Favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer Characters

The Top Ten

1 Spike

Ok, who could not love Spike. He developed so much over the series, but what I liked best about him, apart from his hilarious wit, was his ability to love and care for people without a soul. Don't get me wrong I loved Buffy with Angel and refused to watch his show with the whole Cordelia romance, but I so wanted Buffy to love Spike. She was a cow to him when he was good to her and Dawn. It seemed she never wanted to give him a fair go. In Lovers walk he pretty much made the season for me just for his humor in that alone. Buffy: Need him? He's probably just got them locked up in the factory. Spike: hey, how thick do you think I am... Fast forward to the end after the vamp fight. Buffy: can we just do the damn spell. Spike: Sod the spell. Your friends are at the factory." lol His comments to Angel, especially when he went to LA from the rooftop were an absolute riot. Angel needed his soul to be good, but Spike didn't. He grew, and his loyalty never waned. Funny and genuine. Spike is the ...more

I've grown to love almost all of the characters. Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Jenny, Cordelia, Angel, Oz, Joyce, Faith, Wesley, Darla, Drusilla, Anya, Tara, Dawn (she is the reason why The Body, The Gift, Once, More With Feeling, and some of the best episodes television has ever made happen. Plus she been through a lot so stop hating), Jonathon, Andrew, and Riley just to name a few. But Spike is my absolute favorite. He's such a incredibly complex and well written character. Well acted too. I hate how violent and abusive Buffy was to him during the 6th season, when all he seeked was love and affection. He played a great hero and villain. Plus he's super funny and super hot (Though all the Buffy characters are) so what more can you ask?

Let me stand alone and say I don't like Spike much. Sure he was funny sometimes, but he was evil even when masquerading as good. I never believed he really loved Buffy so much as he was obsessed with the Slayer which represented the unattainable for him. Plus his relationship with Buffy was way too forced and wasn't healthy at all. He was selfish and antagonistic and always flip flopping sides and I just thought his character was despicable.

No character can beat Spike and trust me, I LOVE most of the characters on this show. Spike was the best. He almost made me not like Xander because of the way he treated Spike. Most of the time he helped the gang and he truly did love Buffy and what did he get for that? All the way through season 5 (mostly) I wanted to punch everyone in the face because of how they treated Spike. Except Dawn. She treated him nicely.

2 Buffy

Gotta love Buffy. Super relatable, super powered, and I just feel so deeply for her every time something happens to her. SMG is superb at playing her and she's truly one of the greatest characters ever written. I can't say anything more without writing an anthology. She's just magnificent.

She is amazing, relatable doesn't fall in stereotypes and a great person that's not perfect who's just trying to live a normal life with friends. Great character

Every other show: blond girl walks into ally, gets attacked and killed by monster. Buffy: blond girl walks into ally, kicks monster butt. And you ask why I like her?

Yes, she's a hot chick with superpowers, but she's also a human being, and Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed her perfectly.

3 Giles

Far and away my favourite character, and so spectacularly acted by Anthony Head. He also blew up the snake is season three, knew the spells in season four, killed the God in season five, and dosed Willow in season six. His backstory is brilliant and so intriguing, and his character development, while more subtle than that of many other characters, is profound and elegant. And the few dark or betraying decisions he makes are so painful to watch because of how well they are done.

He's cool, not the best character though. He's never really the most important character or a standout one, but I do love him, even if it's mostly because of his importance to Buffy and their relationship.

Adorable Giles. Buffy's rock, and the steady thread throughout the series.

Giles is the only sensible character on the show!

4 Willow

Willow is never a dull character. First she's the shy and charming and witty Willow, and then she gradually gets more confident in herself and more loving and even more powerful as a witch. I love her in season 6, especially as Dark Willow, but there isn't a single moment where I hate Willow. I love her forever and always. Alyson Hannigan is also phenomenal for bringing her to life so well. Whenever Willow cries, I cry too.

Willow has changed so much throughout the series and it really shows! I love dark willow and I absolutely love alyson hannigan! She played willow so well and I loved willow throughout the whole season!

Willow, beautiful and so likable. Most interesting path in Buffy and so cute with Tara.

I love her...She is so powerful, fragile and full of surprise...I love her dark side

5 Anya

Anya was the funniest character of anyone on the show due to her iconic bluntness and sassiness, plus her trademark fear of bunnies. Despite sometimes getting on other characters' nerves and not being politically correct, she was incredibly useful to the Scoobies because of her extensive demon knowledge, occasional vengeance demon powers, and other magical capabilities. Don't tell me you don't cry during her speech in "The Body" and her death scene in "Chosen." Even if not your favorite, Anya is almost always in the top three.

Emma Caulfield is awesome and so hot. Every thing Anya, Says, does or tries to do is just awesome!

Just a matter of whether I'd vote for Anya and spike.
Her speech in The Body...just...

6 Xander

Why is he rated so low, granted he is still pretty high up, but he is one of the best characters.

So underate, funny but also incredibly loyal and the heart of the show

Funniest character on the show with "The Zeppo" being one of the greatest episodes in the show.

