Buffy vs. THE STRAIN
I recently had a good-natured argument with a fanboy (actually fangirl) friend of mine over whether or not Buffy, if one could magically snatch her out of the universe in which her television series was set and plop her down in the midst of the New York City where THE STRAIN takes place, would be able to hold her own. I really dug BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER up until the last couple of seasons, but my friend LOVES Buffy. She was given to blanket hyperbole on the subject, stating that Buffy would cleanse the entire state of the Strigoi in a week or less. I was a little more reserved—and a lot more realistic—in my assessment.
Against your average Joe Strigoi, Buffy would account for herself quite well. She’d even do fine against an entire horde of them. They’re not much in the way of fighters, after all, and they’re kinda stupid. But howzabout if you put her up against The Master, in his original form of the giant Strigoi, or Eichorst? I’d still give the edge to Buffy, but she’d have to work for it. It’d be a good scrap. The only character from THE STRAIN that Buffy couldn’t take in a one-on-one fight, I opine, is Quinlan, and not just because he’s my favorite on the show. He’s too strong, too fast, and too smart for her. Plus he has a couple thousand years’ worth of fighting experience. Sorry, Buffy, but against Quinlan, you’re going down. Lucky for you he’s one of the good guys.