When Willow and Tara kiss on-screen for the first time, it's in “The Body,” a painful episode that deals with a character's death. Tara kisses. After this, Willow and Tara began regularly seeing each other, meeting up at Tara's When the First Slayer attacked Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles in their. They meet in 'Hush' S4,E They get friendly. Willow developes feeling for Tara. Then she chooses Tara over Oz at the end of 'New Moon.
Willow goes for months without any magic, helping Buffy track three geeks called The Trio who grandiosely aspire to be supervillains. In an explosion of rage and grief, Willow soaks up all the dark magic she can, which turns her hair and eyes black. In the final episodes of the season Willow becomes exceedingly strong, surviving unharmed when Warren hits her in the back with an axe. She hunts Warren, tortures him by slowly pushing a bullet into his body, then kills him by magically flaying him.
Unsatisfied, she attempts to kill the other two members of the Trio but is unsuccessful due to her weakening power. She solves this problem by killing her 'dealer' from earlier in the season and draining him of his magic. When she is confronted by Buffy they begin to fight, only to be stopped by Giles who has borrowed magic from a coven of wiccans. Willow successfully drains him of this borrowed magic, fulfilling his plan and causing her to feel all the pain of everyone in the world.
She tries to ease the pain by destroying the world, finally to be stopped by Xander. She fears returning to Sunnydale and what she is capable of doing if she loses control again, a fear that dogs her the whole season. Buffy and the Scoobies face the First Evilbent on ending the Slayer line and destroying the world.
Potential Slayers from around the globe congregate at Buffy's home and she trains them to battle the First Evil. Willow continues to face her grief over Tara's death and, reluctantly, becomes involved with one of the Potentials, Kennedy Iyari Limon.
In the final episode of the series, " Chosen ", Buffy calls upon Willow to perform the most powerful spell she has ever attempted. With Kennedy nearby, cautioned to kill her if she becomes out of control, Willow infuses every Potential Slayer in the world with the same powers Buffy and Faith have.
The spell momentarily turns her hair white and makes her glow—Kennedy calls her "a goddess"—and it ensures that Buffy and the Potentials defeat the First Evil. As an actress she is a perfect interpreter in particular of the bare emotional directness which is the specialty of [series writer Marti] Noxon on form. Goddesses and Monsters showing the character in an embrace with Aluwyn. Artwork by Jo Chen. Subsequent to Buffy's television finale, Dark Horse Comics collaborated with Joss Whedon to produce a canonical comic book continuation of the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight —11written by Whedon and many other writers from the television series.
Unfettered by the practical limitations of casting or a television special effects budget, Season Eight explores more fantastic storylines, characters, and abilities for Willow. Willow's cover art is done by Jo Chenand Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline produce character artwork and provide alternative covers. Willow reveals a host of new abilities including being able to fly and absorbing others' magic to deconstruct it. It explores the time she took away to discover more about her magical powers, under the tutelage of a half-woman half-snake demon named Aluwyn.
Willow is still involved with Kennedy through Season Eight, but becomes intimate with Aluwyn while they are together. She also continues to deal with grief from Tara's death, and struggles with the dark forces of magic that put her in opposition to Buffy. Bookish, rational, naive, and sometimes absent-minded, she is also shown being open to magic, aggressively boyish, and intensely focused.
Willow is malleable, in continuous transition more so than any other Buffy character. She is, however, consistently labeled as dependable and reliable by the other characters and thus to the audience, making her appear to be stable. In Willow's dream, she moves from an intimate moment painting a love poem by Sappho on Tara's bare back, [note 1] to attending the first day of drama class to learn that she is to be in a play performed immediately for which she does not know the lines or understand.
The dream presents poignant anxieties about how she appears to others, not belonging, and the consequences of people finding out her true self. As Willow gives a book report in front of her high school class, she discovers herself wearing the same mousy outfit she wore in the first episode of the show " Welcome to the Hellmouth " as her friends and classmates shout derisively at her, and Oz and Tara whisper intimately to each other in the audience.
She is attacked and strangled by the First Slayer as the class ignores her cries for help. She is often shown making choices that allow her to acquire power or knowledge and avoid emotional conflict. Willow enjoys power she is unable to control. She steals to accomplish her vocational goals and rationalizes her amoral behavior. This also manifests itself in a competitive streak and she accuses others who share their concerns that she uses magic for selfish purposes of being jealous.
No longer the conscience of the Scooby Gang, Willow cedes this role to Tara then revels in breaking more rules. Contradicting the characterization of Willow's issues with magic as addiction, Buffy essayist Jacqueline Lichtenberg writes "Willow is not addicted to magic.
Willow is addicted to the surging hope that this deed or the next or the next will finally assuage her inner pain. She is capricious and aggressive, the opposite of Willow's usual nature; her bad behavior so exaggerated that it does not instill fear into the viewer like other female vampires in the series, but indicates more about Willow's personality.
Shocked upon seeing her alter ego in "Doppelgangland", Willow states "That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil and skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay! Many Buffy fans saw this as a funny Easter egg when Willow revealed herself to actually be lesbian in later seasons.
