Character Study: The violent misogyny of Buffy’s 6th-season Big Bads is still familiar
Big Bads: The Trio (Warren, Andrew, and Jonathan); Dark Willow
Aliases: Nerd Trio, Buffy’s archnemesises, Empire Of The Nerds
Willow Rosenberg, Will, Darth Rosenberg, Red
History: The Trio was in some ways the most terrifying of the Big Bads. They were men, not monsters, filled with a toxic brew of entitlement, misogyny, boredom, and low self-esteem. Warren, the most violent and aggressive of the three, used magic to place his girlfriend into servitude, attempting to rape her and eventually killing her. Andrew and Jonathan were his gentler henchmen, living out boyish, immature fantasies. Deceptively cloaked as nerdy young men, they were tragic and terrible and often really funny. Whereas earlier Big Bads actually lacked souls, the members of the Trio simply let theirs get clouded by delusions of power and grandeur. If this sounds familiar, then you’re probably a woman.
Dark Willow was a manifestation of another abuse …