Buffy the Vampire Slayer is packed with some truly unforgettable characters, and behind each of them is a confident and seamless actor bringing them to life. From anti-heroes to straight-up villains, to comedy side-kicks to socially inept demons, every character has something to love. Watching them grow on screen is a blast.
For many, it's simply astounding the level of talent, passion and intensity goes into the roles.
The following list will have a look at the very best acting performances Buffy the Vampire Slayer has to offer, focusing on the way the character grew over the show, the way they suit the tone of shifting episodes, and the simple brilliance of their best moments. From good guys to bad guys and everyone in between, there are plenty to choose from.
Unfortunately, since there as so many great performances, some will have to be relegated to honourable mentions, though not one of these actors is anything short of brilliant: Seth Green as Oz; Kristine Sutherland as Joyce Summers; Amber Benson as Tara Maclay; Claire Kramer as Glory; Harry Groening as Richard Wilkins; Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase; and so many more that could have made the cut.