I N F O R M A T I O N
Buffy Anne Summers. Slayer, the. Mystically Chosen and destined to be all defender-y and protect the world from vampires, demons and the forces of darkness. Blonde, petite, athletic, college drop-out. Has a bite mark scar on the right side of her neck from where Angel bit her on Graduation Day. Dresses in stylish, yet affordable clothes.
KNIGHTS OF LEGEND: Arrived from 5x22, suffered complete memory loss. Squired to Dragon's Claw Jack Chessing. Character sheet can be found here.
enhanced physical strength that is notably below god-tier but above most other preternaturally strong beings (there are a few exceptions: turok-han, for instance). example: she casually treats a troll's hammer like a baseball bat which is too heavy for spike, a 150-year-old vampire, to even lift at all. additionally, she's shown lifting several hundred pounds casually while doing construction work, busting down steel doors, and breaking stone sarcophagi without breaking a sweat. there is no real canon example of the extent of her physical strength being exerted except that it's clear she's weaker than a god when she fights one (and even then, with the help of the troll hammer and when the god is a little dazed via Willow's magic undoing her brain sucks, she seems to be at equal strength and even defeats her). she also has enhanced speed, demonstrated when she outruns a bus and when she runs faster than xander could possibly hope to when trying to catch up with dark willow flying to the magic box.
enhanced durability and stamina are another aspect of it. she doesn't bruise easily, is very difficult to injure in any lasting capacity, and there's no real example of her wearing out. she makes a comment about having the endurance of ten men, which is probably an underestimation considering she runs from the woods outside town to the magic box at maximum speed without appearing winded in grave. additionally, it's said she very rarely gets sick, as in killed by death and helpless, and she heals very rapidly, recovering from a serious stab wound in under a week after fool for love and recovering from near-fatal blood loss within a day on graduation day.
enhanced reflexes and heightened awareness come with what's more or less a spidey sense in battle, and an ability to sense demons and vampires for what they really are when they might not necessarily look like their demonic selves. her reflexes are far above normal humans', and she has a lot of intuition on top of it all.
natural fighting proficiency means she's got natural fighting talent as well as a natural proficiency with all weapons she picks up. she is skilled with martial arts and street fighting without much traditional training, and she picks up a bow staff and beats giles down with it the moment she picks it up for the first time. she is proficient in the following weapons: axes, swords (two-handed and one-handed), daggers, knives, maces, compounds bows, crossbows, longbows, stakes and staves.
slayer dreams including abilities like dream-sharing with fellow slayers, as exemplified by her dream-sharing with comatose faith in graduation day, precognitive dreaming that usually relates to the slayer line in some way such as the deaths of the potentials in season seven, or post-cognitive dreaming of old slayers' memories. relatedly, she has the knowledge and experience of every battle a slayer has ever fought.
buffy is additionally shown to have some level of mental resistance against psychics as she resists dracula's thrall, which is essentially mind control. she resists initially (and shows herself to be cognizant that she's under it and actively fights to break free), and then overcomes it entirely (after drinking his blood) and winds up being able to be completely self-aware and unaffected despite him trying to entrance her, at which point she fights and defeats him. this means she's got resistance to powers of suggestion.
Prior to becoming the Slayer, Buffy was rather superficial and shallow, which was a point of great contention with her first Watcher, Merrick. She acted the part of the stereotypical valley girl, all about shoes and shopping and boys. However, becoming the Slayer instigated a lot of growing up too fast for her. She develops a sense of focus in her life, and while she's not quite soldier material, it definitely puts her several ruts up above her peers on the responsibility scale. Buffy describes it in Helpless by saying that being the Slayer gives her purpose and direction.
Overall, she's a naturally snarky girl, who's a fan of quips and likes bantering with demons almost as much as she likes fighting them (and she does like the fighting, even if she doesn't jump to admit it). She's somewhat klutzy and airheaded at times, but despite this she's shown to be highly intelligent when it comes to formulating plans, inferring and investigating. She's bull-headed and stubborn; once she's set her mind on something, she doesn't accept anything less. She makes her destiny what she wants to make of it and doesn't accept the "you are fated to this" crap, or anyone else's orders, particularly not those of the Council. She's not above taking suggestions and council on her decisions, but in the end, her word is her word and not anyone else's. She doesn't bend to the will of others.
Buffy has mixed feelings about her role as the Slayer. She both doesn't want to live without her Slayer calling, because she needs to feel that sense of purpose, but she also views it as a burden, a hurdle between her and the normal life she wants so badly. She wants her biggest problems to be boys and homework, and being the Slayer denies her that luxury because the fate of the world has to be her #1. This desire for normalcy is a particularly strong motivation of hers throughout season 4, and creates a conflict for her relationship with Riley because even him being a demon-fighting, regular human commando is too much weird for her when she's pursuing this dream of normalcy that Angel wanted her to have so badly.
