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Boys According to Noxon

Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head): "Giles is clearly sort of a patriarchal figure. He's the good daddy, because Buffy's daddy is not a good one. ... Having him missing last season I do think just threw the balance off, where all the boys were bitches."

Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendan): "He really represents the loyal heart of a good friend. ... He'll walk into the dangerous situation without any superpowers, whereas everybody else sort of has acquired means. So, in some ways he's a huge hero, he's just sort of unsung. ... People see him as a shmuck, but he's really, really brave."

Spike, a.k.a. William the Bloody: "He sort of represents Buffy's other side. He's her id. He's hang dog because he loves Buffy, and he's not been getting his way. But in some ways I think he's the most powerful. And he's constantly struggling with his nature, which is also a part of Buffy's character arc. So, to me, he is heroic in the Buffy universe, because he's right there representing what the show's about, which is the struggle to be a hero and the other part of you that wants to drag ya on down into the abyss."

Jonathan (Danny Strong): "We may have seen the last of him for a while, but for every year, we just always trotted him out as the kid who walks into the dark alley and gets attacked. In a way, Jonathan's our dumb blond. ... It didn't surprise me that he would try to go evil but that it wouldn't work out for him."

Warren (Adam Busch): "He's an archetype because he was someone whom power corrupted and who was seeking power for the wrong reasons. Unlike Buffy or the heroes, he sought it out and then used it for evil [read: ee-vayl]." The nerds; last season's Jonathan, Warren and Andrew "were sort of the shadow side to the theme we were working with the other characters." While the show's heroes were growing up and taking responsibility, they were out there "doing crime."

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