Get to Know Me: Favorite Male TV Characters [1/14]
“We like to talk big, vampires do. "I’m going to destroy the world.” Its just tough-guy talk. Struttin’ round with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You’ve got dog racing, Manchester United, and you’ve got people… billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It’s all right here. But then, someone comes along with a vision. With a real… passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester-bloody-Square. You know what I’m saying?“
One of my favorite things about Buffy is that her boyfriends are never really full characters on the show. They’re vehicles through which Buffy learns and grows and evolves. We never saw the whole Angel when he was on BTVS. We only saw what Buffy saw; tortured and brooding, heroic and strong. He was her boyfriend and his character development never really exceeded what was necessary for hers.
This becomes evident when you compare who he is on Angel to who he is on Buffy. Angel on his own is goofy and immature. He’s got an ego and he can be insecure. He cracks puns and giggles and likes to mess with people. He opens up to Cordelia and Wes in ways he never did with any of the characters on Buffy.
It’s one of my favorite things because no matter how rich and wonderful the supporting cast was, you never forgot that Buffy was the star of the show. This is her story and her journey. Her friends are there to help her along the way but at the end of the day she stands alone.
Joss may have his flaws (and boy does he) but he gave us a truly strong, dynamic, flawed, and inspiring hero in Buffy.
Sometimes I forget that there was a Scooby-Doo movie starring Wendy Corduroy, Mr. Bean, Isla Fisher and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with several legitimate martial artists and pro wrestlers, created solely because the scriptwriter (Who would later direct Guardians of the Galaxy) hated Scrappy-Doo and wanted everyone else to hate him too.