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Buffy’s It-Girl Problem & Intersectional Feminism

Buffy and Faith’s relationship is complicated, to say the least. They have great affection for and understanding of each other, but their bond is marred by jealousy, betrayal, and Faith choosing to channel her pain into destruction. In season 7, Faith captures the crux of it when she says “There's only supposed to be one. Maybe that's why you and I can never get along. We're not supposed to exist together.”

Whenever a woman gains enough power to be on equal footing with Buffy, she is knocked down. As long as they are relegated to sidekick, there’s no problem. But when another character, Willow, becomes too powerful as a witch, it’s portrayed as an addiction that must be controlled. When the ex-demon Anya regains her vengeance demon powers, she must relinquish them to rejoin the group. “There’s only supposed to be one.”