Faith… starts with F

Oh, Faith, how I love thee, let me count the ways.

Faith is one of my all time favorite characters of the Buffyverse.  And it’s not because I absolutely adore Eliza Dushku, because I do.  It’s that Faith is the antithesis of Buffy.  I love Buffy as a character, but Faith is the darkside.  Anything you ever wondered if Buffy could or would do, Faith has already done it.

Faith isn’t supposed to exist with Buffy.  Buffy died.  The Kendra was called, thus beginning the two Slayer game.  Then Kendra died, and Faith enters into the picture.  Buffy and Faith never get along.  In the beginning, Faith tries dragging Buffy to the darkside by showing her how to party like a rockstar, and Buffy enjoys it until Faith takes it a step too far and kills a civilian.  Then Faith spirals and really turns evil.

She does eventually find redemption with the help of Angel, and reappears in Sunnydale when she finds out the First is trying to kill off and end the Slayer line.

As much as I love evil, season 3 Faith who is the hard partier and the anti-but-wannabe-Buffy, I love season 7 Faith so much more because she found redemption but STILL doesn’t get along with Buffy.  But they try, for the sake of humanity and their Slayerhood.  And they have such great chemistry – it’s like their sisters, “but with really different hair” (Cordelia, Season 2, Reptile Boy).

Some of my favorite Faith quotes:

Are you the bad Slayer now?  Am I the good Slayer now?

And this exchange kills me everytime because it tells everything.  It explains their whole story.  And it’s funny.

Faith:  Okay, the point. Me, by myself, all the time. I’m looking at you, everything you have and, I don’t know…  jealous. Then there I am, everybody’s looking to me, trusting me to lead them and I’ve never felt so alone in my entire life.

Buffy: Yeah.

Faith:  And that’s you everyday, isn’t it?

Buffy:   I love my friends. I’m very grateful for them. But that’s the price of being a Slayer.

Faith: There’s only supposed to be one. Maybe that’s why you and I can never get along. We’re not supposed to exist together.

Buffy:  Also, you went evil and were killing people.

Faith:  Good point.  Also a factor.

Buffy:  But you’re right. I mean, I guess everyone’s alone but being a Slayer? There’s a burden we can’t share.

Faith: And no one else can feel it. (beat) Thank god we’re hot chicks with superpowers.

Buffy:  Takes the edge off.

So, Faith.  Love her.

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Dawn… starts with D

Probably an obvious choice for D… or maybe not.

Dawn started out being my least favorite character (along with Riley), but as she became more integrated with the group, the higher up my like list she got.

A few things about Dawn:

  • She was the Key.
  • She was inserted into Buffy‘s life/world by monks trying to save the world.
  • Glory was obsessed with finding the key so she could go home to her own dimension.
  • Dawn was ready to sacrifice herself to save the world – but Buffy did it first.
  • Once, she thought she was a potential Slayer, but promptly and nobly gave up the responsibility when the time was right.

Sure, Dawn was why and annoying at times, but she did get some redeeming qualities the more integrated she became.  In season 5, she was the obnoxious and annoying little sister, but season 6 saw a whole new Dawn.  She’d lost her mother, then her sister.  I think she did some growing up.  Of course, she had her moments of being the annoying little sister still.  But that had nearly totally disappeared by season 7, where she was becoming a pro Watcher-in-Training.

I promise, Dawn, I won’t hate you anymore.

Big Bads… start with B

Big Bads.  Villains.  Evil Nasties.  They go by so many names.  But they’re all just evil.  And magnificent.

Throughout the seven seasons of Buffy, there were lots of bad guys and vampires and annoyances, but there were really only seven Big Bads, which *I* classify to be the season long bad guy whose arc culminates in a big demonstration during the season finale.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the Big Bads by season:

The Master – Couldn’t get out of the Hellmouth until Buffy was dead.  But she was resuscitated, and killed him by dropping him through the ceiling of the library on a massive stake.

Angelus – After sleeping with Buffy, Angel lost his soul and turned into Angelus, the former big bad, evil vampire with an affinity for really REALLY hurting people.  Especially Buffy.  He almost destroyed the world with Acathala, but Buffy put a sword through him in the 11th hour, sending him to hell.  And her to LA.

Mayor Richard Wilkins III – Probably the funniest Big Bad, and huge germaphobe.  He’d been alive for 100 plus years and was finally about to reach immortality by becoming a true demon.  But his snakey self was vulnerable, and he blew up in the school.

Adam – Ugh.  Hate this guy.  Buffy used the essence of all her friends to pull out his power center and disintegrate it.  Then the gang dreamt about the first Slayer.

Glory – Evil hell-bitch with a split personality she shares with mortal named Ben.  After having found the key, Dawn, she tied opening a porthole to get her home to her own hell dimension, which would have destroyed the world.  Giles took her out by killing her mortal half, Ben.  Then Buffy sacrificed herself to save the world from being destroyed.

Evil Willow – Willow began to spiral in a drug/magic metaphor wherein her girlfriend Tara leaves her, and when they finally get back together, Tara dies at the hands of Warren.  Evil goes all black hair and kills Warren and begins more destruction, only to be saved by Xander and his yellow crayon speech.

