- "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 Wells, Storyteller[src]
Andrew Wells, who is constantly referred to as Tucker's brother when people identify him. He was a reformed "supervillain" and a Watcher in the Slayer Organization. The younger brother of Tucker Wells, Andrew left Sunnydale High School with a proficiency in Demon Summoning and founded the "supervillain" group known as The Trio alongside Warren Mears and Jonathan Levinson, and later manipulated into becoming a minion of The First Evil. After a year spent as a hostage of the Scooby Gang, Andrew became their friend and ally, eventually training as a Watcher to the newly-activated Slayer army.
- Andrew: "I've had some experience with bullies. Growing up."
- Buffy: "Yes. I suppose you did."
- — Andrew tells Buffy about his childhood.[src]
Andrew Wells, the younger brother of Tucker Wells, grew up in Sunnydale. His aunt was his legal guardian. A "nerd," Andrew was the victim of bullying while growing up, but was friends with fellow outcasts at Sunnydale High, Warren Mears and Jonathan Levinson. Inspired by his older brother, Andrew learned to summon and control demons, and sent a pack of flying monkey demons to attack the school's production of Romeo and Juliet, apparently for no other reason than to amuse himself. His plans were presumably stopped by the Slayer, Buffy Summers, and her demon-fighting friends, the Scooby Gang. Although the Scoobies quickly forgot the incident, Andrew, Warren, and Jonathan went on to remember it fondly. Buffy later foiled Andrew's brother's plans when he trained a pack of hellhounds to attack the senior prom because he couldn't find a date.
- Andrew: "I summoned the flying monkeys that attacked the high school? During the school play, you know?"
- Warren: "It's Tucker's brother."
- — Andrew's high school achievements are not remembered by the Scooby Gang.[src]
About two years after Sunnydale High's destruction, Andrew, Warren, and Jonathan formed the Trio, a supervillain group dedicated to taking over Sunnydale. Together they engaged in petty crimes, such as robbing banks and museums. Andrew was a crucial member of the group because many of their endeavors relied upon his ability to summon and control various demons. Since Buffy was the protector of Sunnydale, the Trio secretly tested her abilities to collect information; Andrew's test involved getting three demons to attack her at her temporary job. The Trio began to fall apart after they used the Cerebral Dampener on Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina Silber, turning her into a willing sex slave; she came to her senses and accused them of rape, so Warren killed her to stop her from leaving. Andrew helped cover up the murder by summoning a trio of Rwasundi Demons and was impressed when the Trio got away with it. However, Buffy figured out their involvement and began to investigate their activities further. Andrew set a Glarghk Guhl Kashmas’nik Demon on her to make her experience intense hallucinations. Warren and Andrew began plotting together against Jonathan, hoping to rob an amusement park and let their friend take the blame. Buffy stopped their plan, although Warren escaped, leaving Andrew to be arrested with Jonathan, who made sure that Andrew knew Warren would not return for them. In his frustration at Buffy, Warren accidentially murdered Tara Maclay. Tara's girlfriend and powerful witch, the vengeful Willow Rosenberg, hunted Warren down and skinned him alive. She planned a similar fate for Andrew and Jonathan and attacked them at the prison, but were rescued by the Scooby Gang. Fearful, Andrew suggested fleeing to Mexico before threatening Xander Harris with a sword he acquired to defend himself from Willow. Jonathan, however, pulled his sword towards Andrew and convinced him to accede to his arbitration that they would go to jail after dealing with Willow. When Willow trapped Buffy and her sister Dawn in a grave. Andrew and Jonathan reintroduce the idea of escaping to Mexico and hitch a ride there from a truck driver. 
- "Here's the thing. I killed my best friend. There's a big fight coming, and I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even think I'm going to live through it. That's, uh, probably the way it should be. I guess I'm..."
- ―Andrew accepts responsibility for murdering Jonathan.[src]
While in Mexico with Jonathan, the First Evil approached Andrew in the guise of Warren, and convinced him to open the Seal of Danzalthar underneath the rebuilt Sunnydale High, telling him that by doing so, the Trio would live as gods. Returning to Sunnydale, Andrew murdered Jonathan in an attempt to open the seal. Since it didn't work, Andrew hesitantly attempted to slaughter a piglet to obtain blood but was unable to catch it. Failing in that, Andrew went to a local butcher to buy pigs blood along with many other unrelated items, but was soon discovered by Willow who, having reformed tried to talk to him. A fearful Andrew tried to scare her by claiming to be powerful evil, only for Willow manipulate his fear and take him to the Buffy's house where he was held hostage by the Scooby Gang with the pig's blood he bought used to feed Spike who was also under the influence of the First. Andrew was interrogated by Xander and Anya Jenkins who used both violence and psychological threats to find out why he was buying blood. Just as Andrew began to give answers, Spike was triggered by the First, making him dangerously storm out of his bonds, break into the room where Andrew was kept and bite him for several seconds before Buffy saved him. For several days he was kept tied to a chair by while the number of potential slayers rose with Andrew showing enthusiasm in helping the gang.
