Completely agree with this. Not the cheating with Willow part. I dunno it felt so right to me even though it was obviously wrong for many reasons! Their long lasting and strong friendship was sorta put on test when they both found different partners. I think it just had to happen. The tension had to get...un-tentionized...Yeah I'm just gonna make up words from now on... Anyways, I loved Xander since day one, but season 2-3 are definitely the seasons I like the most with Xander (and the show in general). Sadly the unjustified Xander-hate and neglect from the rest of the characters takes root in season 3.I kinda like the insecure teenager Xander in s2-3. He makes a whole bunch if mistakes, he things he's much cooler than he is, he doesn't really know his footing too well, really he's just the typical teenager. He thinks the world is his, yet doesn't realize how immature he really is. It's charming, he makes tons of mistakes, but he's really genuine, and he'd be a great friend to have. The only storyline that I don't like is the whole cheating with Willow, that whole thing was just dumb to me. But the rest, I love him in those seasons.
I agree though that he is at his peak as a character in s8. That's definitely the season he shines the most in.
I hate this speech because it's based on the stupid premise that Xander has never saved the day. Before this quote, Xander also idiotically praises Oz for his incredibly useless, in fact, dangerous, superpowers, which is complete non-sense. They will never know how tough it is... who are they, exactly? Willow who spent years helping the good fight without any combat useful magic? Anya, who didn't have any powers after losing her demonic powers? Giles, whose magic is useful in a fight about once every three seasons?Xander is brilliant in Season 7. He has finally grown up, he is happy in his own skin and is the confident and mature man he was meant to be. He has some of the best lines in the whole show in this season, including;
"They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie. To be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because...nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary."
Pffff! Buffy and Xander in early season 7 is the best!Instead of assuming his friendship with Willow and Buffy is great and all, we are actually shown that, in every episode, many times, something that is sorely missing from the latter seasons which have plenty of telling us that but very little showing.