The First Evil – The culmination of all the evil in the world, and alleges that it cannot be defeated.  It appears in various forms, including previous Big Bads, which makes the montage so awesome.  Buffy can’t defeat the First Evil per se, but destroys the Turok h’an that the First sends to destroy the world, and all the Slayers.  Spike helps in that destruction by wearing a trasnporty necklace that sends him to LA once the fight is over.

And there you have it.  Buffy Big Bads.  Love them or hate them, they make Buffy’s life more difficult, and certainly more interesting.

30 Days of Buffy Day 9: Favorite Romance

As if there wasn’t a harder question to ask.  And what criteria do you use?  Actually, this was a really simple question to answer, and I’m going to go with the first answer that popped into my head: Spike and Buffy (Spuffy).

When I look for a romance or love story, I want something that will make me laugh and cry in the same moment.  One that gives me goosebumps and butterflies because it’s just. that. good.  And Joss Whedon is certainly one to make all those things happen.  But for me, it happened with Spuffy.

And it’s not because of the hot sex or the fact that I love James Marsters.  It’s so much more than that.

I love that Buffy and Spike hated each other when they met.  I love that they tried to kill each other.  I love that out of that hatred, Spike found a soft spot for Buffy in that he couldn’t get her out of his head.

“We have something, Buffy. It’s not pretty, but it’s real, and there’s nothing either one of us can do about it. Like it or not, I’m in your life, you can’t just shut me out.”   Spike, Crush

And from there, it progressed.  Sure, Buffy eventually gave in to Spike, claiming she never really loved him.  But by the end of season 7, when Buffy realized she had no other ally in the biggest fight of her life, Spike was there to prove how much he loved her.  Not for him, and not for any other reason than she was who she was.

“You listen to me. I’ve been alive a bit longer than you and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine and done things I’d prefer you didn’t. I don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain so I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years and there?s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I’m not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it’s not because I want you, or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You are a hell of a woman. You’re the one, Buffy.”  Spike, Touched

It was pure and it was real.  Soul or no soul, Spike didn’t need it to love Buffy.

And there you have it.  My long-winded answer about my favorite romance.

30 Days of Buffy Day 6: Favorite Male Character

GilesXander.  Spike.  Angel.  On a show where there are so many strong female characters it’s sometimes difficult to find really strong, worthy male characters.  Each one has their own special thing about them that makes them great.

Although I love the Spike/Angel banter and each individual relationship they have with Buffy, I am going to have to eliminate both vampires.  Vampires with souls are hilarious, and they both have some great lines on both Angel and Buffy when it comes to Buffy.

That leaves Giles and Xander.

Both have amazing lines.  Both have been huge influences in Buffy’s life and have helped her in the Scooby gang since the beginning.

Giles is the father figure of the group, and for Buffy.  And he was The Ripper.  He has counseled all the Scoobies at one time or another and really was an influential part of the gang.

However, I’m going to go with Xander.

Xander is like the boy next door and brother and personal hero all rolled into one.  He’s a civilian, and the speech he makes to Dawn in “Potential” nails down why exactly he is my favorite character:

Xander: Seven years, Dawn. Working with the slayer. Seeing my friends get more and more powerful. A witch. A demon. Hell, I could fit Oz in my shaving kit, but come a full moon, he had a wolfy mojo not to be messed with. Powerful. All of them. And I’m the guy who fixes the windows…. They’ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn’t chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody’s watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You’re not special. You’re extraordinary.

Dawn: Maybe that’s your power.

Xander: What?

Dawn: Seeing.  Knowing.

Xander: Maybe it is.  Maybe I should get a cape.

Also, he stopped Willow from destroying the world.  And that way pretty cool.

30 Days of Buffy Day 4: Favorite Female Character

With a show like Buffy that is centered around strong female characters, it’s hard to pick just one as my favorite.  Buffy is the center.  Willow, Anya, Cordelia.  All amazing women.  Even Joyce, Tara and Dawn have some pretty amazing moments.

However, I will say that my favorite female character is Faith.  She’s the anti-Slayer and Buffy’s polar opposite.  They never got along and were never going to, and Faith knew it.

There’s only supposed to be one.  Maybe that’s why you and I can never get along.  We’re not supposed to exist together.

Her dance between good and evil is one for the books.  She constantly struggles to find her identity and her place in the world, but does she ever really find it?  She goes from Buffy to Angel and her journey is never ending.

And she has some pretty great lines.

You’re the bad slayer now?  I’m the good slayer now?

You need to brush up on your Buffy and Faith history.

So, Faith is definitely my favorite female character.  However, some others deserve honorable mentions:

  • Willow, for being so witty and smart and the girl next door.
  • Anya for not having a filter and just saying whatever she thinks.
  • Joyce for being the overall mother figure and being so strong in the face of such interesting circumstances
  • Cordelia for being about saying what she’s thinking and eventually becoming a more amazing hero than anyone thought.