At first, the Scoobies were openly hostile towards Andrew because he had murdered Jonathan, because of his alliance with Warren, and because of his annoying habits. Nevertheless, Andrew tried to make himself useful around the house by replacing Buffy's broken microwave, baking, and keeping a "big board" to track the First's plans. He was contacted by the First a second time in the form of Jonathan who ordered him to kill the potential slayers with a gun that was used by Willow when she was becoming Warren.. Unbeknownst to the First, Andrew was used by the Scooby Gang to gather information on the First by wearing a wire when meeting up with him which would allow Willow to hear the conversation on headphones. The First noticed this when he made it too obvious and reminded him of what he did to Jonathan. Andrew then stood up to him, promising to avenge Jonathan's murder.
Eventually, he began documenting the Scoobies' adventures for future generations using a video camera. Although Xander, Anya, Spike, and Dawn were all happy to let him interview them, Buffy became angered by Andrew's attempt to turn everything into a story and she forced him to face up to the seriousness of his actions. When Andrew finally accepted responsibility for Jonathan's murder, his tears of remorse put an end to the supernatural chaos caused by the Seal of Danzalthar. Hoping for redemption, he joined the Scoobies in the Battle at the Hellmouth, where he was partnered with Anya against an army of Turok-Han Vampires and Bringers. Andrew was shocked and confused to survive the brutal fight. Later he comforted Xander over Anya's death, telling Xander that his former fiancé had died saving his [Andrew's] life.
- "You're not the only one who's changed. Mr. Giles has been training me. I'm faster, stronger, and 82% more manly than the last time we—"
- ―Andrew to Spike[src]
Having earned the trust and friendship of the Scooby Gang, Andrew remained with them as they formed a global organization which located and trained the thousands of Slayers recently activated by Willow. He and Violet starred in television recruitment adverts. Andrew received training as a Watcher from Rupert Giles, and was granted his own Slayer squad in Rome. When Angel encountered a psychotic Slayer named Dana, Andrew was dispatched to the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart to handle the situation. There he was excited to reunite with Spike, revealing that he had been devastated by Spike's death and required therapy to get over it. Dana was eventually taken down by Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, but when Angel tried to take her back to W&H, Andrew asserted that she belonged with the other Slayers. He also informed Angel that the Scooby Gang no longer considered Angel or his team trustworthy due to their takeover of Wolfram & Hart, and that he was under direct orders from Buffy herself to bring Dana back with him by any means necessary. Respecting Buffy's orders, Angel relented and allowed Andrew to leave with Dana. Months later, when Angel and Spike tried to track Buffy to Rome, they found Andrew instead. Buffy's true location was now secret and a decoy Slayer had been set up in Rome. Andrew informed the two vampires that Buffy was dating the Immortal, an old rival of theirs, a ruse set up by him because he thought it would be funny.
Rona transferred rebellious Slayer Simone Doffler to Andrew's squad in Rome, feeling that she would benefit from a less urban setting. Andrew and Simone were not compatible because they disagreed over whether Slayers should use guns. Simone eventually went rogue. During a mission to Tokyo, Andrew used his knowledge of Japanese monster movies to direct a giant-sized Dawn in battle against her mecha counterpart, a moment he claimed to have been preparing for his whole life. When Soledad was activated as a Slayer, Andrew went to recruit her, but she was turned off by Buffy's pitch. Outside Milan, Andrew located Nisha, one of Simone's lieutenants, so he and Buffy went on a mission to retrieve her. They rescued her from the nest of a Ragna Demon, which Nisha revealed had been created by Andrew, who, in order to capture Simone, had bred the extinct species back into existence. Buffy and Andrew finally confronted Simone, who demanded a trade: Andrew for the Ragna Demon. Simone explained that she wanted revenge on Andrew for his authority and annoying habits, but Buffy refused to give up her friend and Andrew's Slayer squad showed up to rescue their Watcher. Buffy later forgave Andrew for creating the Ragna, reaffirming that he was a member of the Scooby family.
- Andrew: "But you were right. I lied to you."
