We have to be really honest with ourselves right now. With nearly 20 years between us and the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 13 years since it ended, it is time to admit a harsh truth: Xander Harris was a complete asshole.
For starters, he was pining after Buffy like a complete “nice guy” sadsack assbutt…
…while completely ignoring his best friend who was clearly in love with him.
And Anya? Poor, precious, wonderful Anya? She deserved better.
So did Cordy. Cheating on your girlfriend with the aforementioned best friend you fucked with for years? No, Xander. No.
His eyes are beady.
Sorry, that’s probably a sore subject.
Also? HE FUCKING KILLED ANGEL. I don’t care if Buffy was the one with the sword—that shit is Xander’s fault.
Xander: Willow. Uh, she told me to tell you…
Buffy: Tell me what?
Xander: Kick his ass.
And while this is hardly the show’s fault, I inadvertendly uncovered some Xander/Riley naked porn fan art while pulling gifs for this. So, like, do with that what you will, I suppose. Hot clownshoe on clownshoe action, I guess.
Basically, Xander may have been the comic relief and “the one who sees.” But he was also a huge butthole.