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Xander Harris Was The Worst Part Of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Updated October 1, 2020 11.7k votes 1.4k voters 44.2k views14 items

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed television. Not only did it give the world one of the most nuanced female characters in the dark fantasy genre, but it also showed audiences what a bad friend looks like. Xander Harris is the worst. He may be a member of the Scooby Gang, but he's not the kind of person you want in your corner when the world is being swallowed into hell. 

Xander isn't bad because he's powerless, or because he has awful fashion sense. He's the worst part of Buffy because he's childish, he can be creepy, and he only thinks about himself. Every other character on Buffy goes through several seasons of character development, with narratives riddled with misfortune, but Xander just becomes more disappointing as the series progresses.

If you're a huge fan of Xander, this doesn’t mean you have bad taste, or that you're watching the show wrong, but there are plenty of reasons why Xander Harris is the worst member of the Scoobies. 

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    He Gets Buffy Kicked Out Of Her House

    In Season 7, Buffy leads Xander into a trap that gets his eye poked out, and she becomes difficult to deal with while training the new mini-slayers, but that doesn't mean Xander gets to decide where she lives. There's no rule that says he has to work with Buffy - even if they are intertwined by years of vampire slaying - but when he decides he's done with her, he manages to get Buffy thrown out of her own house. 

    By the end of Season 7, Buffy has some bad ideas about how to take the fight to the first evil, but her poor planning skills don't have a bearing on where she lives. At the very least, Xander should stand behind one of his oldest friends. Instead, he leads the charge in making Buffy homeless. 

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    He's Super Judgmental And Treats Buffy Terribly

    Buffy has arguably the hardest job on the planet and she doesn't even get paid. The last thing she needs is her mouthy, powerless friend judging her whenever she doesn't act the way he thinks she should. If she's ever too mean with the monsters, he gets on her about it; and when she takes care of business in a way that makes him feel emasculated, he makes sure she feels bad about it. 

    Xander's judgmental streak is at its worst whenever Buffy is dating someone. Her beaus are either too bland, too vampiric, or too evil. He's both prudish and deeply attracted to Buffy, and if she even insinuates that she's interested in someone else, he gets upset with her. 

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    He Once Enlisted Faith To Try To Kill Angel

    In the Season 3 episode "Revelations," Xander shows his true colors once he discovers that Angel is still alive, and that he and Buffy have reconnected. Not only does he drop a dime on Buffy to the rest of the crew, but rather than hear her out or let her make her own decisions, he seeks out Faith and enlists her to help with his grudge. 

    Since Xander is so jealous about Angel and Buffy, he can't understand that Sunnydale needs a supernatural force of good on its side. The thing Xander doesn't realize is that Angel is hiding the Glove of Myneghon, the one thing that Faith's new watcher, Gwendolyn, needs to take over the world. 

    When he and Faith show up to slay Angel, they distract him long enough for Gwendolyn to grab the glove and nearly wipe out the town. If Xander were capable of putting his personal jealousy behind him, he could have helped to stave off an apocalyptic attack. 

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    He Summons A Demon That Starts Slaying People, But Doesn't Admit He's At Fault Until Dawn Is Blamed

    "Once More With Feeling" is a standout episode of Buffy, but the impetus for the singing and dancing demon comes from the show's worst character. Throughout the episode, Buffy and the Scoobies try to figure out just why they're breaking out in song every time they have a feeling, and Xander - who conjured the demon responsible - doesn't immediately clue them into what happened. 

    Xander is so embarrassed about conjuring a dancing demon that he lets Dawn take the blame, and she nearly ends up a child bride because of it. He finally admits that he's the source of the singing and dancing creature, but only because he has to. 

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