I thought this was really going to be hard because I’ve only seen the last season a couple of times and none of the potentials really stood out to me, except for Kennedy obviously, but I’ve been rewatching it on netflix, and it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. When the Potential Slayers first arrive on the scene, there are only three of them, and I thought my favourite would be Molly, probably because she’s all Cockney accented and stuff. But then I thought of Amanda, and Molly flew out the window.
Amanda is the most adorkable Potential Slayer there is. She’s a classmate of Dawn’s, so it’s cool that she’s native to Sunnydale and has survived this long. We first meet her when she comes to Buffy the Guidance Counselor about her problems with a boy. Her problems aren’t like other girls’ problems, well I guess they kind of are, but they’re markedly different:
“That’s what I did: I stuck up for myself. The other day after class, I jumped him in the parking lot, and I slammed his stupid-ass insecure face right into the pavement!”
This is interesting because if you were to judge her based on her bearing and the way she acts when she’s in Buffy’s office, you wouldn’t expect that of her, and this is made especially evident in Buffy’s initial judgment of Amanda. This does, however, make her a perfect candidate for a Potential Slayer.
Amanda is kick-ass long before she realises she is a Potential Slayer, and she’s nerdy to boot. In the episode where Faith takes over the Scoobies and the Potentials, Amanda references her participation in the Model U.N. and how the parliamentary system works a couple times. Amanda is also in the swing choir, and I’m not exactly sure what that is, but it sounds fun. I only wish I could have been so sure of myself at that age.
Amanda is also the first potential to slay a vampire by herself, she actually saves Dawn’s life (proving once again how stupid Dawn is) not only without the slayer powers, but also without training of any kind, I might add. She is quirky, smart, and, as previously mentioned, pretty much kick-ass. It sucks that she dies at the end of it all, but then the show stops, so whatever, right?