Since I'm four seasons into my Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch, I figured it was time to do a Woman Crush Wednesday on some of the fabulous female characters that exist in the Buffyverse. Of course, some of my favourites are a little more "bad" than "good", so you'll have a lot more to read about next month. For the meantime, enjoy this post about two of the most complex ladies on the show, Buffy Summers and her BFF, Willow Rosenberg.
Well, obvs Buffy was going to make it into a WCW post at some point. Girl is BADASS. She's tough and smart (more street-smart than book-smart, to be honest), and has some of the best fighting skillz I've ever seen. But she isn't just about the slayage; no, our girl Buffy has other things to worry about on top of dusting vampires, including dating, trying to fit in at school, and making sure her hair always looks good (I don't think she explicitly mentions spending time on her hair, but since it's usually flawless, I'm going to assume she takes a moment or ten to look in the mirror before she leaves the house everyday).
"I hate this. I hate being here. I hate that you have to be here. I hate that there's evil and that I was chosen to fight it. I wish a whole lot of the time that I hadn't been. I know a lot of you wish I hadn't been, either. This isn't about wishes. This is about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes. Not when its army is ready. Now."
Even if she doesn't always love her job – it can get in the way of meeting a cute (undead) guy, for example – she does what she has to do to keep people safe, especially if any of her loved ones are in peril. Loyalty and strength (of all types) are wonderful traits, and Buffy definitely has those.
As the best friend of the slayer, Willow could have been nothing more than a supporting character, good for comic relief but not developed enough to hold her own interesting storylines (you know, sort of like Xander, who doesn't really do much for the first few seasons). Instead, she's just as strong as Buffy, though in a different way. She's the book-smart one, the one most likely to research an answer before diving recklessly into action. She's the type of heroine that more YA novels need: sort of nerdy, interested in science and computers, not very popular, but still more than capable of doing her thing without changing herself. Heck, she even attracts the attention of the aloof yet popular musician (gah, I ship Willow/Oz so hard), without compromising who she is as a person or getting a makeover or whatever it is that usually happens to nerdy girls in pop culture.
"Here [at college], the energy, the-the collective intelligence, it's like this force, this penetrating force, and I can just feel my mind opening up, you know? And letting this place just thrust into and spurt knowledge into... that sentence ended up in a different place than it started out in."
In later seasons, Willow (spoiler alert?) identifies as a lesbian and begins a relationship with a fellow witch named Tara. I don't actually like Tara that much, but her arc does lead to Willow momentarily going Dark, which is fascinating, and I can't wait for that because Dark Willow is just as badass as Regular Willow except with black eyes. Plus it gives Willow a chance to let her powers really (literally) flow and it's cool to see her grow with them.
I'm sure there are other "good girl" characters worthy of a WCW, but I don't care much for Cordelia or Dawn and all the other females I can think of are technically "bad". Who would you add to this list?