Amazing character, also of the most moral characters

7 Cordelia

The 'Queen C of Sass' probably had the best character development over all the other characters. From being cheated on, to finding love with Angel, and using her last day alive to set Angel back on track, before dying again, Cordelia is the best character,

I loved her bitchiness on Buffy, but I truly began to love her on Angel where she kept that same "Queen Bee" attitude but also coming to be a maternal figure. She became loving, powerful, independent, caring, and actually useful. Plus her reappearance in "You're Welcome" makes me bawl my eyes out. I just love Cordelia. I can't put it all into words.

By far she should be number 1 she's funny shows girl power and epic Cordey you boss

8 Angel

Angel is far superior to Spike, especially taking into consideration his time on Angel. Endlessly devoted to good and Buffy, he was just awesome. All he ever wanted was Buffy's happiness and to help the world for what he did to it. Spike was entirely selfish. Angel all the way.

I really like him (haven't watched Angel yet though) but I feel like he's a little bit funnier in his show because sometimes in Buffy he was a tiny bit boring, or maybe just quiet when he had a soul I know he was supposed to be in pain but come on... I do really like him though

Wait... Why is he so low down on the list? Him, Willow and Spike are the best characters by far

The first good Vampire. Unfortunately, he also started the whole Twilight thing.

9 Faith

I love her arc. I always felt a little empathy for her as an outsider and not ever really feeling like she belongs, and her entire dark history was really hypnotic and tragic. What really makes me love her though is the beginning of her redemption arc and how central she is to Buffy's character. Buffy stabbed her, going against her rule of not killing humans. But when the two of them switch bodies and Faith (while in Buffy's body) begins punching her own body? Tragic. Then her time on Angel is even more testament and she reveals her self loathing in one of the most tragic moments on the show. Also makes Angel even cooler. Faith is just amazing through and through.

Faith was one of the most appealing and electric characters to ever join the series. She has the smallest amount of episodes within the current top ten but with what she had she showed the most. There were so many stories with faith that could have been continued - shame the series never happened. She is a character that really made me more tuned into a show I already was a huge fan of. Plus the character is part of a few of the best fights scenes of both buffy and angel - and I love the action sequences.

Well Eliza Dushku is sexy and all, but I like Faith for more reasons than her eyes. She is an amazingly well written, well developed, and well acted character, one of the most interesting characters on both Buffy and Angel but especially on Angel. What I like about her is how much she changes over the course of the story, and how she completely feels like a real person.

Faith is insanely popular for her short screen time and I couldn't imagine the serious without my #1 slayer!

10 Daniel Oz Osbourne

Oz is a great character, his overall unqiue style makes a huge impact on him compared to most of the other chracters.

Oz rules. I love the way he sees the world and appreciates the absurdity of life.

I love him, he was hilarious and different, original

No photo asss he's the best, because it took his career to another level

The Contenders

11 Tara

Not the most important character or even the best character, but that doesn't diminish my love for her. She's just such a lovable character. So sweet and loving and kind, and "Under Your Spell" is such a beautiful song in every way. It really just goes to show how much she loved Willow. Her death was tragic and gave rise to one of my favorite villains, Dark Willow. Then when Willow visits her grave and thinks she's talking to Tara through Cassie, heart = broken.

12 Angelus

Please vote angelus for the moments when he shaders not just Buffy's heart but all of ours

Angelus gives a chilling performance and he is hard to watch but you can't look away.

Evil Angel... What's not to love?

Seriously one of the best villains on the show.

I do not understand, but his performance is paramount

13 Mayor Richard Wilkins

He was the best villain (after Spike) he was hilarious and honestly his relationship with Faith is cute, very cute

14 Drusilla

One of my favorite villains. I love her insanity and goofiness as well as her surprising capability for evil and destruction. She's quite the villain, but I can't hate her. Every episode with Drusilla in it is amazing.

Drusilla is just so awesome in many ways, especially how paralyzing her eyes can become.

I don't know why she doesn't have more votes, drusilla was quirky, extremely weird and crazy and we love her for that

15 Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

He is a perfect counterpoint to Spike. They start out as basically the same person, but respond very differently to the realities of living in the Buffyverse.

Best character arc period. His transformation in Angel is amazing. By the end, no one in either show comes close to being as badass as Wes.

Faith, Willow and him are the three best characters in the series. Wesley is just so cool!

16 Jenny Calendar

Interesting character with nice storyline but unfortunately she was killed by Angelus

17 Andrew

Andrew was the funniest. Sure he killed Jonathon... But come on, his quirky character was just the thing season 7 needed. I'all be sure to use the guestage line when I get kidnapped.

The Queer character we needed!

How can you not love andrew (excluding when he killed his best friend) but really you're lying to yourself if you claim storyteller didn't make your life significantly better

18 Joyce Summers
19 Glory

Women's Seductive as many men like him

20 Dawn Summers
21 Jonathan Levinson
22 Principal Snyder
23 Harmony Kendall
24 Amy Madison
25 Darla

She's the most passionate one from the entire series.

She is the most satanic vampire

First vampire who appeared in "Buffy". She was better in Angel(series)

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