Andrew Wells is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, played by Tom Lenk. The character also appears in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, the canonical continuation of the series.
Andrew Wells was 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.
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.
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 accidentally kills Tara Maclay while aiming for Buffy, Tara's vengeful girlfriend and powerful witch Willow Rosenberg hunts Warren down and skins him alive. Andrew and Jonathan then flee to Mexico to avoid a similar fate.
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."
As a WatcherEdit
Andrew returns in two episodes of Angel's fifth season, and he appears to have matured slightly; however, it is noted that he was deeply saddened by Spike's sacrifice at the Hellmouth and required therapy to get over it. Now under the mentorship of Rupert Giles, who is training him as a Watcher, Andrew comes to Los Angeles to help contain psychotic Slayer Daba (cf. "Damage"), where he is greatly relieved to find Spike "alive". When Angel tried to take Dana back to Wolfram & Hart, Andrew asserts his authority and explains that she belongs with them, not him, also revealing that the Scooby Gang no longer deems Team Angel trustworthy due to their takeover of Wolfram & Hart and that Buffy herself ordered Andrew to take Dana back with him. He reappears in the episode "The Girl in Question", explaining to Spike and Angel that Buffy is now dating the Immortal, a long time rival of Angel & Spike. 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. As such Buffy dating the Immortal was something that Andrew fabricated for his own amusement, something that confuses Buffy herself, who is unable to comprehend why he thought it was funny.
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 ("The Long Way Home"). Andrew worked with Vi to create television adverts in the hope of recruiting newly awakened Slayers ("The Chain"). After Rona felt Simone Doffler became too much to handle, she passed her onto Andrew's team but, nevertheless, she went rogue ("A Beautiful Sunset"). Andrew's knowledge of Japanese monster movies was key in directing Dawn's giant-sized fray with her robot counterpart in Tokyo ("Wolves at the Gate"). After the Slayer Soledad received her abilities, Andrew was envoyed to inaugurate her, although Buffy's speechifying meant she went solo, unguided ("Harmonic Divergence"). Later, he teams up with Buffy to hunt down Simone, and despite messing up in recreating the extinct Ragna Demon, Buffy extends her friendship and reminds him that he is part of the 'family' ("Predators and Prey").
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. (However, Joss has later stated that he was unhappy with that last turn of events, as Andrew was supposed to leave with mixed company; by the time the error was brought to his attention, it was too late to change.) 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". After the character was voted one of the best gay scifi characters of all time, Whedon went on record to state that Andrew is always "on the cusp" of understanding his own sexuality. Andrew however still appears to be quite closeted about it; Buffy attempts to bond with him over a mutual appreciation of Daniel Craig, and he evades the topic.
Possible romantic interestsEdit
While Andrew was frequently immature and inexperienced, and was never romantically involved in the series, he perhaps unknowingly did harbor a number of crushes on various other characters.
- Jonathan Levinson - Jonathan and Andrew are shown sharing a bed while on the run in Mexico. Andrew also comments on Jonathan's built up body. One episode also contains a joke about a magic bone Jonathan possesses. When Andrew and Warren try to grab it, Jonathan exclaims "stop touching my magic bone."
- Warren Mears - Warren is initially Andrew's superior amongst the Trio. While Warren occasionally makes derogatory gay jokes about Andrew, Andrew still idolizes him, even after Warren betrays both him and Jonathan, although eventually realizes that "he never really loved... hanging out with us." After Warren is murdered by Willow, the First Evil is able to use Warren's appearance to seduce him into killing Jonathan. When Willow finds herself the victim of a hex which makes her look like Warren, Andrew rushes to hug his former friend, accidentally groping Willow's breasts by mistake (cf. "The Killer in Me"). At present, there has been no discussion about his response to the revelation that Warren survived his flaying alive in "Villains", and is now romantically involved with Amy Madison in the canonical Buffy season eight comic series.
- Xander Harris - Andrew develops a nerdy camaraderie with Xander over the course of Season Seven due to their mutual love of Star Wars and comic books, and eventually appears to be in awe of him. In "Storyteller", he describes Xander as "extraordinary" while admiring his work on the windows, and later watches an interview he had recorded with Xander and Anya, mimicking Anya's "lines" as if he's talking to Xander. Xander, while initially dismissing Andrew as "annoying", seems to become fond of him over time, sending him a mbuna fish as a present from Africa (cf. "Damage"). While training his Slayers in Italy, Andrew remains in contact with the Scotland-based Xander.
- Spike - Spike and Andrew become friends in Season Seven, with Spike either oblivious or indifferent to Andrew's apparent crush on him, and surprisingly tolerant of his annoying habits. In the episode "Entropy", when the Trio's secret cameras reveal Spike getting physically intimate with Anya in The Magic Box, Andrew says that Spike is "so cool," then hurriedly adds, "The girl's hot, too." In "Storyteller", he also envisions a bare-chested Spike in a romance novel type pose with Buffy. Andrew is devastated by Spike's death, and is delighted to find him alive and well in the Angel episode "Damage", tearfully comparing his resurrection to that of Gandalf's. In the same episode, Andrew comments that Spike's senses are "as well honed as his Viggo Mortensen pectorals." As far as any Buffy/Angel fans know, Andrew is the only member of the Scooby Gang who is aware of Spike's actual status and whereabouts post-Sunnydale.
- Anya Jenkins - Andrew develops an odd friendship with Anya, who he believes is "the perfect woman", a statement which Anya very much agrees with. In "Storyteller", Andrew describes her as "a feisty waif with a fiery temper and a vulnerable heart that she hides, even from herself." In his imagination, Anya is seen seductively eating grapes, beside a shirtless Spike getting close to a gently wind-blown Buffy, and a pretty potential Slayer whose name escaped Andrew in the scene. Their friendship is made clear in "Chosen", where Anya is killed. He lies about Anya's death and tries to heroize her by telling Xander Harris "She was incredible. She died saving my life," (though it's possible that, from his perspective, she did). Xander responds "That's my Girl. Always doing the stupid thing".
Behind the ScenesEdit
- 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.
- Andrew makes constant references to the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, Star Trek, Dragon Ball Z, as well as comic characters such as Wonder Woman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (even bonding with Xander over their mutual love of comics). Andrew also seemed particularly offended when Amanda commented that Godzilla was killed by Matthew Broderick, where Xander quickly chimes in saying "Matthew Broderick did not kill Godzilla, he killed a big dumb lizard that was NOT Godzilla"). He also has been seen wearing Strong Bad, Trogdor the Burninator, and Spongebob Squarepants shirts.
Andrew has been in 33 canonical Buffyverse appearances.
- Season 6 (2001, 2002)
- "Life Serial"
- "Dead Things"
- "Normal Again"
- "Seeing Red"
- "Two to Go"
- Season 7 (2002, 2003)
- "Conversations with Dead People"
- "Never Leave Me"
- "Bring on the Night"
- "The Killer in Me"
- "First Date"
- "Get It Done"
- "Lies My Parents Told Me"
- "Dirty Girls"
- "Empty Places"
- "End of Days"
Season 5 (2003, 2004)