11. Xander Harris
Always the jokester and the one without any powers, Xander has his ups and downs throughout Buffy. You might not always agree with his actions, but as one of the show’s Core Four we got to know him extremely well over the seven seasons.
10. Cordelia Chase
Cordelia underwent one of the Buffyverse’s signature extreme character arcs over Buffy and Angel. Beginning as the sharp-tongued cheerleader, Cordy became a hero in her own right over time. Shame Angel season four did its best to mess the character up.
In Buffy, Angel didn’t really get a chance to prove himself other than being the undead object of Buffy’s affections. In his own spin-off show, however, Angel was able to be fleshed out into a tragic hero. Plus, his evil alter ego Angellus is just so deliciously cruel.
8. Anya Jenkins
Just about everyone on Buffy brought the funny, but Anya might just have been the most reliably hilarious character, with her blunt way of speaking. The ex-demons misunderstanding of people was played brilliantly for drama, too – i.e. her tear-jerking speech in ‘The Body.’
7. Rupert Giles
Now we’re getting to the characters it’s hard to differentiate between. Starting as an uber-stuffy librarian, Buffy’s Watcher Giles becomes a father figure for the Scooby Gang and proved his own awesomeness wasn’t just limited to stacking books on numerous occasions.