The popularity of vampire-themed series continues to thrive, with shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries capturing the attention of viewers. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is considered one of the best television series of all time, paved the way for other vampire shows to follow.
Buffy and The Vampire Diaries share several similarities. Both revolve around a teenage girl who is part of a special lineage and is caught in a love triangle between a "good" and a "bad boy" vampire. They also have a powerful witch as a best friend and a normal human friend.
Additionally, there is a mentor figure in both shows. When comparing the characters, Stefan from The Vampire Diaries is much more enjoyable to watch than Angel from Buffy. Stefan's on-screen presence, portrayed by Paul Wesley, makes him a joy to watch, while Angel, played by David Boreanaz, becomes boring over time. In terms of younger siblings, Dawn from Buffy and Jeremy from The Vampire Diaries are not as popular among fans.
However, Jeremy is less interesting compared to Dawn, who represents a narrative risk that pays off. Giles from Buffy and Alaric from The Vampire Diaries both serve as mentors to the protagonists. While Giles occasionally becomes unpleasant, Alaric is more consistent and respectful of the main character's thoughts and feelings.
Xander from Buffy and Matt from The Vampire Diaries are the normal guys in their respective teams. Xander brings humor to the show but loses points for leaving his fiancée at the altar. Matt, on the other hand, adds humanity to the supernatural group.
Both characters are vital to their series and display astounding strength and selflessness. Through their roles, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nina Dobrev made lasting impacts in pop culture and redefined heroism for young women, but Buffy's numerous acts of saving the world solidify her as the ultimate champion.