Willow Rosenberg

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“You’re the Slayer, and we’re, like, the Slayerettes!” – Willow Rosenberg

For me, Willow Rosenberg is probably my favorite character (With Anya a close second).  Although the show is primarily based on Buffy Summers and her conquest of they with sharp teeth and pale skin, Willow is the most diverse. She goes from dorky high-school student, to innovative cool lesbian Wicca college student, to black-haired crazy ‘i want to end the worlds sufferings by ending the world’ evil villain. Not even the infamous Buffy Summers can top that.

I mentioned with Buffy/Sarah Michelle Gellar, that casting was really key to her character being so wonderful, and i truly believe that. It blows my mind that for one unaired pilot episode the lovely Alyson Hannigan did not portray our loveably dorky Willow. I have never seen this episode, and most of me never wants to. I cannot immagine Willow being anyone else. Alyson Hannigan, Unlike SMG was compared to Willow more because of how remotely realistic the character could have been (minus destroying the world.) Alyson quickly broke from the character by singing onto the American Pie series, where she was a little dorky, she was definitely far from Willow. Now we can see her on How I Met Your Mother, just as hilarious as ever. (Who else thinks it’s awesome that she found her husband via. Buffy? :) )

Any blog about Willow Rosenburg would be incomplete without answering a few major questions and addressing many key points in the characters development. And i most definitely will be addressing them! Why don’t we start from the beginning. Willow is first shown to us when Cordelia Chase is attempting to show Buffy the popular ropes of Sunnydale High. At first, it looks like Willow is just a background extra drinking from a fountain, until Cordelia makes fun of her and we are given an idea of how weak and polite Miss.Rosenburg is, even to her bully. Still, as a first-viewer your unsure of where her character stands. Bu the end of the first episode its completely clear that Willow is probably going to be around for a while.

Willow, although she does evolve a lot, she stays surprisingly the same. Willow has always and will always be the super smart one in the group. This is important not only because it helps save the day in just about every episode, but also because it glorifies knowledge. Willow’s character encourages the young girls and women watching that smart can be sexy, and fun. Something that Buffy never really displays that message, and it’s a super important one!

  I personally believe that Willow is a part of two of the BEST BTVS relationships to date. Yes, i love Buffy and all of her men just as much as the next person, and Anya and Xander are the longest going couple, but for me its Willow and Oz vs. Willow and Tara for best couple..

Willow was a shy nerdy girl who had a crush on her best friend when we first met her. I firmly believe that the Willow that we know at the end of Season 7 would not have been possible if it was not for Oz. Although she will never be as care-free as Oz was, she really opened up and in, my opinion, found her self when she was with Oz. They were such a cute couple to boot! Minus his whole werwolf/Verucca thing, he was the perfect boyfriend, and he was funny!!

Willow and Tara are ironically a totally different story. Although Tara really does help Willow continue to grow, when Willow and Tara meet its Tara that is the shy insecure one. Willow and Tara’s relationship was very risky and monumental. Willow and Tara were the first long-term lesbian couple television has ever seen. Although they didn’t produce the first lesbian kiss on T.V they were the first series to not do it in a sleazy way, looking to increase viewership. Willow and Tara’s first televised kiss was in the episode ‘The Body’. Its not done in a ‘i want you’ kinda way, Tara is comforting her girlfriend in a time of loss and sorrow. Marti Noxon, Co-producer and writer for BTVS was told that it wouldn’t work if she did a long-term lesbian relationship because, “If they kiss more then once, that means they liked it”. I personally am glad they went for it, later producing the first lesbian sex scene in T.V. history. This is simply just another way Buffy paved the road for years to come.

You cannot talk about Willow without bringing up her Wiccan ‘roots’.

Dark Willow v. White Willow. Both situations, White Willow wins. White Willow is not only more powerful, but she’s good.

To properly discuss her two wiccan sides, we have to go to the beginning.

Willow got interested in Wicca because she was around all this mystical stuff, all the time, and she wanted to help out. Her first major spell was restoring Angel’s soul at the end of Becoming part 2. We were shown a glimpse of how dangerous this was here because Willow almost couldn’t complete the spell, in fact she failed completely the first time she tried it.  Her Wiccan abilities prove very useful both for the Scoobies’ and for the plot of the show. We see her start to spin out of control after she brings Buffy back from the dead in the beginning of season  6. Season 6 is mainly focused on Willow’s magic (and The Trio, haha :) <3). We see Tara get bothered with the amount of magic she uses, and we see the consequences of her magic, and how she has spiraled so far down this path that she thinks its smart to solve the problems she created with magic with even more magic, which we see backfire in the season 6 episode ‘Tabula Rasa. (Which is foreshadowing of Dollhouse, believe it or not!)

We know what caused Dark Willow, Warren came to Buffy’s house and shot her, with hopes of killing her. He didn’t even realize that he fired another bullet that flew into Willow and Tara’s bedroom killing Tara instantly. Willow tries calling upon the God Osiris, but he is of no help because this was not a mystical death. Willow decides to take matters into her own hands no matter what. We are all very aware of what happens next, and now we’ll get into the short-lived White Willow.

When Buffy asks Willow to use the essence of the Scythe or battleaxe to break the rules of slayer-hood and make every potential slayer ever a slayer right now, Will was clearly scared. She was worried she was gonna go dark again, i don’t think she realized that when she used good magic, she might go white. It’s arguable that one could say Willow and Spike are the ones who saved the world from The First, and honestly that’s sorta how i see it sometimes. But in the end, i always realize that it’s a group effort, it’s always a group effort.

Willow Rosenburg; Brilliant, beautiful, powerful.

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Whedon, Joss, and Marti Noxon. Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Los Angles, California, 1997-2003. Television.

One response »

  1. I loved the article. It’s a great tribute to Willow, whom is my favorite character on the show, and my favorite witch to date.

    Just a few minor things: You mention a god Cyrus; it’s actually Osiris, the Egyptian God of the Dead. She called him forth because it was the Urn of Osiris used during Buffy’s resurrection ritual that brought the Slayer back; Willow figured he’d be able to do it again with Tara. This, however, wasn’t the case.

    Lastly, you mention a Sye, the battleaxe, but it’s the Slayer scythe. It could be a typo or a different word for the weapon. So ignore this comment if it is.

    I hope you don’t mind my few criticisms. I loved the article, honestly, and you’re a great writer. You brought up things about Will’s relationships I hadn’t thought about before, such as Oz helping her open up, and how she did the same with Tara. I just figured I could help somehow.

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