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Top 15 Joss Whedon characters: The best of the Buffy, Angel, Firefly bunch

21 June 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joss Whedon, lauded king of fandom, purveyor of wisdom and de facto overseer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday (June 23).

Whedon's always had a knack for taking pre-established characters – whether it's The Avengers or a gang of talking toys or the cast of Speed – and making them just that bit more quippy and emotionally rich and awesome. But it's his original small-screen characters that remain his most beloved.

Below, Digital Spy counts down our top fifteen Whedonverse characters. You can vote for your favourite in the poll below, then take to the comments to rank about all the rankings we got wrong and all the favourites we've inevitably left out.

15. Dr Horrible

Neil Patrick Harris's "aspiring supervillain" is never at any point successfully villainous. He's a more immediately loveable extension of Buffy's Nerd Troika – the perpetually overlooked semi-recluse who can barely string a sentence together around his crush, »

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Complete Buffy reviews: Choices

6 May 2014 1:43 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There's a wind of change in the air. And I'm not talking about my adverse reaction to a new brand of curry that I sampled for lunch.

Nope. Down in Sunnydale, Buffy and her friends are on the cusp of leaving school and moving on to pastures new. While Xander's contemplating a bohemian life on the road, Buffy and Willow are about to embark on that next stepping stone to a good job. The question is, where do they go to university? We've fortunately missed out on the university interviews, which, if my experience is anything to go by, consists of spotty, patronising boffins firing sneering questions so tricky that even Paxo would be silenced into submission. Evidently, Willow has had an easier press, given that she's drowning in acceptances from Harvard to Oxford – Buffy, on the other hand, has to consider her future, given that her calling as the »

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Complete Buffy reviews: Enemies

22 April 2014 1:24 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

DVD special features. Ain't they great? Packed full of fun facts about the making of your favourite TV programme or movie, they're designed to add great value for money to our favourite shiny discs.

The problem is though, they're the equivalent of Toto pulling back the curtain on a huffing and puffing Wizard of Oz who's doing his level best to convince a motley crew of visitors that he's some awe-inspiring green overlord head of doom rather than a chubby bloke pressing down lots of pipes. The illusion's gone – much like the DVD special features which show the mundane process behind the end product. Look, there's a sweaty cameraman zooming in on the hero of the hour! Look, there's take number 39, with cast members pulling the face of a man chomping down on a wasp sandwich. Value for money is all well and good, but DVD extras are essentially the »

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Complete Buffy reviews: Bad Girls/Consequences

5 April 2014 3:11 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I've been humming and hawwing about how to approach the next couple of episodes for the third series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The issue that I sometimes encounter is that although some episodes aren't advertised as two or even three part stories, they still can be viewed as such. Bad Girls and Consequences are two such episodes that form a loose two-parter, and since they revolve around the same plot points and themes, I guessed it would make more sense to tackle these as one big review rather than two in which I repeat myself a lot.

Mind you, I've noticed that I've repeated myself in the past more times than I care to remember. How many times have I mentioned Dragon's Den or The Apprentice, for example?

Anyway, back to Buffyland. Bad Girls/Consequences marks the turning point of the third season with regards to the ongoing season arc. »

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