As part of our ongoing series of discussions about parallels that might be made between Lost Girl and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we discuss how our lead characters, Bo and Buffy, compare to each other. While they are the same general type of character and do have some commonalities, their major story arcs and themes are quite different.
- Quippy, badass supernatural heroines
- Street smart rather than book smart
- Protective, appreciate a group effort rather than working solo
- Coming of age stories, to a certain extent
- “Coming out” language used when they tell their mothers that they are supernatural beings
- Bad first sexual experiences: Bo literally killed her boyfriend Kyle while Buffy figuratively killed Angel
- Romeo & Juliet/Juliet & Juliet storylines
- Kicked out of their houses by their mothers when they find out about their abilities
- Go through a period of isolation from their friends
- Bo’s story is one of redemption and discovering her origins, which never really factors into Buffy’s story
- Buffy’s main story arc is about the burden of being the chosen one
- While we are getting more of a chosen one angle to Bo’s story recently, it’s not nearly as prominent as it is on Buffy
- Bo doesn’t love that she’s a succubus at the beginning, but once she figures out how to feed without killing she’s pretty OK with it
- Buffy being the slayer is a big secret that causes conflict in her relationships in early seasons, which never is much of an issue for Bo. Bo lives in a world in which she can be open (most of the time) about being a succubus.
- There’s a lot of Buffy being the slayer in conflict with her desire to be a normal girl. There’s a little bit of that on Bo’s side, but it’s not nearly as prominent.
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