I mentioned last month that there are a lot of strong female characters worthy of our affection in the Buffyverse; this month, I'm here to tell you about some of those badass ladies who may be a little more...bad...than their friends.
I’ve mentioned before that Anya’s my favourite, but I’m not blind to her flaws. Admittedly, I can’t remember much about her character arc in the later seasons, and I know people think she’s cold-hearted, but just think about it: once human, she spent thousands of years as a demon, and is stuck trying to navigate the early 00’s. Can you blame her if she sometimes lacks empathy? She really struggles with trying to understand humans (and humanity in general), which sometimes results in heartbreaking moments like this one:
I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's- There's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid. And-and Xander's crying and not talking, and-and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.
But she’s great comic relief and her fear of bunnies is hilarious, given the fact that she was once a demon (and therefore a lot scarier than a fuzzy bunny). Plus it’s sweet (and funny) how infatuated she is with Xander when they first meet (which saves Xander’s season four storyline from being totally boring, let me tell you).
As a rogue Slayer, Faith has to be tough. She’s street-smart and highly creative when it comes to getting her way, but she does have an emotional side that can be exploited. She may use members of the Scooby Gang wantonly, but having had a difficult childhood, it can be hard for her to pull down her walls long enough to genuinely get close to someone. Basically, what I’m saying is: you sort of feel bad for Faith. Even when she betrays the others and starts working with the Mayor – who, in her defense, gave her the exact kind of affection (and attention) she probably craved. There’s something sad about the girl who reassures you that everything is “five by five” even when she’s hiding a deep pain.
It might seem weird to include the two vampires in this list, but female vampires are badass. They prove once and for all that women are just as strong as men, yet are not above using their feminine wiles to get their way. I especially enjoy Drusilla who is – to put it lightly – insane, but she’s so fabulous, it’s hard to get mad at her. And Darla, the first vamp introduced on the series, really set the tone for the type of complicated female characters we could expect from Joss Whedon.