Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers galore for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you haven’t watched Buffy Summers as the quintessential ’90s cool chick kicking vampire bum, then you’re missing out. There’s no better time to catch up!
Now, Buffy Anne Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was born in Los Angeles, California. After an incident involving vampires at her high school, Buffy fled to Sunnydale with her mother. Buffy’s Slayer powers were activated prior to the big move. She befriended Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) shortly after her arrival. Rupert Giles (Anthony Head) took up the mantel of Buffy’s Watcher, training her in the art of slaying. Buffy would routinely patrol cemeteries at night to defend Sunnydale from vampires that stalked the Hellmouth, which was nestled within the town. Buffy developed romantic feelings for a vampire named Angel (David Boreanaz), who possessed a soul thanks to a curse. Later, she became intimately entangled with Spike (James Marsters), a former-nemesis-turned-vampire-lover who sought to reclaim his soul just for her.
Then, Buffy risked her life to save the world, as she did several times throughout the show’s tenure. However, in Season 5, she sacrificed herself wholly. In Season 6, her family and friends resurrected her, but Buffy was never the same. In Season 7, Buffy encountered a formidable enemy known as The First. Buffy and her friends had to destroy the Hellmouth and in turn Sunnydale to eliminate said enemy. Willow, who honed her abilities as a witch, enacted a spell that would activate potential Slayers’ powers all across the globe. By the series finale, Buffy and her friends watched as Sunnydale/the Hellmouth was effectively razed to the ground.
The Real Deal:
Buffy is the real deal, that’s for certain. At face value, she appears to be a petite young girl. But, she possesses superhuman strength and can wield a stake with ease. Buffy has courage in spades. She never shies away from doing the right thing. Not to mention, she arms herself with razor-sharp wit and cutting one-liners. Buffy is also immensely selfless, and has laid down her life more than once to save her loved ones. She’s intelligent – not so much in the way of “book smarts,” but she knows a thing or two about survival. Buffy is kindness personified, tenacious, and bold. In addition, she’s not afraid to knock someone down a few pegs if necessary. She’s a heaping helping of flaws and complexities, and she’ll admit to them point-blank.
Why She Matters:
Alright, why does Buffy matter? She’s an inspiration to kids everywhere, for starters – especially back in the ’90s. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to watch a series with a strong, multifaceted female protagonist. I vividly recall tuning in to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and being inspired by her. Seldom did a show portray a heroine that was equally rife with positive attributes and flaws. She was a convoluted human being – just like you and me. We could all see ourselves in The Chosen One.
So, be like Buffy. Be tenacious. Fight for what you want. Stand tall for those who can’t. Know that you have the power to withstand whatever life throws at you. Thus begs that million-dollar question: are you ready to be strong?