Her Slayerness is something she really comes to embrace in a continuous growth process that culminates in season 5, but she even then doesn't let it define her. She never really stops viewing it as a burden (even calling it that in End of Days when talking to Faith) and has repeatedly tried to reject her destiny in the past before embracing her role and really settling into it. However, she still has some lingering sentiments of wanting to return to her normal life, which are exploited in Normal Again, but conflict directly with her desire to hold onto her powers because she sees the Slayer as being such a huge part of her that she can't just let go of. She knows, though, that it's not something she will ever have and copes very well with her responsibility. This is just one of many paradoxes her personality presents.
Her exposure to the supernatural has forced her to grow up quickly. It's through her destiny as the Slayer that Buffy learns the importance of duty and how to put it above other things, even managing to put it above her own feelings, wants and desires. She constantly proves herself capable of making the tough calls (see: killing Angel). She's very much as Andrew describes her in Storyteller -- brave, certain about her calls, determined to always make the one that is best for the whole and not just herself. However, bravery and certainty don't make her invulnerable to fear. When Buffy learned from Giles that her death was prophesized and that she would be killed by the Master, she tried to quit slaying and leave town. However, when other lives were put at stake by her decision, she ceased plans to leave in favor of fulfilling her duty. It showed that while Buffy does fear for her own life, she also puts the lives of others before herself, and she's brave enough to face that fear head-on and at least manage to selflessly act as though she isn't scared for the sake of giving others reassurance and strength.
Through the struggle of dealing with Slayerdom, she's learned to rely on others like the Scooby Gang but she's also learned that she'll never be able to do that -- she understands that being the Slayer isn't something you can share with anyone. She has to understand that while she'll always want to be and try to be just a girl, she can't ever do that. Because she's not just a girl, she's the Slayer, and she has responsibilities and experiences and a weight on her chest that no one else can understand. The fact is that as the Slayer, she is the One. She won't always have other people to help or rely on, she has to be able to do it alone. It's made clear that she doesn't always get the luxury of trusting people implicitly, either --even Giles. She, as the Slayer, has to be the one who suspects and asks the hard questions when the others don't want to know or even think that it could be true. She has to stand apart in that way, because that's the real truth of being the Slayer.
She is alone.
This is the most critical identifying trait of Buffy. No matter how many friends she has, no matter how close to them she is, she will always be alone and fight alone. It ties into her superiority complex that comes out of being the Slayer. Because she has to deal with all of these things, because this responsibility falls on her and because she has to make the hard choices that no one else has to make because of that role, she feels like she's better than them on some level, because they can't understand what she's going through. Their opinions don't matter, because they can't truly understand her position.
This is something she feels immense guilt for, and something that she develops an inferiority complex about herself over because she perceives herself as an awful human being for thinking she's better than her friends, but it's just the way it is. They're not the Slayer. Only Buffy is, at the end of the day, and they can help, and they can fight by her side, but they can't do what she does or understand how hard that is. Everyone looks to her to lead them, and she will never feel like she can just be in their company and be their friend and be on their level, because she's not. This may be rooted in truth to a degree, but it's also a self-fulfilling prophecy that leads to Buffy isolating herself from her friends and family, because she doesn't feel like they can ever truly connect to her. She builds up a wall that separates her from them, and cuts herself off emotionally.
Faith taught Buffy that there is a line, and while Slayers are powerful enough to cross it, that doesn't make it right. She taught her to be more aware of her own boundaries and her own underlying urges. Buffy, just as Faith tried to argue with her several times, has a certain ruthless quality about her -- a killer instinct. All Slayers have it, and though Buffy covers it up with all her duty and her self righteousness about doing the right thing and killing the bad guys, she still has it. It's that violent urge that leads to her stabbing Faith in the gut, trying to kill her, for the sake of saving Angel.
Buffy is willing to go to great lengths for the ones she loves, doing anything to save them. Be it sacrificing someone else (who isn't an innocent)'s life, like with Faith in Graduation Day, or sacrificing her own life like when she allows Angel to feed on her or when she sacrifices herself for Dawn in The Gift: if the person means something to her to that degree, she'd do anything -- and as the Slayer, she can.
Forgiveness is one of the strongest traits Buffy possesses. Back in season 2 when Angel becomes Angelus and they are possessed by ghosts, Giles tells her "to forgive is an act of compassion [...] It's not done because people deserve it. It's done because they need it." This sets the tone for Buffy's approach to forgiveness and she demonstrates it first when she forgives Angel wholeheartedly for what he did as Angelus, then again when she tries to reach out to Faith repeatedly in season 3 and 4 despite what she's done to her, and then later with Willow and (more definitively than anything else) with Spike. People who come to her truly repentant and seek forgiveness will always get it, and she will always forgive her friends because of the incredible amount of lover that she has in her heart for them.
However, it's not always easy for her. When Angel kills Giles in 8x39, it's said in 8x40 that she can't even look at him, even though it wasn't technically him. She hasn't had time to mourn Giles, who meant more than her to anything in the world and with whom she didn't get a chance to really reconcile with before his death. It's not so much that she doesn't forgive Angel for getting possessed by Twilight and killing Giles, but more that he's reminder of her greatest failure, and that she can't forgive herself for that. Additionally, she needs more time than that to figure out if she can forgive him for killing all of those Slayers and essentially dropping her a cosmic roofie.
