In honour of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s 20th anniversary, and in the spirit of International Women’s Day, this week’s Flash Five is dedicated to my favourite ladies of my favourite show! To this day, Buffy is still iconic. I’ve yet to come across a show I enjoy quite as much and doubt I ever will; growing up with Joss Whedon’s brainchild has secured Buffy a place firmly in my heart. With so many beloved characters to choose from, narrowing down my top five ladies was no mean feat. But, here’s who made the cut!
Dare I say it, but Glory is my favourite villain of Buffy. She was the saving grace of season five, after it bestowed Dawn on us and Riley’s decent into insufferableness. Like Cordelia on steroids, Glory is crazy, powerful and beautiful. She is also the reason for one of the best Buffy moments of all time in The Gift. If you don’t cry during that final scene, you absolutely do not have a heart. If I had to choose what kind of baddie I’d be, an evil goddess like Glory would be my first choice.
4) Tara Maclay
As half of one of the best couples on the show, I had to include Tara in my top five. I could relate to her shyness when I was younger, so took to her straight away when she was introduced in season four. Watching magic bring her and Willow together, then slowly tear them apart, makes their relationship one of the most heartbreaking. Joss Whedon shows us his sadistic side when the pair finally reunite, only to be tragically separated again. I still haven’t forgave you, Joss!
3) Willow Rosenberg
Watching Willow grow from an introverted geek to a strong gay woman makes her one of the best characters on the show. She also had the sweetest relationships on the show with Oz and Tara. Undoubtedly one of the most important gay couples to grace our screens, Willow and Tara are the most organic couple on the show. Their journey is never contrived or forced, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when it comes to an abrupt end.
2) Buffy Summers
It’s not often that the main character of a show is the best part of it, but Buffy holds her own for all seven seasons. She is a pop culture icon; a feminist hero that taught me that women are strong. Buffy grows from a feisty teen to a powerful woman, who always puts the fate of the world before herself. Not only does she give up the one she loves to protect it, she even sacrifices herself for the greater good. She saved the world. A lot.
The antithesis to Buffy, Faith’s impact on the show was undeniable. We were so used to seeing the righteous side of being a Slayer that it was startling to see the darker side. Faith used her power for her own benefit, quickly descending into the underbelly of a world she had long turned her back on. But, the reason why Faith is my favourite character is because she had the best redemption arc of the show. We watched Faith go from a rogue murderer to an irreplaceable member of the Scoobie gang, standing tall beside them in the final episode.