Know Your Idols #6 Buffy Summers

by Honeybadger

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the quippiest heroine to ever stop the apocalypse, what 7 times? Although technically having stopped the apocalypse means she hasn’t survived one, but she has certainly faced down enough to count in our Idols series.

What’s her deal?
Buffy Summers was a cheerleader, prom queen, airhead type until she came into her birthright as the Vampire slayer. In real terms this means killing any demonic or otherworldly nasties that come her way. Vampires, fairy tale creatures, demons, uber vamps, elected members that turn into giant snakes (this might be happening locally, be on the look out), whatever comes along, even kicking the ass of another slayer gone rogue. Buffy has the additional disadvantage of having to balance all that slaying with school, homework and trying to have some semblance of a life, on the plus side she gets Scoobies, how many apocalyptic heroines get a decent sized group of friends. She also gets Rupert Giles her watcher and she gets to quip.

Research:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie: 1992 with Kirsty Swanson in the lead role
Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons 1 – 7 : 1997 – 2003
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics: continue after the series end.

She Says:
“Giles, care? I’m putting my life on the line, battling the undead. Look, I broke a nail, ok? I’m wearing a press-on. The least you could do is exhibit some casual interest; you can go hmm.”
“Oh! I know this one: “Slaying entails certain sacrifices… blah blah bity blah. I’m so stuffy, give me a scone.”
“I’m gonna need a weapon. I’m gonna need a _big_ weapon.”

She died twice, she brings the witty one liners and the death to evil beings. Sadly she is not immune from prosecution so she can’t kill humans just for being annoying, but she did effectively blow her home town off the map. Our girl also shared her power turning every potential into a slayer in a bold move.

Since Buffy doesn’t work alone I want to offer a shout out to a couple of other women in BTVS who merit a mention.
Willow Rosenburg – at first a quiet geeky sidekick Willow made with the computer wizardry and then kicked it up with the magic. She did go a little dark and veiny for a while, but in the end she comes through with the big magics and the saving the world again.
Anya – Once a vengeance demon Anya becomes human but remains oddly literal, obsessed with money and scared of bunnies. She’s not the bravest or the smartest of the scoobies, but she has a lot of decent intel and in the end proves herself a real heroine in her own right.
Faith – another slayer, coming into it when Kendra died, although she went evil for a while, Faith is sexy, mouthy and kick ass, slightly unhinged, but definitely a heroine.

Honeybadger out

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