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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith

I admit it, I hated Faith, but then I think we were supposed to. She was also a Slayer, even though there was only supposed to be one. But what happened is this, in season one Buffy died for a short moment and was brought back to life. Her short death was just enough to activate a new Slayer, that being Kendra. But then Kendra was killed by Drusilla, which activated yet another new Slayer – Faith. Which meant that there were two Slayers alive, Buffy and Faith.

Faith arrived in Sunnydale in season three after her Watcher was brutally killed by a vampire named Kakistos. She came from a traumatic and abusive background, which made her a bit of a tough bad girl. Faith tried to fit in with Buffy and the other Scoobies, but she never really clicked and instead grew more bitter and angry.

Faith enjoyed slaying far more than Buffy did; saying once that it makes her “hungry and horny.” She also felt that being a Slayer made her better than everybody else, and that it meant rules and law couldn’t touch her. One of the biggest Faith moments was in the episode “Bad Girls.” While trying to show Buffy the fun side of slayer, Faith accidentally kills Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, a human being whom she mistakes for a vampire.

Feeling even more alienated, jealous Faith betrayed the Scooby Gang and joins forced with the evil Mayor of Sunnydale. Under the Mayor’s orders, Faith tries to murder Buffy’s vampire love, Angel and this triggers the Slayers to fight. The fight ends with Faith alive but comatose.

Faith stayed in a coma until season four, and when she woke up the first thing on her mind was revenge against Buffy. Her method of vengeance was to switch bodies with Buffy. Living as Buffy and seeing what it was like to have loving family and friends made Faith realize just how unhappy she was. But, while in Buffy’s body Faith made the mistake of sleeping with Buffy’s boyfriend Riley. Bad move Faith. Buffy and Faith eventually get put back into their own bodies and Faith goes to LA and onto Angel’s spin-off show.

While I usually end the bio when the character moves over to Angel’s show, Faith is a little different since she came back to Buffy. After the body switching, the self-loathing Faith went to Angel and tried to have him kill her. But Angel convinced her to face the consequences and helps her on the path to redemption.

Afterwards, a new Faith travels back to Sunnydale in the last season, where she plays a big role in the battle against the First Evil. She and Buffy do eventually make amends, but their new truce is tested when the Potential Slayers appoint Faith as their leader over Buffy. This decision later proves disastrous when Faith accidentally leads them into a trap, leaving many girls dead. She and the survivors are rescued by Buffy, and the two finally make peace with one another.  After a steamy one-night-stand together and saving the world, Faith begins a romantic relationship with principal Robin Wood.

Favorite Faith Quotes!

[about the potential Slayers] “No more Starbucks for the wannabes, man. They’ve been spazzing for, like, hours.”

“You think you matter, you think you’re a part of something, and you get dumped. It’s like the whole world is moving, but you’re stuck. Like those animals in the tar pits. It’s like you just keep sinking a little deeper everyday, and nobody even sees!”

Oz: [to Faith] “I’m wondering about your position on werewolves.”
Willow: [proudly] “Oz is a werewolf.”
Buffy: “It’s a long story.”
Oz: “I got bit.”
Buffy: “Apparently not that long.”
Faith: “Hey, as long as you don’t go scratching at me or humpin’ my leg, we’re five by five.”

[after meeting Cordelia]
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: “My. She’s cheeky, isn’t she?”
Faith: “Uh, first word: jail; second word: bait.”

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • July 26, 2010


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