The only person that Buffy is unable to forgive is herself. She's much harder on herself than she is on anyone else, and she expects better because of her superiority issues. She holds herself to higher standards, and as a result, cycles through guilt and self-loathing whenever she does something worth punishing herself over (unleashing Angelus, getting Miss Calendar killed as a result, killing Angel, various things through season 6, etc.).
That said, Buffy, despite how mature she's had to become, is still an intensely immature person. She often lets herself get distracted by petulance, jealousy and petty arguments. The smallest, most insignificant thing can become something that she fixates on and blows way out of proportion. She's very possessive, and doesn't let go of things easily -- even after she and Angel say their goodbyes, when she sees Faith with him in L.A., it kicks up the same jealous reaction she had when seeing them together in season 3 prior to their break-up. She doesn't like other people playing with her things, and she just generally doesn't like sharing.
Buffy has an only child complex. She has a hard time viewing the world outside the scope of her own wants, needs and desires. Normally, it's not an issue, because her own desires and needs involve Slayerdom and therefore saving the world, which twists into selflessness inherently, but when it comes to the more day-to-day stuff, it can be a trial to deal with. She's self-involved and can occasionally get so wrapped up in her own life that she is neglectful of her friends and/or boyfriends.
A part of this only child syndrome wears away after Dawn comes into play, in that it forces Buffy to grow up and take on a kind of mom role since Joyce dies around there. She learns how to have maternal instincts and ignore her own needs, and while this is good for her because she has to be somewhat down to Earth and not go crazy overboard, and put others before herself instead of being her usual selfish Buffy, it's also part of what drives her to power-tripping, because she has to make all of the hard decisions (particularly after her mother dies) not just in slaying, but amongst her friends and in her family for her sister's safety.
Buffy also has a complex of having to take care of everyone and be everyone's mother. It doesn't get really inflated until Dawn appears and Buffy has to protect her, but it's been there since day one. Her egocentrism and only child complex present in the form of taking the blame and guilt for any time someone gets hurt, even if it's not through direct or indirect action by her. She feels responsible for everyone's life because she is the Slayer. She's constantly the savior, constantly the one scolding people who screw up, and she just generally has to take on a whole lot of roles that she's not ready for.
Buffy is self-righteous. Because of how much of a natural born leader she is, how seriously she takes her role as the Slayer and how much experience she's had in calling the shots and saving the world (successfully!) doing it, her attitude is very her way or the highway. It is what causes her to break ties with the Watcher's Council, and it's also what causes it to be tough for her to get along with certain people and butt heads. The potential Slayers in season 7 call her out on it and impeach her from being their leader because they can't tolerate it, but it is prevalent far before then. The only reason it comes to a head then is that it's the first time her self-righteous approach didn't succeed -- it resulted in casualties and injuries, and they turned on her that time. But, she is always that way, even from day one.
She has a sense of pride that is often overwhelming and keeps her from admitting she's wrong when she does finally come to terms with the fact that she is. It's a part of the burden of being the Slayer, as well. The Slayer doesn't get the luxury of admitting she's wrong. She has to be right because she is the law. So, she can't waver. And, for Buffy, it gets taken a little overboard when she takes it into her every day life as well. Even in her personal relationships, she doesn't like to admit personal culpability. It's part of what makes her such a contradiction. She'll blame herself and take responsibility for the injuries and deaths of people that were out of her control, but she won't admit verbally when she's in the wrong and back down. Once she's made up her mind, it's made up. When Riley is feeling disconnected because she's not opening up to him after Angel? It's not her fault. He shouldn't be seeking that connection elsewhere or blaming it on her, and he has no room to give her an ultimatum. But, then at the same time, she'll wash herself in guilt and self-loathing over messing it up, despite packing up those walls of denial to keep herself distanced.
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fourthwalling || in the games that allow it, please talk to me first. generally, the answer will be yes, but it depends. if the game allows it and your character directly refers to buffy or her canon within the context of their canon, the answer will always be yes.
threadhopping || i'm always okay with this from people i know/have added on plurk/have cr with/etc. if we don't have cr, ask me first, i'll generally be okay with it. i just like a heads up.
affectionate contact with buffy (i.e., hugging, kissing, etc.) || does not need special permission, go for it if it's ic, buffy will react accordingly.
moderate violent contact with buffy (i.e., fighting, punching, injuring, etc.) || does not need special permission, go for it if it's ic, buffy will react accordingly. if we don't keep frequent ooc contact, please leave your attacks open-ended, however.
extra violent contact with buffy (i.e., maiming, killing) || please discuss this with me oocly beforehand.
mind-reading || if your character can read minds, let me know and i'll adjust my brackets to help you out so you can see what buffy's thinking! which is to say, you're welcome to do so, and there's no reason it wouldn't work on buffy.
anything else || discuss with me.