'Buffy' Turns 20: Ranking the Big Bads

Buffy the Vampire Slayer coined the term "Big Bad" to describe the overarching villain who dominated each of the show's seven seasons. While individual episodes might bring in a demon or three, there was always a bigger foe waiting for an epic season-ending battle. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the show's premiere, here's a look at Buffy's baddies, ranked from horrible to horriblest.

Ranking the Biggest, Baddest 'Buffy' Villains

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Who's your favorite Big Bad? Let us know below!

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RachelLEditor
Mar 9, 2017 8:20PM EST

Agreed on Angelus. Honorable mention unintentional villain: Dawn. (the worst)

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Mar 9, 2017 9:39PM EST

Agreed on Dawn. Also most annoying.

Love the show! A true landmark.

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scotwotContributor
Mar 10, 2017 11:24AM EST

Totally agree with both RacheIL and asleom's comments.

Angel becoming Angelus, oh, poor Buffy and poor Angel! I remember her mom talking to her about how boy's change and Buffy saying something like, "You have no idea."

Hush is in my top five of best tv episodes, ever, it is so scary yet has funny moments (the scene with Buffy miming a stake in the lecture room and Willow miming the tearing out of a heart all being misinterpreted. Love!).

The Mayor, he was so deliciously evil, a great performance, After all he'd done, I loved that scene when he gave the commencement speech, Buffy says to Willow, "Oh no, he's going to do the entire speech!" *pauses a beat* "Evil."

Haven't watched any of the eps since they aired but I now feel the need to get a box set of all things Buffy and remember the days when she ran, ran, ran all over town to defeat yet another 'Big Bad.'

Tyvm, T.J. Loved this slideshow and all the comments beside the pics. I'd forgotten how much I loved Buffy and Angel, although my favorite character was always Willow (but not evil Willow! yikes!).

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Mar 14, 2017 9:52PM EDT

All hail Glory! She was amazing, definitely my favorite. I love Michelle Trachtenberg in everything... but Buffy.

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