Angel had various relationships over the years. A recurring joke is that Angel seemed to have a preference for small, blonde women, as the majority of his love . The world of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on Honestly, I didn't really root for any of Cordelia's relationships until Angel. Buffy Summers had various relationships over the years. Buffy Summers’ main romantic relationships were with the vampires Angel and Spike. Her Watcher, Rupert Giles, also commented that Buffy’s connection with Angel and Spike was quite poetic, as she, a Vampire Slayer, had her.
Discussing the merits of Buffy and Angel is minefield for even the most level headed Buffyverse fans.
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However, the father of the entire franchise, Joss Whedon has his own very specific opinions. Whedon has gone on record several times explaining that he found Angel incredibly difficult to write.
Spike, however, was much easier for Whedon to craft. Whedon felt there was far more between the two character. Though Whedon does admit that Buffy and Angel was his most epic romance. Once Angel left the series, Spike did really start to dominate as a character. He turned from a recurring side player to series regular. Whether Whedon was right to give Spike so much to do, is a matter of personal taste, but at least Whedon committed. Almost everything is the end of the world, whether in a personal or more literal and global sense.
Buffy and Angel have no chill whatsoever. Which is ironic because without warm blood Angel is nothing but chilly. Though the love scenes between Buffy and Angel were intense and steamy at least by late '90s broadcast TV standardsneither actor could take them seriously. Due to the fact that the two were such good friends, the actors were constantly pranking each other when it came time for Buffy and Angel to play tonsil hockey.
Sarah Michelle Gellar explained that she would eat tuna fish and pickles before kissing scenes. The last of which made it into an Angel episode. The whole thing puts all Bangel's angst in another context.
Yet his origins were much more ethereal. The idea was even floated that Angel would be an actual Angel. Around the same time that audiences found out about Angel is when the Buffy cast and crew knew what to do about Angel.
An alternate reality where Angel is a literal angel is almost too bizarre to imagine. Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared not once, but twice, during Angel season 1. David Boreanaz returned the favor with two brief Buffy season 4 appearances. Yet after season 1 of Angel, the crossovers only went one way. Angel rarely showed up on Buffy, reprising his role for the series finale and one other dramatic moment but Buffy never made her back to Angel.Buffy and Spike
The reason for keeping the two apart was about as boring as it can be imagined-- contract negotiations. For its first five seasons Buffy was on one network, The WB.
When Angel launched as a spin-off during Buffy season 4, it obviously called the same network home. Yet after Buffy season 5, the flagship series moved to new network UPN. Gwen may have betrayed him for L. Although at first it appeared that a broom closet was as far as their romance would go, the undeniable chemistry between Nicholas Brendan and Charisma Carpenter is no doubt what led to a real relationship between these two characters. They were an unlikely pair to be sure, which is a large part of what made them work so well together.
Of course, Xander and Cordelia were never in it for the long haul, but they deserved better than having their relationship destroyed by his brief tryst with Willow. He was the perfect partner for her in every way and his viciousness was more than a match for her own.
Darla may have tossed Angel out after he got his soul back, but she never actually stopped loving him. She also never gave up hope that he would one day return to the fold.
When Darla was given a second chance at life, Angel did everything he could to help her. It also added so much depth, not only to her character, but also to their entire relationship. The bond between them, whether as friends or enemies, made for some of the best stories of the series.
This was, no doubt, because Julie Benz was amazing in the role, but also because of how much fun it was to see Angelus and Darla together.
We all thought that Fred would go for Wesley, but Angel tricked us there.
Although it was soul crushing to witness her rejection of Wes, there was enough chemistry between Amy Acker and J. August Richards to make fans change their minds about whom Fred should wind up with. They were actually happy for a bit. Gunn tried really hard. He bent as far as he could and then he just broke. Gunn committed a murder for Fred, which is what they blamed the breakup on. It was the growing attraction between Fred and Wes. Gunn was overtaken by jealousy, but honestly, the guy did have something to be jealous about.
Watching them come together was really cute and it seemed like their love might actually survive some pretty insurmountable odds. They were able to move past Eyeghon, the demon Giles raised in his youth, possessing Jenny. After that, there was the hurdle of Jenny having lied to Giles about basically everything. Not only did it prove that Angelus was unequivocally evil, but also that Joss Whedon had no problem delivering a proper gut punch.
Robia LaMorte was incredibly likable and Jenny really fit into the Scooby Gang nicely, so it was sad to see her go. Jenny was the only real relationship we saw Giles have and it was cruelly snatched away from him far too soon. After spending over a thousand years as a demon, Anya had quite a lot to learn about being human.
Anya may have had to drag Xander into their relationship kicking and screaming, but she wound up being the love of his life. They grew together, with Anya learning how to be a human and Xander learning how to be a grownup.
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He did leave her at the alter, but he obviously never moved on and neither did she. Had she not been unceremoniously sliced in half — which we are also still crying about — these two would certainly have gotten back together. After watching Willow pine for Xander for a season and a half, it was a relief to see her find someone who recognized how amazing she was.
Their relationship was both happy and healthy. It was also the most drama-free romance on the show, despite the fact that Oz was a werewolf. They even continued dating when they went to college together. However, by the time he did, Willow had already moved on — and so had we. That kind of turned the lore of the series on its head. Spike was a monster to everyone but Drusilla and he accepted her just the way she was, crazy and all.
James Marsters and Juliet Landau had the most incredible chemistry. They were, without a doubt, one of the most fantastic couples in the Buffyverse. Spike and Dru were held so dear that when Spike initially fell for Buffy, fans were actually upset about it, because this meant that he and Dru were really over.
Still, even in flashbacks, these two lit up the screen. His obsession with her was completely creepy, regardless of how you felt about him as a character. He had no soul, so he was no different from Angelus. Yet, he was a bit different, somehow.
Spike showed an emotional spectrum that far outmatched that of his grand-sire.