Both Willows make the observation that "this world's no fun",  before they send Vamp Willow back into the alternate dimension from which she came, whereupon she is staked and dies immediately. The transition from Willow into Dark Willow, precipitated by Tara's immediate death when she is shot through the heart, was ambiguously received by audiences, many of whom never foresaw Willow's psychic break.
She changes visually when she walks into the Magic Box, a store owned by Giles, telekinetically retrieves dozens of dark magic books from the shelves, and leeches the words from the pages with her fingertips.
As the words crawl up her arms and soak into her skin, her eyes and hair become black and her posture "aggressively aware and confident". Lights explode when she walks past. She forcefully takes advantage of any opportunity to further her goals.
She saves Buffy by removing the bullet from her chest, but later commandeers a tractor trailer, making it slam into Xander's car while he and Buffy are inside protecting Jonathan and Andrew, the other two members of the Trio. She floats, flies  and dismantles the local jail where Jonathan and Andrew are held.
She is cruelly honest to Dawn and Buffy, and overpowers everyone with whom she comes in contact. When she takes Giles' magic from him, she gains the ability to feel the world's pain, becoming determined to put the world out of its misery. She does not acknowledge her grief, and only Xander can force her to face it when he tells her that he loves her no matter what or who she is, and if she is determined to end the world she must start by killing him.
Only then does Willow return, sobbing. More than any other character, she has driven the momentum of the past few episodes; she very nearly drove it off a cliff. She lets everyone walk all over her and gets cranky at her friends for no reason. And she always has been. People picked on Willow She is no longer able to abstain from magic as it is such an integral part of her that doing so will kill her.
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In the instances when she is highly emotional the darkness comes out. Willow must control that part of her and is occasionally unable to do so, giving her a trait similar to Angel, a cursed vampire who fears losing his soul will turn him evil.
In a redemptive turn, when Willow turns all the Potentials into Slayers, she glows and her hair turns white, astonishing Kennedy and prompting her to call Willow a goddess. Willow takes on the leadership role when Buffy is unavailable, and her growing powers sometimes make her resent being positioned as Buffy's sidekick.
Some scholars see Willow as Buffy's sister-figure or the anti-Buffy, similar to Faithanother Slayer whose morals are less strict. Willow is part of a powerful quartet: Although they often drift apart, they are forced to come together and work in these roles to defeat forces they are unable to fight individually.
Their courtship is slow and patient. Oz is bitten by a werewolf, and just as Willow begins to confront him about why he does not spend time with her, he transforms and attacks her. She must shoot him with a tranquilizer gun several times while he is wild, but her assertiveness in doing so makes her more confident in their relationship. Michael Richardson and J. Douglas Rabb, a model for Willow to reference when she encounters her own attraction to evil.
She worries that she is not as close to Oz as she could be. They stay together through graduation into college, but Oz is drawn to Verucaanother werewolf. He admits an animal attraction to Veruca, which he does not share with Willow. He sleeps with Veruca and leaves shortly after to explore the werewolf part of himself.
Willow becomes very depressed and doubts herself. She drinks, her magical abilities are compromised, her spells come out wrong, and she lashes out at her friends when they suggest she get over it " Something Blue ". Seth Green came to Whedon early in the fourth season to announce that he wished to work on his film career.
Whedon admitted he was upset by Green's announcement and that if he had wanted to continue, Oz would have been a part of the story. However, to resolve the relationship between Oz and Willow Whedon says, "we had to scramble.
And out of the heavens came Amber Benson. Tara Maclay Willow and Tara's first on-screen kiss did not occur until the fifth season episode " The Body " in a story that diverted attention away from the display. Buffy earned international attention for its unflinching focus on the relationship between Willow and Tara Maclay.
Whedon and the writing staff had been considering developing a story arc in which a character explores his or her sexuality as the Scoobies left high school, but no particular effort was made to assign this arc to Willow. Inat the end of the third season, the Boston Herald called Buffy "the most gay show on network TV this year" despite having no overtly gay characters among the core cast.
It simply presented storylines that resembled coming out stories. The scene was, upon completion, noticeably sensual to Whedon, the producers, and network executives, who encouraged Whedon to develop a romantic storyline between Willow and Tara, but at the same time placed barriers on how far it could go and what could be shown.
The actors were not told the end result of the Willow—Oz—Tara storyline, not sure what the eventual trajectory of the relationship would be, until Hannigan said, "Then finally it was, 'Great! When Willow discloses to Buffy what she feels for Tara, she indicates that she has fallen in love with Tara, not that she is a lesbian, and avoids categorizing herself.
Some critics regard this as a failure on Willow's part to be strong;  Em McAvan interprets this to mean that Willow may be bisexual. Her relationship with Tara coincides with the development of her magical abilities becoming much more profound.
By the seventh season, she is the most powerful person in Buffy's circle. Jessica Ford at PopMatters asserts that Willow's sexuality and her magical abilities are connected and represented by her relationships.
In her unrequited attraction to Xander, she has no power.
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With Oz, she has some that gives her the confidence she sorely lacks, but his departure leaves her unsure of herself. Only when she meets Tara do her magical abilities flourish; to Ford, sexuality and magic are both empowering agents in Willow's story arc. Some fans loyal to Willow reacted angrily as she chose to be with Tara when Oz made himself available, and they lashed out at Tara and Amber Benson on the fansite message boards.
Whedon replied sardonically, "we're going to shift away from this whole lifestyle choice that Willow has made. Just wipe the slate. From now on, Willow will no longer be a Jew.
That episode marked the first time Tara is introduced to the Scooby Gang as a whole, and Willow is faced with choosing between Tara and Oz.
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She favors Tara in the end, causing some of the show's fans to react angrily on the fansite message boards, with some leaving homophobic remarks and characterizing Benson as overweight and unattractive. Benson, who was referred to as "astoundingly non-Hollywood" by a Scottish journalist,  frequented the boards and read the comments, finding them hurtful and taking some of them personally. She went on to write: You can judge me and Tara for being "fat", " gay ", and "shy". I suppose that my being on TV gives you that right.
I have enjoyed being a lurker. But my feelings just can't take the criticism. Those of you you know who you are with sensitivity will understand. Thank you for sticking up for us. Tara and I both appreciate it. I think that being a beautiful, heavy, lesbian witch rocks!
No matters what happens, I'm glad I get the chance to walk in Tara's shoes. For several episodes in the fourth season, Tara and Willow's friendship grows as they practice magic. To work within the censorship imposed on their relationship, writers used allusions to spells and witchcraft to symbolize their affection and growing sexuality.
Seasons[ edit ] 4 and 5[ edit ] When Tara and Willow meet, their proficiency at magic is about the same, but Tara's knowledge of the craft far exceeds Willow's. Tara reveals that she has been practicing magic for most of her life, as her deceased mother had also been a powerful witch.
Throughout season 4, Tara acts as a partner and guide in Willow's witchcraft, teaching Willow spells and performing magic together. Willow, however, is inherently talented, despite being new to the craft, and begins to progress much faster than Tara in the fifth season, including experimentations in dark magic.
Tara struggles with understanding her place among the Scoobies with Buffy Sarah Michelle Gellarthe leader, with whom she has a very friendly relationship; Xander Harris Nicholas BrendonWillow's friend since childhood; and Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Headtheir mentor. Tara's primary role throughout the series is that of Willow's partner. She feels somewhat useless until the fifth season episode " Family " when the entire Scooby Gang Spike included makes it clear that she is unquestionably a part of them.
The episode introduces some of Tara's blood family: In the following episode, when Dawn is acting out, Tara confides to Buffy that she had to deal with her brother after her mother's death. No more of her backstory is revealed in the series.
As Willow's character grows more self-assured and powerful through the seasons, Tara takes over some of the role of being placed in peril and needing to be rescued. The fifth season's primary villain, or Big Badis Glorya goddess too powerful for Buffy to fight alone.
Glory tortures Tara in order to gain information on the Key, but Tara asserts willpower and resists Glory, resulting in Glory stealing her sanity, and prompting Willow to go searching for retribution. Glory states she feels "buzzed" after feeding on Tara's mind, indicating Tara's powerful intellect and possibly suggesting her power as a witch. Buffy scholar Ian Shuttleworth writes that Benson was able to "admirably" portray the same range of emotions inherent in Tara although the character loses her identity.
Tara also becomes a guide of sorts, and a maternal figure. She appears to Buffy in a dream in the fourth season finale " Restless " to tell her about the arrival of Buffy's sister Dawn Michelle Trachtenberg and act as a translator for the voiceless First Slayer. Following the death of Joyce Summers and Buffy's sacrifice to save the world at the end of the fifth season, Tara and Willow move into the Summers house, taking Joyce's bedroom and becoming Dawn's surrogate parents.
The dynamics of their relationship suddenly turn during " Once More, with Feeling ".
Willow had cast a spell on Tara to alter her memory in the preceding episode and Tara finds out about it during "Once More, with Feeling", the musical episode of the series. Tara was given a prominent role in the musical due to the skill of Benson's voice: The musical nature of the episode compelled the characters to express what they had been feeling secretly, or had refused to admit to themselves.
Tara's song is a fervent and explicit expression of love for Willow which she had not made clear to the audience until this point. Self-conscious about her singing abilities, Hannigan requested not to be given a song and sings only a few lines in the episode. Critics saw this as Tara's personality becoming more forceful as Willow begins to show signs of weakness as she is overtaken by her addiction. Willow almost immediately breaks her promise, however, and Tara leaves her at the end of " Tabula Rasa ".
Tara remains a part of the group, spending time with Dawn, and non-judgmentally acting as Buffy's confessor when Buffy divulges she has a painful and compulsive sexual relationship with Spikea vampire whom she loathes. She is, according to author Lorna Jowett, one of the few characters who is never seduced by evil.
Like the other Buffy characters in the series whose names have symbolic interpretations, Tara's name resembles the Latin terra, meaning "earth.