10. Rin says: Dr. Horrible
“Laundry day, see you there, under things, tumbling. Want to say, love your hair, here I go…mumbling.”
Sophy says: Yeah, so I haven’t seen this yet. I’m a bad, bad Whedon fan. Bad. But not as bad as Rin…
Rin says: Okay, I guess this is where I come out. It’s true, ladies and gentlemen. It’s true. I haven’t watched all of Angel. There, I said it. Now let’s just move on, and let me commentate the rest of this list in peace, okay? OKAY.
To be honest, picking Dr. Horrible was more a shout-out to the whole series as a whole, not just the character…even though this made me love NPH like a mofo. I think the greatest thing about the sing-along-blog was that it got so much recognition (despite how small of a production it was) and whedon showed once more that he is a fucking genius. This wasn’t following Joss blindly wherever he goes (dollhouse), this was warranted because it really is that special.
09. Sophy says: Tara
“What do you see?” “Willow-hand…”
Sophy says: What’s that? Tara’s boring and irrelevant and how could I possibly have her in a top ten? Hi your face, meet my fist. (Don’t worry it won’t hurt very much, I have the arms of a meek little girly girl.) But seriously, as much as it pained me to exclude so many other characters, I had to have Tara in this. I think that straight men (lol, yes, yes, I know, I know) often get overlooked, particularly in a show like Buffy which is filled with colourful characters, with super powers and wicked senses of humour and such. Tara doesn’t really have any of that glamour – she’s funny, sure, but in a quiet, shy, geeky way, and she may be a witch, but she’s well and truly in Willow’s shadow there. But see she’s the balance, and she balances damn well. I adored the way she was the only one who gave Dawn the stability she needed, the way she was always there for Buffy, too; their subtle connection, foreshadowed all the way back in Restless, is one of the loveliest parts of the show. And then there’s Willow/Tara. She managed to make me love it more than Willow/Oz, which I didn’t think would be possible. In short, she’s extraordinary in all her soothing ordinariness, and I was fucking traumatized in the best possible way when she caught that bullet. Skins could learn a lot from Tara’s death, actually. Her storylilne, in many ways, is Freddie’s gone right.
Rin says: Strong like a fucking amazon.
08. Rin says: Mal
“I don’t believe there’s a power in the ‘verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.”
Sophy says: Ooh, look at Rin, being all multi-show. Attention-seeker. I love Mal too. Just not enough for a top ten. If I’d picked anyone from Firefly it would probably have been Kaylee. ♥
Rin says: I am not being an attention-seeker… WHAT, DID YOU WANT ME TO PICK SOMEONE FROM DOLLHOUSE? I adore Firefly AND Serenity.. I couldn’t not pick someone from that area, and I couldn’t not pick MAL. I love NF so much (I LOVE CASTLE OMGOMG) and Mal was an awesome hero. A REAL HERO. Kaylee was a very close second. Very very close.
07. Sophy says: Illyria
“Wesley’s dead. I’m feeling grief for him. I can’t seem to control it. I wish to do more violence.”
Sophy says: Let’s get one thing clear. I loved Fred. I loved Fred a whole lot. I would never have dreamed that I could love the thing that crawled inside her body and slowly and agonizingly murdered her even more. But such is the brilliance of the writing for this character, of her complex and wrenching relationship with Wesley, of Amy Acker’s phenomenal acting, for which it is a fucking crime that she was not nominated. I will never forget the end of Shells. Ever. Wesley? I apologize for leaving you off this list. I hate myself for it a bit.
Rin says: YOU KNOW I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE SMURF.
Sophy says: Rin, you are missing out. I mean it.
06. Rin says: Giles
“And I shall be wearing pink taffeta, as chenille will not go with my complexion.”
Sophy says: Oh Giles. I loved you so much up until you turned into a fucking scab in season seven and distracted Buffy while you tried to get Spike killed. Right up until that moment. Yeah. Wizard hat will never, ever, ever, not be funny. In fact, I think it needs its corresponding Buffy cap:
Rin says: Just look at that Wizard outfit. JUST LOOK. Like…come on. And this moment from Helpless is one of my favourites. Giles will always be the father Buffy never had.
05. Sophy says: Spike
“There’s a hole in the world… Feels like we ought to have known.”
