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Throwback Thursday is your weekly concentrated dose of nostalgia, where we round up the bests and worsts of all things 90s (and the early 2000s.) This week: The top 5 reasons Willow Rosenberg was amazing.

It’s no secret.  Anyone who knows Abby Brinn knows that, when it comes to famous witches of the 90s, Hermione Granger is my one and only.  Nobody will ever replace the brightest witch of our time.  She will always be the best and the ultimate girl-power-bookworm role model, as well as my number one personal hero (next to Tina Fey…and Justin Timberlake).  But, there is a new girl in town who is starting to come in at a close second: Willow from TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer (special shout outs to Dani Walker and Chelsea Hunt for being the ones to convince me to watch it).   What kind of 90s-themed blogger would I be if I didn’t have at least one Buffy post? Also, can I just say, some super solid writing on the show, which I wasn’t exactly expecting—I’m a huge fan of the witty banter and the literary references.  I may have only just finished season four, so nobody spoil anything for me, but I think it is safe to say that I have already pinpointed Willow’s greatest characteristics.  So, without further ado, I bring you all the Top Five Best Things About Willow Rosenberg.


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Much like my beloved Hermione Granger, Willow has a certain flair for the intellectual.  It’s quite obvious that her IQ status is well above that of everyone around her (except maybe Giles).  But, then again, she does tend to be surrounded by people of a slightly lesser intellectual caliber.  Xander isn’t exactly a genius.  However, this is definitely not an issue of comparison.  Willow is book smart, and also tech savvy! Thanks to her superior-mind status, Willow is constantly helping the crew out with her ability to hack into any and all computer networks to find the important information they need to slay the demons.  She’s basically the girl Steve Jobs.

She’s a WITCH

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Well, I guess the contemporary “PC” term for her is  “Wicca”, but, for all intensive purposes, Willow practices sorcery. She’s a dabbler in the dark arts, if you will.  That’s just kind of badass.  While some of the magic-practicing characters on the show, such as the villainous Ethan Rayne, use their powers to stir up trouble and cause chaos, Willow is more of the Glinda-type: a good witch.  As if her computer hacking skillz weren’t helpful enough, Willow often comes up with a spell to aid and assist Buffy in her slaying duties.  After all, what are friends for, if not to hack into other computer networks and perform magic to help you fight demons?

She’s a GINGER

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You all know of my all-consuming love of the ginger race.  Some of the greatest people in both real and fictional existence are gingers: The Flying Tomato, Carrot Top, The Entire Weasley Family And The Actors That Play Them In The Movies—just to name a few.  Basically, gingers are superior beings.  They are well-known for their feisty and fiery personalities, and Willow is no exception to this rule.  The girl certainly has spunk, and I think her ginger hair only enhances her spunkiness.  Plus, at one point, she dates Oz (played by Seth Green), who is also a ginger!  It’s gingerception! Gingers on gingers on gingers on gingers!


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Let’s just take a moment to talk about all of Willow’s love interests.  First there is Xander.  Xander is the epitome of lovable goofball.  For a while their sexual tension was a real driving force on the show.  As much as I wished that Willow and Xander would be the Hermione and Ron of the show and somehow end up together, I’m realizing they work much better is close friends. After Xander, comes Oz, the guitar-playing-ginger-werewolf.  He was pretty cool and helped Willow come out of her shell, but then he ended things in a way that was super hurtful.  Even a text message break up would have been better than just peacing out with some werewolf girl! That being said, I was kind of obsessed with the idea of Willow and Oz creating an army of gingers to rule the world.  However, Willow’s final love interest is probably the best of them all, because she is a lady.  And also a witch.  And her name is Tara.  And they have a kitten.  And everything about that is perfect.


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I swear, all teenagers in the 90s did was hang out in groups of three and solve mysteries.  However, it is important that every protagonist have a good group of pals, usually comprised of quirky misfits. The “Scooby Gang”, as they call themselves on the show, is not an exception to this rule.  Just like Harry has his ginger bestie, Ron, Buffy has her ginger bestie, Willow.  What would The Slayer be without her “BFF Jill” supporting her?  In fact, one of the running themes on the show is the importance of friendship, especially in the face of danger.  Of course, it was Hermione Granger that put it best saying, “Books and cleverness! There are more important things, friendship and bravery.”

Who was your favorite Buffy character?