- Buffy: "Yeah, you're part of the family. Get used to screwing up for good reasons. It's what we do."
- — Buffy reaffirms Andrew's place in the Scoobies[src]
Later, Andrew's Slayer cell was forced to retreat alongside Buffy's to Tibet when Twilight began tracking down the Scoobies through their magic use. Andrew took up his role as documentarian again to study Willow and the Slayers who had to learn to suppress their magic. Andrew was able to correctly deduce that there was a spy in their midst, who turned out to be Amy disguised as a cat. He assisted in the all-out warfare between Twilight's armed forces and Buffy's, but became one of Twilight's captives along with Faith Lehane and Giles. In self-defense, Andrew donned a composite Iron Man-Captain America armor. When Twilight (Angel) and Buffy ascended to a different dimension, and their home dimension became overrun with extra-dimensional demons, Andrew and Warren, who had been resurrected albeit skinless, squabbled for ownership of the armor. Andrew took a deep and potentially fatal wound from a demon, leaving Warren to protect him.
After the Twilight crisis was averted, Andrew gathered what remaining Slayers he could and started a disaster relief organization. Months after magic was cut off from this dimension, Andrew attended Buffy's housewarming party at her new apartment in San Francisco along with the other former Scoobies.
During these events, Spike, having heard of the incoming threat of the Siphon, turned to Andrew for help in protecting Buffy from him. However, Spike never expected Andrew to do what he did: during the housewarming party, Andrew gave Buffy a spiked drink, and when she passed out drunk, Andrew created a new Buffybot using Warren's notes and technology, proceeding to transfer Buffy's mind into the Buffybot's body while sending the real Buffy's body to live a normal life in Mill Valley.
However, Andrew failed to program the Buffybot with the ability to mimic human functions such as digesting food, menstruating, and maintaining a good balance of Ph in its blood, leading it, still unaware of its nature, to mistakenly believe she was pregnant. However, the truth came out to both her and Spike when her right arm was ripped off in a battle with a nest of zompires.
Buffy and Spike furiously confronted Andrew over what he put the former through, being particularly outraged that he didn't bother to tell the real Buffy anything. The trio subsequently took Spike's ship to retrieve Buffy's body, only to discover that it had been captured by Simone. However, Andrew had placed a tracking device on the body, allowing them to follow it. Andrew subsequently apologized to Buffy and admitted that it was a bad plan; Buffy was still irked at Andrew, but softened a bit when he stated he also did so to give Buffy's body the life she could have had if she had not spent all those years slaying.
- "He's a breath of fresh air, isn't he? Thank God I don't breath."
- ―Spike describing Andrew[src]
Andrew was an uncommonly peculiar individual who's mannerisms were considerably irritating to most other people who were very indifferent to his interests. His ceaseless awareness and attentiveness to popular culture (specifically science fiction) extended far above that of Warren and Jonathan, as Andrew constantly made references to film, television and literature during situations, both normal and serious. This habit further made him an annoyance to the Scooby Gang and also made conversing with them confusing, as Dawn was curious if 'there's a language that he's speaking'.
Another defining trait was his tendency to shift from reality to fantasy, dramatizing the Slayer mythology as well as the personal histories, relationships and developments of the people around him (notably Buffy, Faith, Spike, Willow and Anya). Andrew would present these views in the form of storytelling where the actual details of the events are loosened more theatrically, even characterizing his own past as a story, believing himself to be a 'man with a dark past' and exagerrating the effectiveness of his villiany. As well as annoying, Andrew was also very immature and gullible. This made him easily manipulated by Warren since he was enticed by the idea of getting away with crime and becoming super villains, thoughtlessly believing Warren could accomplish any goal or deal with any problem without the need for Andrew himself taking responsibility. Because of this he was easily manipulated by the First in the guise of Warren to kill his only friend Jonathan, leaving him feeling alone.
However, when in the confines of the Scooby Gang, Andrew was able to gain responsibility for his actions from positive role models and leaders such Buffy, Spike and Anya along with other scoobies that have helped him make the right decisions and gave him confidence in himself, such as standing up to the First  and tearfully realizing his misdeeds, allowing him to separate the wonder of his stories from the hardship of the real world. As a Watcher, his eccentricities remained with him, although he seemed to have matured with the scoobies having came to tolerate this and Buffy even recognized his role in the group. He still believed in the overemphasis of his talents, regarding himself as an expert watcher and having more courage and toughness than he actually did. However, he still continued to act against others liking such as creating a new Buffy robot and creating a demon which was used as a weapon by Simone, who also despised him because of his habits.
