Character's finest moments Warning: this page contains info about episodes up through season 7 BtVS/season 5 AtS. If you're in danger of being spoiled, proceed with caution.

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"Have you ever heard the expression, 'biting off more than you can chew?'" --Buffy to a vampire

Saving friends and innocents

If our childhood fantasies are any indication of who we are deep down, then a slayer is who Buffy truly is. As a child, she play-acted "Power Girl" the superhero. At 17, it's no fantasy:

"There's also real heroes that fight monsters. And that's me."

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Buffy's heroic save-age moments |
Buffy's human baddie list |

"There are a lot scarier things than you. And I'm one of them."

                                                      -- Buffy, Nightmares

Best kills

Buffy's finest moment: Easily, stabbing Angel and saving the world from getting sucked into Hell (golden girl, Dec 28 20:54 1998).

"You can never hope to grasp the source of our power."

I wish I could be a lot of things for you. A great student. A star athlete. Remotely normal. I'm not. But there is one thing that I can do that I do better than anyone else in the world.

--Buffy to her mother, Graduation, pt. 1

Moments of moral weakness

The Slayer's friends are as complex as Buffy--heroes in their own right. Here are just some of their heroic moments:


Giles' finest moments

The moral ambiguity of Giles


Willow's witchhood

The not-so hesitant hacker


Other finest moments:

The Moral Ambiguity of Willow

In some ways, he's the everyman heart of the show (Llewellyn, Oct 5 19:48 1999).

"Oh, he's gallant, isn't he? I understand what you saw in him." --D'Hoffryn to Anya, on Xander

Xander's finest moments

~ Thanks to: Bruces Mom (Mar 11 22:45 1999)

[Xander] has heart -- that's his contribution ...he has no supernatural powers or arcane knowledge, but he's still ready to give demon-fighting his best shot. Literally, in this episode -- nice aim! (C. Roberson May 16, 2000, 9:37 pm)

Xander, attitude boy


Scooby gang member:

Willow save-age:

Other heroic moments:

Oz vs. Oz-wolf


For the ex-man killing demon, that humanity thing is still a work in progress. But there is poetic irony in the fact that she is finding her humanity through her love for a mortal man.

Xander save-age:

...her sacrifice of pushing [Xander] out of the way and letting the debris fall on her answered all of Willow's questions about whether Anya would "hurt" Xander in the end (rowan, 13:44 5/25/01).

Scooby gang member:

Andrew: She was incredible. She died saving my life.
Xander: That's my girl... always doing the stupid thing.

The metaphysics of Anya

The morally ambiguous Anya

The evil of Anyanka


Riley actually does have a say in it - he can just walk out and choose not to fight evil, if he wished. Buffy certainly doesn't have that choice. And Angel is pretty much locked into evil fighting mode as well. ...Riley is just someone who got caught up in it all because he is good at what he does (Acathla, Feb 15 23:04 2000).

Riley's finest moments:

  • gives Buffy an academic "pep talk" (Fear, Itself).
  • pulls Willow out of the path of an oncoming car.
  • hunts demons as part of the Initiative and with Buffy
  • prevents two men unable to talk out their differences from fighting, and bravely approaches the Gentlemen's hide-out and tries to fight them. In "Hush" it was he who smashed the magic box (Rags, Jan 19 20:55 2000).
  • pulls Buffy back out of the Hellmouth pit.

Riley is to my mind the role model of a perfect boyfriend. Attentive, romantic, caring, accepting of her incredibly weird life (Jolly, 11-Oct-00 19:54).

The moral ambiguity of Riley


Tara's finest moments:

The moral ambiguity of Tara


Good deeds of the littlest Summers:

The moral ambiguity of Dawn


Spike has always been one of the most morally ambiguous characters in the Buffyverse, not averse to making deals with the good guys to get what he wants. When he was chipped, he got a built-in meter of "good" and "not good" put in his head, and he followed Buffy's example more and more often. But his motives were always difficult to interpret. Now he has a soul, and a real chance to choose between good and evil.

Highlights of Spike's journey to the light side:

Souled Spike's finest moments

The moral ambiguity of Spike

The evil of Spike

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