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A Question for you all: Is Buffy Summers Really A Superheroine?
Yesterday I watch a show on PBS about heroines and one part featured Buffy. Now my question to all the fans is: Is Buffy Summers really a super hero? Yes she has the strengh to fight all the monsters and such. But does she have any real weaknesses? Apart from having "Bleeding tragic taste in men." as Spike puts it.

Is Buffy Really A Superhero?

Yes!
15(78.9%)
No!
1(5.3%)
Sometimes/Maybe
3(15.8%)


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From:beatrice_otter (Link)
Date: October 19th, 2013 - 07:00 pm
 
If Buffy is disqualified for being a superhero on account of "bleeding tragic taste in men" being her only weakness then Batman should be disqualified because his only weakness is epic manpain and related emotional issues.
From:mmooch (Link)
Date: October 29th, 2013 - 10:45 am
 
I would go so far as to say that Buffy is more of a superhero than Batman because his 'extraness' (and if that isn't a Buffyism, I don't know what is) is mainly gadgets and intelligence; Buffy actually has super-human abilities.

Is it a requirement that a superhero has a weakness? I would guess that only about 1/3-1/2 of them have something as obvious as Superman's allergy to Kryptonite.
From:livejournal (Link)
Date: October 22nd, 2013 - 03:22 am
 Saturday, October 19 - Monday, October 21
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From:red_satin_doll (Link)
Date: October 22nd, 2013 - 05:47 pm
 
Is Buffy Summers really a super hero? Yes she has the strengh to fight all the monsters and such. But does she have any real weaknesses? Apart from having "Bleeding tragic taste in men." as Spike puts it.

I'm not sure I understand the question, but perhaps it's facetious? How are we defining "hero"? Is the assumption that a lack of "weaknesses" prevents Buffy from being a "hero"? she has weaknesses a-plenty, not just in terms of her romantic life (which is one of the most regressive aspect of the show, IMO) Or is the assumption being that too many weaknesses disqualifies her?

I prefer "hero" to "heroine" btw - "heroine" still sounds like an accessory to the "real" (read: male) hero. To me, Buffy Summers is a HERO, full-stop.
From:horrorfangirl (Link)
Date: November 6th, 2013 - 12:55 am
 
Sorry I just thought that heroine sounded better because Buffy is a woman and putting the word 'hero' with a woman's name looked strange in the sentence. And I admit I was trying to be funny when I added the line from Spike.
From:red_satin_doll (Link)
Date: November 6th, 2013 - 05:36 am
 
No worries! Ten years ago I certainly would have used the word "heroine" had I been watching at the time; nowadays for me "hero" just seems right, certainly for her. It helps that it's canon: "She's a hero, you see" (Giles in The Gift).

And I admit I was trying to be funny when I added the line from Spike.

Ah, I admit I can be somewhat dense at times! ;)

I'm still curious as to what exactly inspired the poll (aside from the PBS show you mentioned), and what response you expected? Do you agree or disagree that she's a "hero(ine)" and how do you define that term in this instance?
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