Of the remaining Scooby gangs left in the classic category of this year's Buddy Battles, three have been blessed by Joss Whedon's insane creativity: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. The other remaining show consisted of a cartoon band of friends and a dog who solved mysteries. Yawn!
So who has the all-time best Scooby gang? Buffy and her Sunnydale pals. Let's reminisce and take a peek at why Buffy and her peeps are truly the best.
These Friends are Sort of Like Us
Yes, Buffy is a slayer, but she still suffered from the angst and trauma of high school and college. The rest of the gang consisted of brilliant nerd Willow, the bumbling Xander, handsome vampire Angel and beauty queen Cordelia. Add in a werewolf, Oz, and Giles, the Yoda-like watcher who aided and advised Buffy, to round out the home team.
Even one time bad boy Spike joined the team in later seasons, along with Willow's girlfriend, Tara, and ex-demon Anya. No matter who you are, there was someone on this crew that you could identify with, laugh at, or root for.They Loved, and Lost
Buffy and Angel's tragic love story was a heart breaker. Angel and Buffy couldn't be together because of the pesky curse that caused Angel to lose his last traces of humanity if they had sex. Buffy finally gets back the good Angel, but then they can only be friends who kiss (and take lots of cold showers.)
Willow once pined away for Xander, and Xander wanted Buffy. Xander and Willow finally fell for each other, but the timing was unfortunate because Willow was dating Oz, and Xander was Cordelia's boyfriend. Spike fell in love with Buffy, and they shared a short-lived romance. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
was never shy about being sexy. This Scooby gang remained loyal friends even after the love faded.They Had Mad Skills
Buffy had amazing physical strength since she was a vampire slayer. The rest of the gang weren't slouches, either. Giles was gifted at reading lots and lots of old, dusty books. Willow was an ace hacker, and later a powerful witch. Xander was helpful in over-all support and commando tactics. Cheerleader Cordelia was, well, Cordelia (enough said). Their combined talents made them a force to be reckoned with.They Saved the World
Yes, other gangs may solve a mystery, or help an innocent. Only one Scooby gang saved the world from apocalypse after apocalypse--Buffy and her friends. She even died twice while saving the world. Can any other Scooby gang say that? I think not!
This is the reason that Buffy's crew deserves your vote as the best classic Scooby gang of all time. They survived the Hell Mouth, high school, bad break-ups, the end of the world, and Buffy's death. They deserve to win the classic category, and, in my opinion, the crown of best Scooby gang of all time!
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