Buffy Anne Summers

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“I’m not just some crazy person. I’m the Slayer” – Buffy Summers

 Buffy Anne Summer is probably the most infamous and iconic female character T.V has ever seen. Joss Whedon provided the perfect character description, Pretty, a tad snobby, not book smart, but she makes up for it with slayer skills and street smarts (it evens out right! 🙂 ) Buffy is far from perfect. She’s emotional, and secretive and she has the fate of the world on her shoulders every day of her life. She’s a dynamic and innovative character. That said, Buffy Summers would be nothing if they had cast her wrong.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was the perfect choice. She IS Buffy Summers.  The interesting thing about SMG is that, yes she will always carry around her Buffy fame, but people see her as the actress not the character. Part of this is because it’s (not been proven) impossible for her character to be real. Society ‘knows’ that vampires aren’t real, therefore they don’t judge her based on Buffy’s personality.

Buffy Summers is strung through various detrimental situations. She cracked at points, and threatened to give up but she never did. Somehow she always managed to persevere, her friends and family were definitely always a strong key to keeping her strong. Because that’s exactly what she is Strong. She holds an idealistic vibe to her that everyone strives to have.  Of course, nobody is perfect and Buffy Summers is definitely not, but she never gives up. When she was told she would die if she fought The Master durring his harvest, she got scared, but then went for it. She died for a few seconds, sure, but good ol’ Xander was there to bring her back, then she dusted The Master, stopping the apocalypse. Almost every episode she faces a moral challenge, she may not always do the right thing or figure it out on her own, but she never backs down, even when every single sign points to her failure.

Buffy is most definitely a dynamic character, we get the privilege to watch her grow and evolve through out the 7 year reign that she was on television. For those of us who have seen the movie from the 80’s, or for all of us who have watched Season 2 episode 21 (Becoming Part One) we have gotten a glimpse at how Buffy Summers acted when she attended Hemery High back in Los Angles before she moved to Sunnydale at the beginning of season 1. We know that in L.A she was arguably worse then Cordelia ever was, shes genuinely hate-able. The first episode of Season 1, she clearly has already changed, and we know this because of the way she treats Willow, Xander and Jesse (Well, until he was turned into a vamp, then she was pretty set on staking him). Buffy only evolves more and more until she is the person we see towards the end of season 7, a strong confident determined woman.

 It would be impossible to talk about Buffy Summers without discussing her relationships. Buffy and Angel are one of T.V.’s most infamous and tragic love stories. In the beginning of the series you want Buffy and Angel to work, you want them to be happy and together with no limitations and no boundaries. We also, however, know that this is impossible and that there will probably be something that tears them apart.

   {Okay, just to clarify. I don’t think Angel and Buffy can really ever be together. If they have sex, he turns evil. And im sorry, but what’s the point of being in a relationship if the moment you get a little frisky, your significant other literally turns evil and tries to drain your blood?} With that said… i still want them together. I know they never will be, but i still want it. Its bad and i shouldn’t, but i just do.

Angel is a really sweet guy, he loves Buffy so much that it makes the viewers heart hurt. Their a tragic forbidden love, who look AWESOME together, and really know how to kick some ass.

The thing i love about Buffy and Riley Finn is that she really thought that he was going to be her nice normal guy, so she was worried that he would be freaked out if/when he found out she was the slayer. Riley thought Buffy was a normal girl, so he was then scared that she would react poorly when she found out about his work with The Initiative. Buffy and Riley are nice, relatively normal (as normal as two people like them can be)  and they are cute. So, we know that something bad is going to happen.

Spike begins to slowly climb abord the ‘Im obsessed with Buffy express’ causing an issue with Ruffy (Yes, im giving them a combo name, and Biley sounds like a bisexual Miley Cyrus.. doesn’t it?) Then Spike starts interfering more and more, showing Buffy the place where Riley has been sneaking off to to get his blood sucked, to feel ‘alive’. Bull shit. So everyone expects Buffy to be the one with the right to be angry because well, Riley shouldn’t have done that, right? Wrong, Good ol’ Xander once again swoops in with some great advice.  So it’s extra depressing when Buffy is trying to run to get to Riley in time, and she doesn’t make it.  But that’s a good thing according to some people (like me) who really like Spike and Buffy.

 Everyone knows that once Riley is out of the picture, Spike is going to try and make a move. And we all knew (or thought we did) that Buffy would shoot him down. She did, for a mass majority of season 5 only letting him close a few times. There is two emotional scenes with Buffy and Spike in season 6 episode 3, After Life. When Spike sees that Buffy is back, he consuls her, and helps her heal her wounded hands, knowing the wounds well, as he too has dug his way out of a coffin once. Then when Buffy confides in Spike that she believes she was in Heaven, and that she was torn out of there by her friends. This is important because it is the first time Buffy lets Spike in. Their relationship builds in secret, as Buffy is afraid that she will be judged for being with Spike. Something that Spike knows and is offended by. When Buffy decides she wants to end her fling with Spike, he can’t handle it, and in the episode ‘Seeing Red’ he attempts to rape her. Not following through with it, he storms out. In the episode Villains he leaves for Africa in hopes of redeeming his soul through a series of trials. Although he got his soul back, Buffy and Spike don’t ever get back together until the end of Season 7, and only for an episode or 3.

Buffy Summers; Slayer, The. She who hangs out in graveyards.

Buffy Summers; strong independent woman. Amazing friend, sister and person. Difficult? Yes. Scared, tired, confused, of course. But she’s always there when it counts.

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

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6 responses »

  1. great job in describing buffy! are you going to be doing character analysis for all of the cast.. even the ones like spike and faith? i would love to read about all of them!

  2. Congrats on this blog. I just purchased my BTVS DVD collection and I am enjoying episode by episode. I love your relationship analysis. I for one think that Angel and Buffy are soul mates. And I think that Joss has meant it that way. So you feel the pain when you realize that Buffy and Angel for ever is impossible. It is also first love. It is a parallel to real life first passionate love. It is so similar it is scary.
    Buffy and Riley is more a seal your wounds kind of relationship. They work. It is normal. The thing is that Buffy is not completely over Angel. She does not let the boy in. And when you are not in love… things just don’t work out.
    I hate to admit it, but Spike is the most reasonable choice. This relationship is so mature. It is the type of relationship that comes once you are ready to settle down. There is always one the loves more. And there is always another that receives the love willingly. Spike and Buffy are the typical grown up relationship. They have there downs… which are really dark. But their ups are so satisfying. “Just laying in bed with the one you love without doing anything”. That is just Priceless.
    Keep up the Great posts
    We will keep on reading.

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate the feed back. I don’t know if you have checked back recently, but check out the new ‘NEWS FLASH’ Post. Next month i’m going to be doing an episode by episode themed blog, once i have finished the remainder of character analysis’.

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