Ranking the best characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Warning: some spoilers ahead…
N.B. No villainous characters (at least those that never redeemed themselves) are on this list. They will feature in an upcoming separate post. This one’s just for the good guys.
Honourable Mention: Meleka Fray
If you’re a Buffy/Angel fan and you haven’t read the official comic book continuations of the shows, you really should. Slayer from the future Fray is probably the best invention of the comics. She protects a cyberpunk New York from ancient monsters – you don’t get cooler than that.
20. Charles Gunn
In many ways Gunn is the Xander figure of Angel – while the rest of the gang are vampires, genius physicists, higher beings and whatnot, Gunn is just a regular guy (well, a street-wise vampire hunter but that’s as close to regular as you get in the Buffyverse).
19. Harmony Kendall
Appearing in the Buffy pilot and bowing out in the finale of Angel, Harmony stuck around for the entirety of the Buffyverse. She went from Cordelia’s lackey to Spike’s moll to Angel’s ditzy secretary. Most vamps don’t have a soul, but Harm didn’t have much of a brain either, bless her.
18. Joyce Summers
Buffy’s mother Joyce puts up with a hell of a lot over the show’s course – finding out that her daughter is the Slayer, dating a murderous robot, watching soap operas with Spike – but she was also a strong parental figure for her daughter(s). It’s clear where Buffy got her strength from.
17. Allen Francis Doyle
He might have only been around for a tiny nine episodes, but Irish half-demon Doyle was a loveable character with an endearing crush on Cordelia. Though his exit from Angel meant that Wesley was able to step up to the plate, it’s still a shame he couldn’t have stuck around longer.