One of my greatest academic achievements was the load of psychobabble I once told a tutor about representation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (nonsense about eyes, souls, outsiders, blah, blah). So I think it’s fitting that when thinking about someone who doesn’t get the credit he deserves Alexander LaVelle Harris sprung to mind.
For those not in the know about Xander Harris he is one of the original ‘scoobies’ and has been an essential part of the team that has prevented the Hellmouth from opening on numerous occasions.Yet his part in this is often overlooked due to his normalness, he is the archetypal everyman on the periphery of the action. He is the representative of the viewer, watching but not involved.
That is why I am glad I have got the opportunity to interview the Shaggy of the Slayer-Scooby Gang
Excuse me? Who, at a crucial moment, distracted the lead demon by allowing her to pummel him about the head?
Xander, you don’t have any special abilities (unless you count the time you picked up skills as a soldier one Halloween), what he do have is a special quality that all of us can possess. You are the most human, you can be loyal, brave, kind and loving; and you do so in the knowledge that is backed up without any supernatural powers. How could you defeat Willow when she went a bit crazy?
I just told her, I love you, Willow. I love crayon breaky Willow and I love scary veiny Willow. So if you’re gonna end the world, you’re gonna have to start with me!
Your romantic achievements are littered with missteps and a tendency to pick up the demonic ladies. You also seem full of self-doubt like when you faced your evil twin’, who is self-confidant and extremely competent, is this a side of yourself you don’t recognise?
Working with the Slayer. Seeing my friends get more and more powerful… a witch. A demon. Hell, I could fit Oz in my shaving kit, but come a full moon, he had a wolfy mojo not to be messed with. Powerful, all of them. And I’m the guy who fixes the windows
Like anyone who finds themselves pushed to the background in a group of more ‘powerful’ friends you seem more aware of goings on than anyone would give you credit for, and you are the one most likely to be able to keep the group together. How do you do this/
It’s like I once told Dawn…They’ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn’t Chosen, to live so near the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody’s watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You’re not special. You’re extraordinary.
Xander Harris, you are one of the many who live their lives in an unassuming manner being super in our own unextraordinary way.
I saved the world with talking, from my mouth. My mouth saved the world
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Interview.”
Interview your favorite fictional character.