First of all I can't believe that it's been since July 15th of last year that I've talked about a character from the Buffyverse. I feel that I've let my favorite TV show of all time down by not talking about them more often. This month I'm going to remedy that a bit. For the next 4 Wednesdays, I'm going to highlight one of my favorite characters from either "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" or "Angel". Since I've already talked about Buffy, Angel, and Cordelia, this week will be all about my favorite witch, Willow Rosenberg. By the way if anyone wants to go back and comment on any of those three posts, you are more than welcome to. Buffy didn't get much response at all, poor girl.
Where do you start with Willow Rosenberg? I guess it will have to be from the beginning, though I'll try to make this short. When we first meet Willow, she is the really smart girl in school who doesn't seem to have a clue about anything other than how to solve long equations and spout off answers in class. What you quickly find out about her though, is so much more. Beneath the smarts and really bad wardrobe, is a girl who is sweet, unassuming, loyal to her friends, and always willing to help out.
Once the show got rolling and Buffy's friends learned about her "uniqueness", Willow jumped into the role of researcher and budding witch. Throughout the show those two things, especially the magic, quickly began to define Willow's role in the Scooby Gang. As her powers grew, her role grew in fighting demons and monsters and even started to assert herself as a strategist. That fascination with magic was also one of the biggest hurdles Willow had to face. Over time, she became addicted to it. She didn't want to do anything with out it, she let it define her as a person. As you know, once you allow something to define you, that is all you see yourself as. She ended up spiraling out of control, that eventually led her to taking the life of someone else using magic. Now there were severe circumstance that allowed her to go down that road, but it was a decision that would haunt her for years to come.
The other thing that defined Willow for me was of all the characters she was the one that seemed to need to be in a relationship the most. Now all the characters had issues when it came to love, but I think Willow was the one character that it came naturally to and seemed to need it the most. Especially in the beginning she seemed to grasp at every offer of affection she received. At first that caused her to make some bad choices, including leaving The Bronze with a vampire and falling in love with a demon over the internet. Both of which almost ended her quest for love permanently.
As the show progressed though, so did Willow and her attitude on love. When she first met Oz they had an almost cute courtship. They both were rather odd, quirky characters that fit well together. The longer they were together the more comfortable Willow became with herself and others. She seemed to find herself in a way that she hadn't before. She even dealt with Oz being a werewolf, a situation she knew nothing about in the beginning. The way she dealt with the problem, helped her grow as a person and made her stronger. As in any TV show though, no relationship is allowed to progress perfectly. After falling back into her infatuation with Xander and almost costing her Oz, he ended up going crazy for a female werewolf and ditching her. That almost tore her apart but it was needed for her to meet the love of her life, Tara.
With Tara, Willow blossomed as a person and as a witch. Of all the couples on the show, they were probably the most well balanced and equal partnership. They complimented each other in a way that allowed them both to become strong, independent adults. It was Tara that helped Willow realize that she had a problem with magic. I really think without Tara and her love, Willow would have never been able to break the habit and would have gone down the darker road earlier and longer. When Tara is taken from her but a gunshot, Willow loses herself and does things she never knew she was capable of. It was a long, hard road back to herself but through the love of her friends and time, she eventually did. She even realized that it would not be betraying Tara to be with someone else.
I know a lot of people think Willow is the one character that changed the most and had no problem telling me so when I said it was Cordelia Chase that changed the most. In reality, I think Willow was the one character that came into her own the most. She, of all of them, fulfilled her potential and became the woman she was destined to be.