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  • Is Xander "a demon magnet" or is he naturally attracted to powerful girls/women?

    All said regarding writers, producers, actors, directors, viewers, readers, etc. are what I remember, my opinions, etc.




    * We first clearly see Alexander Lavelle Harris's attraction to Buffy. Buffy Anne Summers is not better-looking--or at least significantly better-looking--than Cordelia Chase and some of the random Cordettes and other guest starts we see. But Buffy's the Slayer.


    * Bug lady ("Teacher's Pet" (B 1.04)) is obviously a powerful woman.


    * Next is Ampata (Inca Princess from "Inca Mummy Girl" (B 2.04)).


    * Cordelia Chase has power from simply being 'rich' and being the most popular girl in school. But Xander/Cordelia starts after Cordelia becomes a Scooby.

    And we see Xander's actually more attracted to both Buffy and Willow than he's attracted to Cordelia.


    * Kendra Young is obviously another Slayer.


    * Faith Lehane is obviously another Slayer.


    * Xander becomes attracted to Willow Rosenberg after she becomes a witch (outside of momentary attraction in "When She Was Bad" (B 2.01)).


    * Anyanka is a former vengeance demon.


    * Xander in BtVS S8
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    has a 'thing' with another Slayer. And he eventually gets with Dawn Summers (who is still the Key)).

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    Yep, I find it funny that for a guy who couldn't get one girl, he did get almost all the others. Buffy, Joyce and Tara are the only main characters who had no romantic or sexual relations with him. And as we could obviously disqualify Joyce and Tara, so it would be only Buffy. And it probably exactly why it's happened. He was the only guy character who wasn't protagonist's love interest, so naturally he's got all these storylines. From in-universe point of view it doesn't have any sense at all. It just one of many moments in writing that better to just ignore.
    Last edited by Alce; 08-11-19, 03:15 PM.

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    • #3
      Nope. Just wanted what he couldn't have.

      It's very common for men to be attracted to powerful girls. Conquistador and all that by his dream.

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      • #4
        His essential purpose from a character design standpoint within the theme of the show was to be a heterosexual male who, instead of being intimidated or turned off by powerful, competent women, was attracted to and inspired by them. I think "demon magnet" plays as a winking joke about the negative implications of that preference in a world populated by superpowered monsters.
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        • #5
          Yes, he defintely is a demon magnet. You forgot to mention the demon played by Ashanti whom he dated in Season 7. Also, Cordelia was a normal human in High School but she later became half demon and finally even a higher being.

          He never dated someone who was simply human and had never been or never became supernatural. That can't be a coincidence.

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          • #6
            Maybe Amy's love spell had some hidden long lasting consequences?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by flow View Post
              Yes, he defintely is a demon magnet. You forgot to mention the demon played by Ashanti whom he dated in Season 7. Also, Cordelia was a normal human in High School but she later became half demon and finally even a higher being.

              He never dated someone who was simply human and had never been or never became supernatural. That can't be a coincidence.

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              Neither did Willow. Moloch, Oz, Tara, Kennedy...

              Xander's interests later turned out to be supernatural, but Cordy and Anya were humans at the time of their relations. I would not say he's more of a demon magnet than the other two.

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              • #8
                I read a story - long since disappeared sadly - which paired Xander with Illyria. It highlighted his willingness to explain simple concepts. I would have loved to have seen that pairing.
                Can we agree that the writers made everyone do and say everything with a thought to getting good ratings and being renewed. This includes everything we love as well as everything we hate.

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                • #9
                  Xander is definitely attracted to powerful, independent females. He's actually not a demon magnet, not when you consider all the relationships from all seasons of the show. I don't actually count Natalie French as someone he was truly attracted too though, as that was pheromones. The women he was attracted to, though, Buffy, Ampata, Cordy, Kendra, Faith and Anya, are all powerful and mostly independent females. Kendra is powerful but not independent and Xander's attraction to her disappeared quickly. The being independent part is just as important as the powerful part. The only time we see Xander truly attracted to someone that may not be powerful is Nancy. We don't know enough about her to say she's in any way powerful, but she certainly appeared to be independent.

                  I don't count Willow in this list because in my opinion Xander wasn't actually attracted to her. I hate that storyline, it makes very little sense to me. But even during the storyline Xander didn't actually show any signs of attraction to Willow. There are only two ways I can make sense of that storyline. One is Willow using magic on Xander, a theory I love but doesn't actually fit the character of Willow at that point in time. The other is Xander's fear and insecurity mixing with Willow's crush and controlling nature. Though I personally believe Willow was over Xander by that point, she did want to keep him close. And Xander was terrified of losing his oldest friend with the coming end of high school. Xander clung to Willow in the only way Willow would let him.

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                  • #10
                    I think it was in the rewatch thread for the season that someone suggested that part of the Willow/Xander fling had to do with the fear of growing up and the uncertainty of the future etc. I like that idea tied into the fears of losing each other and the sense of security that they've represented over the years because of how long they've been friends. I don't like the storyline either, but tying it to the insecurities of growing up makes the most logical of explanations for me.

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                    • #11
                      demon magnet or just in the wrong place at the right time? I've never been able to decide. It's kind of like Buffy and vampires, in the workplace feelings develop......

                      "I like who I am when I'm with him. I like who we are together."

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