We believe in the power of friendship
All true Buffy fans know that the true power that sets Buffy apart from the Slayers who have come before her, what keeps her alive and even brings her back from the dead (twice!) is her community. The Scoobies keep each other grounded, comfort each other in times of crisis, and always have each other’s backs. Spike, a vampire who has two Slayer notches on his belt, calls it in his very first appearance in School Hard – “A Slayer with friends and family and friends. That sure as hell wasn’t in the brochure.”
We know nobody’s perfect
What could be a more universal experience than ****ing up royally? Each character in Buffy gets plenty of opportunities to alienate themselves from the group – from the more standard end of the spectrum (lies, betrayal, infidelity) to full on chaos (killing sprees, human flaying, apocalypse, etc….), what we see time and time again is the rest of the gang extending empathy and forgiveness. And we tear up every single time Xander says he loves crayon-breaky Willow just as much as he loves scary, veiny Willow. Same, Xander. Same.
We revel in nostalgia
Cue the moody alt-rock Bronze soundtrack…
Buffy provides us with a magnificent time capsule of late 90’s culture, and the aesthetic is meticulous. Buffy fans can appreciate the daring whimsy of 90’s fashion (I’m looking at YOU, pleather pants) and deep in our hearts, we un-ironically enjoy a well-executed cheetah print, chunky heel, or tights/sneakers combo. Even though Giles might mock Buffy and imply that if a fashion magazine told her to, she’d wear cats strapped to her feet, it doesn’t stop the Slayer from fearlessly rocking her Yummy Sushi pajamas.
We are all aspiring Slayers
Perhaps what unites us all most of all is believing that we can, and we should, save the world. Buffy helps us believe that we have power within us to change things for the better, and it’s no coincidence that this community of fans comes together ever year in support of the Make A Wish Foundation. I can’t wait for Slayathon 2017, where I get to see old friends, make new ones, and spend my time and money and energy fighting for what I believe in. Buffy’s series finale speech has perhaps never felt more relevant – “Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?”
Anna from the Babes Watch Buffy podcast