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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander Harris

Xander was one of the most hilarious of all the Buffy gang, I loved him! He was the constant comic relief in the show, always making jokes and creating laughs in even the most depressing of episodes. Xander was born and raised in Sunnydale, and has been friends with Willow since they were kids. Jesse was Xander’s other best friend, until he was turned into a vampire and Xander was forced to stake him. But of course, through all of the drama he and Buffy become quick friends. Xander may have been the slacker in the bunch, but he was always up for helping Buffy out.

One of the best parts of Xander’s story is his love life — he was first turned down by Buffy, fell for a praying mantis chick and an Incan mummy girl, lost his virginity to bad-girl and Slayer Faith (only to get his ass kicked after), and went to the prom with ex-demon Anya. He did finally score with the school bitch, Cordelia (sort of), but he messed that up by kissing Willow and getting caught by Cordelia and Oz.

Xander did manage to graduate high school (barely), but unlike the rest of the Scoobies he didn’t go to college, instead he got a job in construction. He and Anya became an adorably strange couple after high school, and eventually got engaged in Season 5. Unfortunately, Xander wasn’t ready to get married and he called it off on the day of the wedding, breaking Anya’s heart and turning her back into a demon.

After Tara’s death, Willow went absolutely insane, and now endowed with evil magical powers, attempted to destroy the world. For once, Buffy couldn’t win the battle, but luckily Xander stepped in and managed to get through to Willow by reminding her of their close friendship over the years. Xander thus saved the world (which he never let anyone forget).

In Season Seven, Xander deals with his feelings for Anya, despite admitting they still love each other, he and Anya finally break up for good. In the horrible episode “Dirty Girls,” Xander’s left eye is gouged out by Caleb, and he begins wearing an eye patch. But, lucky for all of us fans he does survive in the end, and continues on in the Buffy comic.

Favorite Xander Quotes!

“Respect the cruller. And tame the donut!”

“I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.”

Drusilla: “How do you feel about eternal life?”
Xander: “We couldn’t just start with a coffee?”

Xander: “You were looking at my neck.”
Angel: “What?”
Xander: “You were checking out my neck. I saw that.”
Angel: “No, I wasn’t.”
Xander: “Just keep your distance, pal.”
Angel: “I wasn’t looking at your neck.”
Xander: “I told you to eat before we left.”

“Where is he? Where’s the creep that turned me into a spider-eating man-bitch?”

“They’ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn’t chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody’s watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You’re not special. You’re extraordinary.”

Willow: “Are we hoping to find a body, or no body?”
Xander: “Call me an optimist, but I’m hopin’ to find a fortune in gold doubloons.”

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • May 31, 2010


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