Buffy: Are Buffy and Angel really soulmates?

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer has come back into the spotlight after the supernatural series was picked up by All 4.The series follows teenage protagonist Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), who is burdened with saving the world from demons. In the series, she falls in love with half-human, half-vampire, Angel (David Boreanaz) and their relationship is complex.

Are Buffy and Angel really soulmates?

Angel was introduced in the first season of Buffy, when the teenage slayer was just getting used to her new life at a different school.

Having heard a new slayer had been chosen, Angel silently pursued her for a while before confronting her over her special abilities.

At first, he did not reveal he was half-vampire, but his secret was out when he kissed her for the first time.

Whenever Angel was experiencing intense emotions, his face would evolve from its human form into vampire form.

Despite the fact Buffy had been tasked with killing those like Angel, she could not help but let her feelings for him change her fate.

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Throughout the series, the pair had an on/off relationship as they realised their lives were set on opposite paths.

Although Buffy seemed to enjoy the thrill of Angel’s demonic side, she wanted to lead a normal life wherever possible.

Likewise, Angel realised he was not able to provide Buffy with the sense of normality she needed, and it put a strain on their relationship.

Occasionally Angel’s demonic Angelus persona would come forward, and this posed as too much of a risk to Buffy and her friends.

During an emotional scene at Buffy’s school prom, the pair officially broke up, as Angel believed he would be happier without him in her life. They shared one last dance together before Angel left Sunnydale to appear in his own titular spin-off series.

Fans have mixed opinions over their relationship, with some calling it “creepy” having watched the series a second time.

Others were supportive of their partnership, saying although it was not particularly healthy, they deeply loved each other.

Ogmarker said on Reddit: “I think they understood each other incredibly well and were super pivotal to each other at that point in their lives.

“But, their lives were pulling them in different directions and they would keep trying over and over to make it work, to no avail.

“I think in regards to that it was unhealthy, and Angel himself recognizes this in S3, just how much she’s missing out on and sacrificing to be with him, which is why he finally breaks it off.

“I’m sure there’s some corny saying about how ‘your soulmate isn’t the person you’re supposed to end up with’ blah blah, this applies to them.”

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Some fans were devastated to see Angel leave the series, and although they admit his relationship with Buffy was on tenterhooks, they have suggested it could have been salvaged.

Littlefenger said: “Here’s my solution for it all. The main conflict in their relationship is that Buffy is mortal and Angel will have to watch her grow old and die.

“Angel can’t give Buffy the mortal things she wants, children, daytime outings, etc. Willow [Alyson Hannigan] restored Angel’s soul. What’s stopping Buffy from turning into a vampire and Willow immediately restoring her soul the moment she turns?”

There was, however, more to their relationship struggle than the fact Angel could not give Buffy what she wanted.

There was an imminent risk to Buffy, and everyone close to her, as Angel was cursed with turning into Angelus whenever he experienced true happiness.

With this in mind, it would have been difficult for the pair to have a fairytale ending without Angel being able to rid himself of his killer persona for good.

Angel’s personality was attractive to Buffy and he was gentle yet mysterious and sometimes unpredictable. Whether the attraction was real love is something fans have continued to question.

Almondpeels said: “It’s infatuation rather than love. Just brutal, senseless attraction, I’m not even sure they like each other, they were never able to be friends.

“I don’t know if that happens in real life but that sort of relationship has been used and used and reused in fiction.”

Despite the fact they were unable to be together in a romantic sense, the pair always vowed to support each other until the very end.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer airs on All 4 and Amazon Prime Video

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