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15 Best Female Characters In The Whedonverse



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2. BUFFY SUMMERS – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER



About: Buffy Anne Summers was a Slayer that was activated in the late 20th century. Born in 1981, she was called to be the Slayer in 1996 at the age of fifteen. Buffy was originally living in Los Angeles; but, due to an incident involving a gang of vampires at Hemery High School, she moved to Sunnydale with her mother. There, she acted as guardian of the Hellmouth for seven years before the town's destruction in min 2003. Initially a reluctant hero who constantly wished for nothing more than a normal life, Buffy eventually grew to embrace her destiny. Buffy is unique as a Slayer in many ways; she refuses to sacrifice her ordinary life for her supernatural destiny, often operates as part of a team with her friends the "Scooby Gang," and has maintained several romantic relationships, two of which were with notorious vampires Angel and Spike.

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5. RIVER TAM – FIREFLY/SERENITY



About: River Tam was the teenage sister of Dr. Simon Tam, both of whom take refuge aboard Malcolm Reynolds' Firefly-class transport ship known as Serenity. She is considered a child prodigy, intelligent beyond her years and athletically gifted. After intense experimentation by Dr. Mathias on behalf of the Parliament—the Alliance ruling body—River was partially transformed into a mentally unstable psychic weapon intended for secret governmental use. She was rescued at great cost by her brother Simon but tracked relentlessly by several agents of the Alliance, primarily Lawrence Dobson, two blue-gloved men, McGinnis, the bounty hunter Jubal Early, and finally the Operative. Almost all of her time on the lam was spent with the crew of the Serenity, who became her extended family.

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8. ADELLE DEWITT – DOLLHOUSE



About: Adelle DeWitt is a main character of Dollhouse. She is the boss of the Actives in the Dollhouse and is also the employer of the Dollhouse-staff. Topher Brink, Boyd Langton, Claire Saunders and Laurence Dominic answer to her, and she has a secretary called Judith. She is employed by a larger entity and herself answers to Matthew Harding, Clive Ambrose, and many other unknown Rossum higher ups.

She is also the main contact for all clients of the Dollhouse, negotiating the contracts with them and sometimes even developing friendly relationships with them.

Her other duties include recruiting people to become Actives.

The official character description calls DeWitt "very sophisticated" and "cold as an alp." She "runs the Dollhouse with an efficiency that is both ruthless and protective" and "would die before she showed anyone how lonely she is."

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10. GLORY – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER



About: Glorificus, commonly known as Glory and also referred to as The Beast, The Abomination, That Which Cannot Be Named, was a powerful goddess from a hell dimension, banished to Earth in human form, and one of the Scooby Gang's most dangerous enemies.

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14. PENNY – DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG



About: Penny is a main character and the only genuinely good character in the web series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". She is a volunteer at the Caring Hands Homeless Shelter. While attending her local laundromat, she is noticed by Billy/Dr. Horrible and he takes an interest in her. Not long after formally meeting Billy, she is rescued by Captain Hammer and develops an infatuation with him while also developing a friendship with Billy at the laundromat, telling him to be positive no matter what and implying that she had a history of failed jobs and loneliness. After she goes out with Captain Hammer several times, Hammer persuades the Mayor to sign over a new homeless shelter for Penny, who is ecstatic--though eventually she begins to see the worst aspects of Hammer's personality. During the official ceremony, Penny is mortally wounded by the shrapnel of Dr. Horrible's backfiring Death Ray, fired by Hammer himself, and eventually succumbs to her wounds and dies, which leads to Billy finally giving himself to his dark side and finding himself as a feared villain.

Penny can be seen as a metaphor for giving up what makes you happy in exchange for status or "success". In the end, Dr. Horrible only succeeds in his career when his happiness lies at his feet dead.

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