Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why I Don’t Hate Dawn Summers

This summer I was one of the lucky few to attend San Diego Comic Con.  Con ends with a showing of the Buffy Musical.  As a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and I mean crazy psycho huge, I was excited to attend this.  I had never done Once More With Feeling in public, unless you count me singing in the subway.  We get there and the musical starts….then the heckling begins.  Not minor teasing heckling, but people are shouting “DIE!” or “Shut Up” every time Dawn comes on the screen!  WTF people!  I admit, Dawn was never my favorite character, but she doesn’t deserve that level of hatred.  This really got to me because it just didn’t seem fair.  I even did some online searches and found a hate listing for Dawn!  In response to this travesty, I have made a list of 7 reasons why we should not hate Dawn.

(WARNING: These are kinda spoilery for the character through the TV series and the comic books.)

Seven Reasons NOT to Hate Dawn Summers
  1. Great sister bickering.  Made me feel like my own big sister was there! (Hi KJ!)

  1. As the Scoobies got older and Joyce passed away, Buffy needed someone to care for; Dawn provided that outlet.

  1. Stop blaming Dawn for Buffy “Walking Through the Fire.”  It was Xander’s Fault!!  Just because we all love him doesn’t mean he isn’t an idiot sometimes.

  1. Nice change from Xander and/or Willow being the one who caused all of the trouble.

  1. If you were 13 and being cut open on top of a metal structure built by crazy people, you would cry too!  (Don’t lie, I saw you!)

  1. She was a giant, a doll and a freaking centaur.  That’s just awesome.

  1. Dawn may have been an annoying kid but every preteen is annoying!  Just go to your local mall if you don’t believe me.

What do you think?  What are your reasons?

I may continue this topic with other characters that people hate for no real reason.  If there is a character you want me to defend, leave their name in the comments below.


  1. Thanks for the shout out sis!

  2. I agree that Dawn shouldn't be hated. Another important reason to have her is that the high school is the hell mouth and all the important characters have already graduated. She is an important tie to the school. Everyone in the show started out as a whiny high schooler, its just part of the show.