Powers and Abilities
Much like his brother Tucker, Andrew was proficient in controlling animals and summoning various species of demons, though he refrained from using this ability after the end of the Trio. Additionally, he displayed enough knowledge of genetics to recreate the extinct Ragna Demons, and also possessed enough mechanical knowledge to build a second Buffybot based on Warren's notes. He was also semi-fluent in both dead and demon languages.
Aside from his skills with summoning demons, Andrew was trained in the typical Watcher skills and possessed an in-depth knowledge of popular culture.
- "Well, you know what homophobia really means about you, don't you?"
- ―Warren teases Andrew[src]
Andrew is portrayed as "ambiguously gay", expressing subtle attraction to various other males but never outright stating his sexual preference. He has fantasized about male actors Scott Bakula, Patrick Swayze,  and Viggo Mortensen. Once, surrounded by countless Slayers playing strip poker in their underwear, an oblivious Andrew told Xander that he would be "bored stiff." When Buffy tried to bond with him over a mutual appreciation of Daniel Craig's swimming trunks, he quickly evaded the topic. Another hint was when he sang along to the Lady Gaga's song, Born this Way.
These things would be enough to cement him as probably being homosexual, but there were enough heteronormative behaviors to cast doubt. Andrew once lectured both Spike and Angel about dating and women and was seen leaving for the opera in James Bond-style attire with two attractive women, referring to them as his dates. However, Joss Whedon later stated that originally Andrew was supposed to leave with a mixed-gender group of friends, so having two girls be his dates was unintentional. Andrew was also noticeably upset when Warren refused to make him a robot copy of Christina Ricci and stated that Scully from The X-Files "wants me so bad."
Possible Romantic Interests
- "You've never had any tiny bit of sex, have you?"
- ―Xander to Andrew[src]
While Andrew was frequently immature and inexperienced, and has never been in a romantic relationship, he perhaps unknowingly did harbor a number of crushes.
- Jonathan Levinson - Andrew's best friend, the pair shared a bed while on the run in Mexico, and Andrew commented on Jonathan's built up body. While reflecting on his time in the Trio, Andrew said "wasn't he [Jonathan] just the cutest thing?"
- Warren Mears - Andrew's superior in the Trio and apparent idol. Warren exploited Andrew's loyalty but ultimately left him to be arrested. Feeling betrayed, Andrew cried "How could he do this to me? He promised we'd be together, but... he was just using me. He never really loved... hanging out with us." After Warren was murdered by Willow, the First Evil used Warren's appearance to manipulate Andrew into killing Jonathan. When Willow found herself the victim of a hex which made her look like Warren, Andrew rushed to hug his former friend, accidentally groping Willow's breasts by mistake.
- Xander Harris - Despite their previous clashes when Andrew was with the Trio, Andrew and Xander eventually developed a nerdy camaraderie due to their mutual love of science fiction and comic books. Andrew once ignored Willow and Kennedy making out to appreciate Xander's work on the windows, and thoughtfully described him as "extraordinary". He later watched an interview he had recorded with Xander and Anya, mimicking Anya's "lines" as though he was talking to Xander. Xander, while initially dismissing Andrew as "annoying," became fond of him over time, sending him an mbuna fish as a present when Xander was supposedly in Africa. While training his Slayers in Italy, Andrew remained in frequent contact with the Scotland-based Xander.
- Spike - Spike and Andrew became friends during a mission to find out more about Caleb. Spike was either oblivious or indifferent to Andrew's apparent crush on him, and surprisingly tolerant of his annoying habits. When the Trio's secret cameras revealed Spike getting physically intimate with Anya in The Magic Box, Andrew said that Spike was "so cool," before hurriedly adding, "the girl's hot, too." While recording the Scoobies on his video camera, Andrew envisioned a bare-chested Spike in a romance novel type pose with Buffy; later, Spike showed interest in Andrew's interviews and willingly played along. Andrew was devastated by Spike's death at the Hellmouth, and was delighted to find him alive and well in Los Angeles, tearfully comparing his resurrection to that of Gandalf's from The Lord of the Rings. Andrew once commented that Spike's senses were "as well honed as his Viggo Mortensen pectorals." Spike held some affection for Andrew, tolerating several hugs from him and, upon learning how he had stood up to Angel, remarked that there was "hope for the little ponce yet." However, their friendship became strained when Spike found out that Andrew had replaced Buffy with a robot copy. Spike was infuriated at Andrew for his carelessness, and even went so far as offering to kill him if Buffy asked him to. Despite this mishap, Spike still trusted Andrew enough to let him restore Buffy's mind (in the Buffybot) into her real body. 
