It’s Throw-Back Sunday TV Fans! For today, I have returned to one of my old favorites, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy and her friends are a blast to watch and are always trying to ensure that goodness prevails in order to protect Sunnydale and the rest of the world. But this would get boring if she could always easily save the day against countless vampires. What makes the show surpass this is the introduction of formidable foes that cross her path. Ranging from the geeks she went to high school with to the first evil that existed in the world, there is a lot of evil and chaos thrown at the Scoobies. Let’s not forget that some of Buffy’s closest friends have turned on her and mortal enemies have become great allies along the way. Buffy is the chosen one for sure, but these villains are not only worthy of an all out battle, they are more complex and smarter than your average vampire turned to dust. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the series yet. My top 5 villains from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are:
5) Drusilla. Drusilla was first introduced to Buffy in season 2 along with her boyfriend, Spike. When she first came to town she was weakened from a mob, but was revealed to possess psychic abilities. When Drusilla is at her full strength she proves to be extremely dangerous and even kills another slayer who gets in her way. What makes Drusilla such a stand-out villain is that she is completely insane. She has an innocent girl-like quality at first and manipulates Spike to do her bidding all while having a tea party with her dolls. One of my favorite scenes with Drusilla is where she blindfolds one of the dolls and says she’s not allowed to watch with the rest, as someone is brutally killed in front of them and Drusilla claps in delight. There is a haunting quality about Drusilla that makes her beyond scary and a real threat to Buffy.
4) Glory. The best way to define her I suppose is if Cordelia had god-like powers with no sense of remorse. Glory is revealed to be a god and Buffy’s sister, Dawn is the key that she is desperately looking for. In one of the first fights with Glory, Buffy is beaten not just badly, but to a bloody pulp, making fans wonder about how she would be able to defeat her. Glory is an entertaining villain, keeping her manicure and lip gloss in check while continuing on her quest, refusing to allow anyone to get in her way.
3) The Master. The Master is introduced as the first main villain that Buffy must face in the first season. His face has no humanity left in it, different from other vampires, because of his age. There is a cringe-worthy factor here for sure but the Master hasn’t left his sense of humor behind either. He is ruthless and powerful and even is able to kill Buffy initially. Thankfully Xander is able to revive her, but he proved to be a dangerous foe and an influence on other vampires nearby.
2) Evil Willow. Everyone loves Willow and she is a great friend to Buffy. When she begins experimenting with witchcraft, it naturally seems like a great way to help Buffy fight the forces of evil. But when Willow loses the love of her life, Tara, she is consumed by rage and evil magic corrupts her. Willow becomes so powerful that it seems like no one will be able to defeat her. If not for her best friend, Xander, who has no powers or supernatural strength, she would have been lost for good and the world might have been destroyed. Xander uses love to remind Willow that he will always be there for her and it brings her goodness back to the surface.
1) Angelus. Buffy and Angel’s love is so passionate and real throughout the beginning episodes. There is something very romantic about the idea of a vampire with a soul and Angel has been trying to do good and make up for the monster he used to be. However, when he is with Buffy, he loses his soul because he experiences true happiness, and Angelus is unleashed on the world once more as a result. Not only is he a vicious killer, but he targets on Buffy’s weakness and mocks their love, making it seem like he did not care for her in the slightest. He goes after her friends and family and toys with Buffy in a stalker-like way. When Angelus unleashes a demon on the world to swallow it whole, Buffy knows that she must kill him to close the portal. She has pushed her feelings aside and knows that she must defeat him for the greater good. However, this becomes an almost impossible task when Angel’s soul is restored right at the moment she is about to kill him. Buffy must follow through with this, sacrificing her love to save the world. Her love for Angelus is what makes him such a dangerous villain. Buffy is the chosen one, but she is also human and a teenage girl with feelings. Her strength is truly tested when Angelus is introduced, but she is able to do what is necessary to defeat him.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own favorite villains from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl