Xander Harris
"Mr. Sarcastic Guy"

Nicholas Brendan as Xander Harris
Xander is one of my favourite characters on BtVS, not only because he's adorable, but also because he has some of the best lines. Xander-wit is one of the best things about the whole show, in my humble opinion. And then there's the fact that he is adorable, isn't he?

Alexander (Xander) Harris

Xander Harris is one of the "Slayerettes"- Buffy's friends who help her in her unending fight against darkness. Xander is known for having a bigtime crush on Buffy, not noticing Willow as anything other than a friend, and eventually dating Cordelia (who knew?). He is not the world's best student, but plays the part of "Research Guy" in order to help Buffy, and also regularily adds his sarcastic wit to any conversation.

Episodes featuring Xander:
Xander is a regular character, and as such is in every episode. Listed below are episodes which feature his character specifically, or in which significant character development occurs.
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Season One
1. Teacher's Pet: Xander has a crush on a beautiful teacher, who seems to be returning his affection... Too bad she's not quite what she seems...
2. The Pack: Xander and four other students start behaving very strangely after a trip to the zoo.

Season Two
1. Inca Mummy Girl: Xander and Buffy's beautiful Mexican exchange student hit it off bigtime. But alas, the course of true love never did run smooth (for Xander at least)
2. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered: Xander admits his growing affection for Cordelia with a Valentine's day present at the same time she decided to break up, caving under pressure from her ultra-snobby friends. Xander is humiliated, and decides he deserves more respect- and he's going to use the power of the Hellmouth to get it.


A Brief History of Xander
Age Five
- Xander steals Willow's Barbie doll, thus ending their relationship and returning them to "just friends" status. WttH
Age Six
- At Xander's 6th birthday party, the clown chases him and scares him (embarassing him at the time and leaving a deeply rooted fear of clowns that will resurface later in his life). N
Age Sixteen
- Friends with Willow and Jesse. Meets transfer student Buffy Summers, and immediately falls for her. WttH
- Learns of the existence of Vampires. WttH
- Stakes the Vampire that used to be his friend Jesse WttH

Spells and Possessions

In "The Pack," Xander is possessed by the spirit of a hyena

Posessed Xander: Is that what you really want? We both know what you really want. You want danger, don't cha? You like your men dangerous.
Buffy: You're in trouble, Xander. You are infected with some hyena thing, it's like a demonic possession!
Xander: Dangerous and mean, right? Like Angel. Your mystery guy. Well, guess who just got mean.

Xander Quotes

I was going to list all the best Xander quotes from each episode here, but the list got way too long (like I said, he gets a lot of fantastic lines), so I've moved it to it's own page. Look here for the best examples of Xander's fantastic wit and speeches relating to his character development.

Xander Links

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