It's been 20 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first made its way onto television and cultivated one of the biggest fandoms in TV history. People seriously love this show (for plenty of great reasons), and even 20 years later are still debating over one of the shows biggest questions: Angel or Spike? These vampires with a soul were two of Buffy's biggest love interest, neither of whom she ending up with, and nothing gets a fan steaming quite like some ol' fashioned shipping. Everyone has their preferences, but so does series star Sarah Michelle Gellar- who shared which vampire boyfriend she preferred.
People ask who I thought was Buffy's ultimate and I get a lot of hate and a lot of death threats --- seriously. There was something so beautiful to me about the Buffy and Angel story. I think that Spike understood a different part of who Buffy was and I think she needed to understand that and discover. But for me as Buffy, I think Angel.
Entertainment Weekly has put together a great reunion special for Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 20th anniversary, getting most of the original cast together again some great photos and questions. Oh, the questions! In the Buffy fandom, no question is greater than which vampire she should have ended up with. It's like Team Edward or Jason, only 100 times cooler. Sarah Michelle Gellar has spoken on this before but, even 20 years later, she still prefers the Angel romance.
To be fair, Sarah Michelle Gellar understands the importance and impact each relationship had on Buffy -- and she would know more than most -- but at the end of the day, she's Team Angel.
In case you haven't caught up on the show (which you totally should) Angel (played by David Boreanaz), was Buffy's first main love interest, appearing in Seasons 1-3 before spinning off into his own show. Angel is a vampire who for centuries was known for his twisted cruelty and bloodlust. However, no one told him not to mess with gypsies, and he was cursed with a soul, forced to feel the guilt over his countless atrocities. He then worked to make up for his actions and eventually teamed up with Buffy, creating a forbidden and steamy romance. But one thing led to another, having sex caused him to lose his soul, he became evil, got his soul back, got sent to hell, and then formed a detective agency in Los Angeles.
Spike (played by James Marsters), on the other hand, was more of a straight up vampire villain when he debuted and tried to kill Buffy numerous times. The characters charm led him to be a hit, though, and he later returned to the series as an ally of the Scooby Gang and began to fall in love with Buffy. In one of Buffy's rougher patches, she began a relationship with him, but at the end of the day he was still evil and it ended badly. However, Spike actually chose to earn his soul back so that he'd be good enough for her, which is arguably more romantic than anything Angel's ever done.