Willow Rosenberg

Season One - Three | Season Four - Five
Season Six | Season Eight | The Future

Seasons One - Three

Willow, Season Two    In her early years at high school, Willow was a shy, naïve loner with a light, risqué sense of humor. She was ridiculed by her more popular classmates such as cheerleaders Cordelia Chase and Harmony Kendall. When Buffy moved to Sunnydale, Willow became her best friend, along with Xander, dedicating herself to aiding her friend in the battle against evil. She developed a romantic relationship with Daniel 'Oz' Osborne, a guitarist in the local band Dingoes Ate My Baby. Even She continues to date him after the revelation that he is a werewolf. (BtVS: A Stake to the Heart, The Remaining Sunlight)

    Even before Buffy moved to Sunnydale, Willow had known that things went bump in the night in Sunnydale. When she was a child, she had a run-in with Mad Jack, Sunnydale's boogeyman, a demon that stalked Sunnydale residents and fed off their fear. Willow was not physically hurt during the encounter, but was forever scarred from the experience and never told anyone, not even her best friend Xander. (flashback in BtVS: The Blood of Carthage)

    Willow aided Buffy by researching information to overcome various challenges, and later pursued an interest in spell casting. In the beginning Willow required additional assistance to perform a spell correctly. When a Djinn attacked Sunnydale High, Willow tried to cast a temporal fold on her own, but couldn't control the spell and ended up teleporting the Djinn into the past to face another Slayer. When a large demonic bird attacked Sunnydale, Willow required Buffy's Watcher’s help to successfully cast an enchantment spell to destroy the bird. Willow nearly lost her powers when a jealous student, who sought to use Willow’s powers to gain attention and respect, magically drained her. (BtVS: Broken Bottle of Djinn, Ring of Fire, Bad Dog)

    After vigorous practice and training, Willow became more proficient with her powers and was able to effectively teleport herself away from a vampire attack as well as being able to cast a trans-possession spell to remove the vengeful spirit of the recently deceased Mayor of Sunnydale from the host it was occupying. (BtVS: Haunted)


Seasons Four - Five
   
Willow, Season Four    At UC Sunnydale, Willow asserted her independence, moving out from the shadow of Xander, her best friend since five years old. After Oz's dramatic departure, Willow joined the campus Wicca group, a disappointing experience except for the presence of Tara Maclay. Sharing a lot in common, the two got together on a regular basis to practice magic as the nature of their relationship eventually turning into a romantic one. Their relationship became the envy of a girl from their Wicca group, who became a danger to Sunnydale when neither Buffy nor the rest of the Scooby Gang were available to help Willow and Tara. In an effort to prove herself worthy, the girl called upon forces that she was not control, and required Willow and Tara to clean up the mess for her. (Willow & Tara: Wannablessedbe)

    After being introduced to the rest of the Scooby Gang, Tara had a hard time fitting in, feeling somewhat outside of the inner circle. Though Xander had a relationship of his own, he worried whether Tara was good enough for Willow, while Willow occupied similar thoughts about Xander's girlfriend, Anya. Demon manifestations of jealousy known as Avendschrook ignited the couples' emotions, coercing them to flare up and try to kill one another. After the Avendschrook's influence was removed, the couples’ emotions reverted to normal and they settled their differences. (BtVS: Ugly Monsters)

    After Buffy is forced to sacrifice herself to save the life of her sister, Willow took up the role as the leader of the Scoobies. She and Tara also moved into Buffy's home to act as legal guardians for Dawn, who was now an orphan after losing her mother (to a brain tumor). During Buffy's absence, the Scoobies realized they needed to ensure that the Underworld would not discover that the Slayer was dead. If demons thought that Buffy was alive, they would be less likely to strike out of fear, leading Willow to reactivate the Buffybot to go on patrols, which was an identical robot replica of the real Buffy Summers. Still, the BuffyBot was not enough, and Willow realized they needed the real Buffy back. (BtVS: Death of Buffy)



Season Six
   
    Willow's magical skills peaked when she lead Tara, Xander and Anya in raising Buffy from the dead. Afterwards, she became addicted to using magic. Her disregard for the consequences of her actions eventually drove Tara away. With Tara's departure, Willow was forced to face her problem and stops using magic. When Tara was murdered by Warren Mears however, a grief-stricken Willow unleashed the dark energies once more, and magically flayed him and left him to die. Willow retreated to England with Buffy's Watcher Rupert Giles to deal with her magical nature and her place in the universe, leaving Buffy with one less Scooby to help her win back Sunnydale when the town was invaded by a demon army. (BtVS: Withdrawal, Note from the Underground)


Season Eight
Willow, Season Eight   
    Following Tara's death, Willow began dating a Slayer potential, Kennedy, but both decided to take things slowly after Kennedy suffered a month-long mystical death. After the surge in the Slayer population from two to two thousand, Willow took time away from Buffy, Xander and Dawn, studying under Saga Vasuki, a mysterious snake-like being. Over a year after the destruction of Sunnydale, Willow appeared at Buffy and Xander's Scotland base, battling Amy and her army of the undead. Amy managed to kidnap Willow, and brought her to Warren, who was being kept alive by Amy's magic. Warren lobotomized Willow, who took refuge in a mental plane before being rescued by Buffy, unharmed. (BtVS: The Long Way Home)

    Willow began to settle in Scotland with Buffy and Xander, and attempted to aid Dawn who had transformed into a giant. When Buffy and Willow went on a mission to find out about more about the Scoobies' newest enemy, Twilight, the demon Sephrilian revealed the friends' secrets to each other, leaving their friendship strained. While fighting vampires in Tokyo, Willow met and battled a fellow student of Saga Vasuki, the witch Kumiko. The vision she receives during this fight with Kumiko would later lead her to investigate a possible ripple in time in New York. When Buffy was kidnapped into the future, Willow contacted Vasuki for help during sex with an oblivious Kennedy. Saga Vasuki warned Willow not to look forward into the future when she rescued Buffy from it; Willow complied and successfully returned Buffy to the present. (BtVS: Wolves at the Gate, Time of Your Life)


Season Eight
   
    Through currently unknown means, Willow remained youthful for centuries and eventually resumed her "dark" appearance of black hair and veins. Approximately two hundred years into the future, Willow locates herself in Haddyn—otherwise known as Manhattan—allying herself with Harth Fray, the vampiric brother of the Slayer Melaka Fray. Willow brings Buffy through time, telling Harth that Buffy's presence in the future would cause that future to exist, while manipulating Melaka into believing that if Buffy returned to her own period, this time would cease to exist. Eventually both parties learned that Willow was lying to one of them, while Buffy herself fought her way across Haddyn to get to a rift in time and return to the present, killing Willow before her true agenda could be revealed. (BtVS: Time of Your Life)


Links

Comic Book Guide to Buffy
Comic Book Guide to Buffy

 

Tales of the Slayers
Tales of the Slayers

 

Joss Whedon's Fray
Joss Whedon's Fray

 

Comic Monster Guide
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Hellmouth Central
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