I'm a bit behind, so I'm going to get this one done today, and another one too, and try and catch up a little. I promise it's not just me trying to bury the Xander hate-fest.
Giles and Buffy
I don't know if this technically counts as a friendship because it's a mentor/mentee relationship, but the relationship between Buffy and Giles is just so fantastic in so many ways. From day one they have a great dynamic together. I'm going to go through some of the Buffy and Giles Greatest Hits here.
In Season One we learn that one of Giles' greatest nightmares is letting Buffy die. For so early on in the show, it's impressive that he is so connected to her. In "Prophecy Girl", the finale of Season One, Giles finds a prophecy that says Buffy must face The Master and die. After she--rightfully--freaks out about this, Giles decides that he will go up against The Master himself instead.
Buffy isn't going to face the
Master. I am.
No you're not.
So I'm looking for a kid, huh?
He'll take me to the Master. GILES
Buffy, I'm not sending you out
there to die. You were right.
I've waded about in these old books
for so long I've forgotten what
the real world is like. It's time
I found out.
You're still not going up against
I've made up my mind.
So have I.
Well, I made up mine first. And
I'm older and wiser and just do as
I say for once. All right?
It's not how it goes. I'm the
I don't care what the books say.
I defy prophecy. I'm going. Nothing you
can say will change my mind.
When he wakes up, tell him... I
don't know. Think of something
cool, tell him I said it.
I believe that's called growing up.
I'd like to stop, then. Okay?
I know the feeling.
Well, does it ever get easy?
You mean life?
Yeah. Does it get easy?
What do you want me to say.
Lie to me.
Yes. It's terribly simple.
The good-guys are stalwart and true.
The bad-guys are easily distinguished
by their pointy horns or black hats and
we always defeat them and save the day.
Nobody ever dies…and everybody lives
happily ever after.
(with weary affection)
You never get even a little tired of
hearing yourself talk, do you?
That's one spunky girl you've raised.
I'm gonna eat her.
(crossing to Giles)
Giles? You okay?
Embarrassed mostly. Buffy, I don't
know what to say. You know I'd
I know. And I'm so sorry about,
you know, stabbing you in the heart...
How, how did you know it was me?
Your eyes. There's only one
person in the world who can look
that annoyed with me.
We should have stayed. If we had,
none of this --
You did... what was necessary. What
I've always admired.
Being able to place your heart
above all else.
I'm so proud of you. How far you've
come. You're everything a Watcher -
everything I could have hoped for ...
Can you move?
Need... a minute… She could have
No she couldn't. Never. And sooner
or later, Glory will re-emerge and make
Buffy pay for that mercy, and the world
with her. Buffy even knows that, and
still she wouldn't take a human life.
Because she's a hero, you see.
She's not like us.
Giles' expression never changes.
God. I don't know where to start- GILES
Well, Willow's clearly been abusing
She has. She was - and I barely even
noticed. Everything's been so...
Dawn's a total klepto, Xander left
Anya at the altar and Anya became a
demon again. And I - I'm so... I've
been sleeping with Spike.
GILES stares at her for a moment.
Buffy becomes self-conscious, assuming he's disgusted with her. She's about to say something when, suddenly
GILES bursts out LAUGHING.
Duct tape? BUFFY
Over their mouths! Then I'm letting
the demon eat them-
Because they're just figments?
All of it! You, Sunnydale... And I'm
a nutcase in L.A.! GILES
Of course. Why didn't we see it
Can you forgive me? BUFFY
I should never have left.
Oh, Giles... You were right to
leave. We're just... stupid.
But I know you're all stupid. I
shouldn't have abandoned you. BUFFY
No. You were right about everything.
It is time I was an adult.
Sometimes the most adult thing you
can do is ask for help when you need
Now you tell me.