- Anya Jenkins - Andrew developed an odd friendship with Anya, who he described as "the perfect woman," a statement which Anya very much agreed with. In his video diary, Andrew introduced her as "a feisty waif with a fiery temper and a vulnerable heart that she hides, even from herself." When Anya died, Andrew heroicized her to ex-boyfriend Xander, telling him that she died saving his life. He also avenged her death, killing the Bringer that killed her.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by Tom Lenk.
- Andrew has appeared in 28 Buffyverse episodes. He appeared in 11 episodes in season six of Buffy and 15 in the seventh season. Tom Lenk also made two "Special Guest Star" appearances in Angel season five, in episodes "Damage" and "The Girl in Question".
- Additionally, since "Never Leave Me", Andrew consistently appeared in the remaining episodes of Buffy.
- In January 2008, gay men's website AfterElton.com awarded Andrew the status as the tenth best gay or bisexual character in modern science fiction, despite commenting upon the textual ambiguity of Andrew's sexual orientation.
- In an interview with The Advocate magazine, Joss Whedon confirmed Andrew's hinted homosexuality, stating that it was inspired by actor Tom Lenk:
- "Tom has a bit of a fey thing going on in his persona that, you know, you can't really deny. When I first looked at his audition tape, I said "OK, he, uh, he seems kinda gay. Do we want to make that decision [about the character]? There's no reason why he couldn't be, so, great, let's pick the funniest actor." [...] The character became very charming in his complete lack of awareness about, among other things, his own sexuality."
- Discussing Andrew's moment in "Chosen", where he tells Xander that Anya saved his life, Joss Whedon says:
- "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."
- Joss Whedon later indicated in interviews that, had the show continued for another season, Lenk would probably have been promoted to main cast status.
- A recurring gag throughout all of Season Six and early Season Seven is that the Scooby Gang are completely unable to recall Andrew's name, often referring to him as "Tucker's brother", "what's-his-name", "what's-his-face", and "the other guy". Though this gag seemingly ends by the time of "Storyteller", it is revisited in "Twilight", in which Angel has trouble recognizing him.
- Oddly enough, even characters who never actually met Tucker, such as Tara and Spike, recognize him when he is identified as Tucker's brother.
- There have been a lot of complaints and judgement of the Buffy writers (as seen in the letters to Scott Allie in the individual Buffy comics), that they are anti-gay and only willing to portray lesbian scenes and couples. i.e. Willow with Tara and Kennedy and Buffy with Satsu. This is due to the fact that the only gay character hasn't had a relationship yet and only seems to be there for comedy. However, it has now been confirmed that a new gay character will be introduced in Buffy Season 9. So this is a possible relationship for Andrew (a possible image of him may be seen on the fourth issue variant cover). A new openly gay character is being developed by Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg and will appear about midway through the season, as part of the regular series. He's connected to the "changes in magic and the changes in the Slayer line". He'll "be a counterpart" (possibly to Buffy) who was just an everyday guy until the destruction of the Seed did something dramatic, and now he has "another way of slaying vampires".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Flooded"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Seeing Red"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Predators and Prey"
- ↑ "The Prom"
- ↑ "Smashed"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Life Serial"
- ↑ "Dead Things"
- ↑ "Normal Again"
- ↑ "Villains"
- ↑ "Two to Go"
- ↑ "Grave"
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 "Storyteller
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "Conversations with Dead People"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "Never Leave Me"
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 "First Date"
- ↑ "Get it Done"
- ↑ "The Killer in Me"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 "Chosen"
- ↑ "The Chain"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 "Damage"
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 "The Long Way Home, Part Two"
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 "The Girl in Question"
- ↑ "A Beautiful Sunset"
- ↑ "Wolves at the Gate, Part Four"
- ↑ "Harmonic Divergence"
- ↑ "Retreat, Part I"
- ↑ "Retreat, Part III
- ↑ "Retreat, Parts IV-V
- ↑ "Turbulence"
- ↑ "Twilight", Parts I-IV.
- ↑ "Showtime
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 "The Long Way Home, Part Three"
- ↑ Freefall
- ↑ "The Killer in Me"
- ↑ "Empty Places
- ↑ "Entropy"
- ↑ "Apart (of Me)
- ↑ "End of Days"
- ↑ Ten Best Gay and Bisexual Science Fiction Characters
- ↑ "Coming Out But Canceled" The Advocate #1019, November 18, 2008
- ↑ "Chosen" commentary