X is for Xander Harris
I love that this is a genuine X and not a stretch like most of my other 'X' posts have been!
|Yes I included the eye-patch.|
After High School, Xander drifted from temporary job to temporary job before discovering building and carpentry, at which he excelled, and was eventually able to move out of his parents' basement into an apartment of his own. Xander fought (albeit not very skillfully) alongside Buffy for seven years. He eventually lost an eye during an altercation with the priest Caleb (played by Nathan Fillion) in the final season, before helping Buffy blow up the town, and riding into the sunset with everyone else on the big yellow bus.
Xander was the non-supernatural member of the Scooby Gang, never gaining any magical powers or special strength or brilliant intelligence. He was often uncoordinated and unskilled, but witty and funny and caring. Xander was "us" in the show - the people without any abilities who wanted to fight alongside Buffy - he was our "in", how we could be part of the Scooby Gang. Not being magical or powerful, Xander was able to see and recognise the strength in others, the struggles they were going through, the times when they needed a shoulder to cry on or needed someone to tell them to stop acting like an idiot. Or when they just needed a one-liner to break the tension.
One of my favourite Xander episodes occured in season 5, when a demon splits him into two people. Nicholas Brendon (the actor who plays Xander) is a twin, so his twin brother, Kelly Donovan, played his other half.
|Nicholas and Kelly|
|With Emma Caulfield and Nicholas Brendon|