breath thing stops him from doing CPR. If vampires can breathe if they want to, then he would've been able to do it...
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xyex Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yeah, that's actually the plot hole, not the smoking thing. Unless "dead breathe" is unhealthy for people to breathe. XD
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MischiefWolf7 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I think that it's because they can go through the physical motion of breathing but since they're not technically alive it doesn't actually affect the air like when people breathe. So it doesn't work. That's the only thing I could think of.
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muffla Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
maybe it's weak lung capacity from mis-use? seems plausible.
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