Sophy says: Wow, so… I have a lot of trouble with Spike being fifth. Like… I sort of feel like I’m choking. If I had my way he would have been second only to Buffy. Rin, why do you hate
Spike me???? I feel like I don’t even need to talk about Spike. Or like I can’t? Because I just love him that much? No really, I think my head would explode if I tried to document Spike’s awesomeness. And I like having a head, so yeah. I’ll just say this: if you come in here and say “Spike was great but only when he was evil in season two” I will look down on you. And Rin will too, just because I asked her to. Right Rin?
Rin says: I will always follow you blindly into battle. Also, THIS IS WHERE YOU’RE WRONG SOPHY. I don’t hate Spike, and I have never hated Spike. I LIKE SPIKE. The, ‘you make me feel like a man…and that..’ LIKE HELLO. I adore that. It’s just my Buffy/Angel heart getting in the way, I AM VERY AWARE OF THAT.
04. Rophy says: Faith
“Faith, these are innocent people.” “No such animal.”
Sophy says: Ah, Faith. I once saw a list similar to this which listed Kendra above you. Yeah, I know. Not five by five. Not five by five at all.
Rin says: JHAHAAH OMG THAT LIST THAT LISTED KENDRA, HAHAHAH I DIE. I JUST DIE. Faith. Eliza Dushku, one role that you will never top and you just shouldn’t try.
03. Rophy says: Angel
“They talk about me in the chatty rooms?”
Sophy says: I love Angel. I may have serious, serious issues with him being higher on this list than Spike, but I would want him on it. I was as in love with him as the next girl when he was on Buffy, but honestly, it’s only once he got onto his own show that I started to see him as a great character. Also, he got the best ending of any character ever. But I’d trade it to see him again, yes I would. Also, CHATTY ROOMS.
Rin says: ANGELLLLLL. It’s kind of odd how much I loved him, but then I never got past season 1 of Angel. (Although I think I’ve seen most of season 5… I’m so confused) ANYWAY. Tortured vampire with a soul, what’s not to love? And this is where I have to say…Twilight gtfo.
Sophy says: Guess I know what I’m buying Rin for her birthday:
02. Rophy says: Anya
“I have finesse! I have finesse coming out of my bottom.”
Sophy says: For me she is absolutely hands down the funniest thing in the Whedonverse. And that’s a big call. And then on top of that she has brought me to tears several times. Really, I almost went insane limiting myself to four caps and one quote. Almost every moment Emma Caulfield was onscreen was pure gold and I am so upset that we haven’t seen more of her post-Buffy. Also, at least 3 Emmy winners need to mail her their trophies. STAT.
Rin says: AESOHJGIJGSPLHGNSRIPD HNAIP. Full of contradictions, and still so so so easy to love. One of the most charming characters tv has ever seen.
01. Rophy says: Buffy
“I walk. I talk. I shop. I sneeze. I’m gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back. There’s trees in the desert since you moved out and I don’t sleep on a bed of bones. Now give me back my friends.”
Sophy says: Well, like, duh. Come on. The only person who competes is Spike and somehow he’s down at number 5 *grumbles* Anyway, Buffy is just… Buffy. And that’s why she gets 8 caps where others get 4. Oh Buffy. I will just never ever ever not love you. My love for you is so strong that it made me hate just about every other character in the show in one scene in season seven. FUCKERS, HOW DARE YOU KICK BUFFY OUT OF HER OWN HOUSE. /rage blackout.
Okay. I’m back. Buffy broke my heart a thousand different ways. She’s the first television character I truly related to, who made me think about my own life and my own heart and my own mind just by being who she was. She is Joss Whedon’s greatest achievement, and it’s hard to see how he could ever top her. And yeah, she’s Sarah Michelle Gellar’s greatest achievement too, and that is why I will always love her, no matter how lame she is!
Rin says: This is it, ladies and gentlemen. The greatest character tv will ever see. (Amends hair and all.)
Rophy says: AND NONE FOR YOU DOLLHOUSE K THX BAI.
So that’s it, folks, Rophy’s top ten Whedon characters. They were damn hard to choose, because let’s face it, the guy is a bit of a genius. Think we made foolish selections? Do you feel the same as if we’d just put JJ into a top Skins characters list instead of Cassie? Really? That insulted and horrified????! Then tell us where you think we went wrong, and feel free to use caps and exclamation points and ones and elevens while you’re at it. Rophy loves a little hysteria.
And hey, let’s play a game. 10 Rophy points for each time you can tell us the dialogue that goes with a scene. Let’s be clear though, Rophy points can so rarely be exchanged for goods and/or services.