Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a show that I have always loved, and tried to get my friends to love. But it always seemed like my Buffy hating friends walked into the room on some of the worst episodes, with some of the most silly villains. Then they wouldn’t be convinced and I’d yell, “But, the Gentlemen!” and they’d say “Who?” and then I’d whimper in frustration. I’ve already written about the ten best Buffy villains, but here are what I believe to be the ten worst.
10. Mr Trick is not awful, it’s more the fact that he is underutilized. He is one of many baddies on the show that gets set up as someone particularly badass, but then goes out rather anti-climactically. It is also rather racist that Mr. Trick is one of the very few black characters and is so…well…smooth. He is basically an evil vampire version of Lando from Star Wars, and that is problematic and annoying. It’s not the actor’s fault, he is fun to watch. But h ad Mr. Trick been given more to do, he might not have made it on to the list.
9. Marcie Ross, otherwise known as “the invisible girl in that one episode in the first season,” is played well by Clea Duvall. And the concept is interesting, but unfortunately a little ham-fisted. What the show is good at is letting the supernatural be a metaphor for high school problems. Unfortunately, in the case of Marcie, the girl who is so unpopular that she becomes invisible, it is a little too obvious. In addition to that, her plan to deface Cordelia, the beauty queen, is a little horror movie camp and not as original as the show usually is. But some first season forgiveness keeps her low on the list.
8. Inca Mummy Girl, also known as Ampata, is relatable in a weird way. In this season 2 episode, as viewers, we understand what is going on before the main characters do, which is sometimes rare for the series. But unfortunately, Ampata suffers from being trapped in something that is virtually the same as an episode from the first season (remember Teacher’s Pet?), but way less creepy and fun. The first season dalliance Xander has with the supernatural is a preying mantis. A mummy cliche just isn’t going to beat that.
7. Adam. People hate Adam a lot worse than I do. I just sort of took him for granted. He’s just there. Which is what I realized on closer inspection, makes him a really lame villain. But Adam could be kind of interesting. His biggest flaw (aside from the persistent questions of “Why does he exist?” and “why did Professor Walsh make him?” and “What was her plan?”) is his intense monologuing. There isn’t a single scene with Adam that doesn’t have a monologue in it. And his monologues aren’t interesting at all. Also, he has a disk drive in his chest, and that is dated and hilarious.
6. The Bartender in Beer Bad and the coach in Go Fish. I put these both in the same slot because they are basically the same character. Although their motivations are different, they’re the completely unexpected, seemingly normal (read old, fat, white guy), person who has been behind it all along. They were both dosing people cause…college guys are mean and the swim team needs to win. It works, but it’s a little annoying.
5. The Trio. Initially, Warren Mears was the only one on this list, because despite their faults, I like Jonathan and Andrew. But actually, Warren is so absolutely vile that he might actually be the best villain on the show. He didn’t rank on my top ten list, but he is the closest to a real life villain that the show ever approached. And his misogyny serves as an important (although dark) point on the show. But the trio, the three nerds, just don’t really work. They’re not believable. Why would Warren want to hang out and team up with Andrew and Jonathan? Why would Jonathan ever want to hurt Buffy when she saved him from suicide? Wait…who’s Andrew? It’s pretty insulting, also, that Andrew has to be closeted gay in order to have the motivation to follow Warren. Although they do address it sufficiently later on.
4. Sunday. Honestly, people like Sunday, the blonde vampire that breaks Buffy’s “Class Protector” award in the first episode of season four. I just hate her, and I can’t really explain why. I think it is because she is so textbook baddie. Quippy Queen Bee that insults Buffy’s clothes? Will be done better with Glory and had already been done for three seasons running with Cordy.
3. Ubervamps. They just don’t look that cool. The first one has a great intro “Spike, wanna see what a real vampire looks like?” And then what comes out is a gray short guy in a leather coat with some scary prosthetics. The ubervamps manage to gain a little steam when we see that they can’t be staked, and how much they kick Buffy’s butt. But then the show anticlimactically makes them possible to kill and Buffy and the gang are able to dispatch a lot of them rather quickly in the finally (even before Willow’s spell kicks in).
2. Biker Gang. The bikers that decide to take over Sunnydale because they’ve heard that the slayer is a robot are pretty corny and almost universally hated by fans. Also, they say extremely rapey things to the gang, and even coming from a scary biker demon, I don’t think those types of threats should be put on TV lightly. If you’re not remember, I believe the quote was “anatomical similarities that tend to…tear…little girls.” Nope.
1. The Anointed One might not just be the worst Buffy villain, but one of the worst villains of all time in anything on TV. He’s basically a kid, and while kids can be creepy, The Anointed One never is. Instead, almost as if the writer’s realized they hadn’t thought it through, they have Spike pick him up over his shoulder like the brat he is and throw him into the sun.