Angel: You’re still my girl?
Buffy Summers: Always.
– Season 3, Episode 17
The world of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on our small screen 20 years ago this very day. Twenty years later and the fandom is still going strong! But what is it about Buffy that just resonates with so many people? Aside from the wit, I admit that part of my adoration stems from the romances, particularly of the vampire variety…
In celebration of the 20th anniversary, I ranked the Buffy the Vampire Slayer romances from worst to best in my very subjective opinion of course.
The Romances of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ranked
#15: Willow and Kennedy
#14: Oz and Veruca
Veruca was an unwelcome seducer. Another big ugh.
#13: Giles and Olivia
Did anyone care about this boring and undeveloped relationship? At least, Giles found some happiness for a little while…
#12: Cordelia and Wesley
Aside from a few humorous moments, Cordelia and Wesley just did not gel no matter how cute Wesley’s accent.
#11: Xander and Buffy
Unrequited love is often forgotten, but Xander’s feelings for Buffy were there since day one. I, like Buffy, believe they worked best as friends. I really do enjoy their friendship, though.
#10: Cordelia and Xander
Cordelia did not deserve Xander’s treatment. Underneath her snooty facade, Cordelia had a loving heart, one Xander always failed to understand and appreciate. Their love/hate romance, however, definitely created some great scenes. Honestly, I didn’t really root for any of Cordelia’s relationships until Angel. Doyle and Cordelia remain a personal favorite.
#9: Joyce and Giles
While brief, their short interlude had me in stitches!
#8: Buffy and Riley
Riley always gets the short end of the stick but I loved him! He made for a great after Angel and before Spike romance. Plus, I’ve always loved the actor!
#7: Xander and Anya
A fascinating character, Anya always made for some of the best Buffy episodes. That being said, I never believed Xander loved Anya as much as she loved him. For the most part, however, I liked Anya and Xander.
#6: Xander and Willow
Xander really made the rounds on the show! I didn’t even include his brief time with Faith (yuck!). A teenager when I first watched Buffy, I totally related to Willow and rooted for her best friend Xander to return her feelings. They are a great example of first love and crushes I think.
#5: Willow and Tara
What I liked about Willow and Tara (aside from introducing a much needed shy character into the show) was that the relationship showcased a natural progression from friendship to something more. Willow and Tara focused on how their inner souls connected on a deeper level. Still, I didn’t love this relationship as much as so many others because of a prior relationship that leads me to…
#4: Willow and Oz
Confession time. By the end of the show, I still dreamed Willow and Oz would reunite! I loved how Oz saw Willow when so many didn’t. The cherry on top? The whole werewolf paranormal thing going on…
#3: Giles and Jenny
The adults needed love too! And on re-watching Buffy as an adult, I ADORED Giles and Jenny so much more. Beautiful, compelling, and tragic to watch, I wished their love story could have lasted longer. But still, when soulless Angel murdered Jenny, we knew just how terrible he had become. The moment Giles discovered her body was just chilling.
#2: Spike and Drusilla
Spike and Dru were completely insane together but their insanity just made the show so, so entertaining! I mean, Spike’s obsession and Dru’s battiness together were pure gold. The best season is hands down season two because of these two!
TIE – #1: Buffy/Spike and Buffy/Angel
I just couldn’t choose between Buffy’s two vampires loves because each one had something different and amazing to offer. It was a battle of the two Byronic Heroes and I still don’t know who I want to win! While I feel that the Spuffy romance faltered in season 6 with all that rape and depressive stuff between Buffy and Spike (don’t even get me started on how much I despised it), the writers mostly made up for that derailment with Spike’s redemptive arc in season 7. I mean, he fought to get his soul back and then always stood up for Buffy when everyone else gave up. He even ended the show with a selfless sacrifice.
As for Angel, Bangel had my heart from the first moment he appeared in the shadows. “Who is this handsome and mysterious man,” I asked. I couldn’t be happier and more excited when the show later revealed Angel’s true identity. While Angel later left the series for his own awesome spin-off show, the two still had my heart. Always.
Who is your favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer romance? Sound off below.
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