Lexi said it, not me.
As did Erica.
And then Liz made me some serious fanart.
I've also been inducted into Rolly's Spuffy Mafia.
And Caitlin would like to call me "Master".
NO BUFFY THAT IS NOT HOW MORTAL ENEMIES BEHAVE.
"Mari is full of joy and sunshine. She ships all of the things, especially Buffy/Anya, and she is a meta queen." -Nicole
One of the most interesting things to me about Season Nine is the switch in character dynamics between Buffy and Spike.
Because when we look at Season Seven, there’s some vague sniping on rare occasions, but it very much takes a back seat to mutual care. We have Buffy building Spike up and there’s a lot of protectiveness on her part throughout most of the season. And when does the shift happen, when Spike is suddenly the primary protective one, who endures Buffy’s quiet snippiness to support and encourage her? In Touched, when she’s been thrown out of her house and is all alone, very much vulnerable.
Because that’s what theydo. When Buffy is in a good place, when she’s confident in herself and what she’s doing, she takes a much more nurturing role toward a vulnerable Spike. When she’s in a bad place where she doesn’t know who she is or where she’s going, she loses that confidence and, in turn, the urge to nurture.
I mean, this is Buffy’s MO. She gravitates toward the marginalized, toward people like Willow over Cordelia, to protecting Tara in Family or Anya in Him or even Jonathan and Andrew in Two To Go. She puts the people who she feels need a champion first, and she’s very attentive and sensitive to them when they’re in need.
But when she’s in a situation where she doesn’t feel like a champion, where there isn’t that same inequality between Spike and her because she’s still guilty about the Seed and awful things keep happening to her and she doesn’t even have the moral high ground anymore, that’s when we get equals!Spuffy, where Spike isn’t someone she champions because she perceives him as equally in power (or messed up) in their relationship as she is.
So less babying, more snark and mutual respect! And respect is big because I don’t really think that Buffy had respect for Spike in S7? She had faith in him, yes, but any respect she had is equivalent to respect I have for, like…Shai being able to stand up by himself. Respect for a lesser trying hard.
The respect we get here is the respect from End of Days, where Buffy and Spike snark and insult each other but can also have heartfelt conversations, where Buffy would thank Spike just for being there for her. It’s about equals, and yes, it’s actually a step up from most of S7 because of it. :)
If Buffy’s looking for something pointy and made of wood, and she thinks that Spike is being pine-y, then what are the comics trying to tell us through subliminal messages?
Since we know from the S9 comics that Spike and Buffy are texting buddies, do you think she changes his name in the contacts based off how she’s feeling towards him that day?
William the Bloody
William the Bloody Annoying
Stalky the Clown
The Wind Beneath My Wings