Buffy. She's my girl I feel she has a higher value on human life, and she's a good friend.
I love Buffy but that's not really true in my opinion... certainly not during season 7 anyway. I think both have had moments where they were thinking about the big picture, at the detriment of human lives. Which makes sense, because it's always an interesting conflict for heroes. People tend to view Buffy as more human etc. but in my opinion season 7 has proven that isn't necessarily the case. Which is probably why it's my least favorite season for her...
*Sighs* I know Angel will lose this one, but I'm glad the final battle is between Angel and Buffy.
Buffy and Angel are pretty equal in terms of strength (she's a bit stronger), fighting and leadership skills, determination and endurance, etc. However, they are different types of fighters and leaders.
Angel fights more with his fists and in hand to hand combat. Buffy's style is more choreographed and she improvises a bit more with whatever is at hand. I prefer watching Angel fight. He's more powerful, more persistent, always gets back up again and has taken more beatings in one season than Buffy in all of her career.
Angel can improvise as much as Buffy in battle, but Buffy relies more on last minute Deus ex machinas (like the amulet, the Scythe, her blood closing the portal, the first slayer, etc.), but Angel plans things more thoroughly while also living and planing moment to moment.
In terms of leadership: Angel trusts himself and his opinion, but values his colleagues' thoughts just as much; Buffy relies on the Scoobies following her orders and Willow figuring out what spell to perform. She relies heavily on her friends, yet doesn't care about their opinion as much as she cares about her own. She's more of a authoritarian leader, whereas Angel joins minds with his friends and needs everyone to have an important, equal part in the battle. With Angel, everyone is out there fighting alongside him, everyone contributes vital information and everyone fights for his cause. I appreciate Angel's leadership a lot more than Buffy's. It's more equal and strategic.
Take season 4 as an example, to fight the Beast/Jasmine, it was: Gunn who figured out what the data taken from Lorne's brain meant, Wesley who came up with the plan to get Angelus' back, Fred who learned about Jasmine's mind control, Angel who saved everyone and planed the escape, Wesley who figured out how to weaken Jasmine and Angel who found her name. Buffy and the Scooby Gang are never this united. At best, Xander decides to use a wrecking ball and Giles murders Ben on his own, but it's mostly Buffy who gets the credit for everything.
Angel gives others the power to help and to fight for what they believe in. In a battle, he'd give me hope and control over myself and my fate. I value that more than following Buffy's orders blindly.
I trust Angel more. I think he's stronger, and has more empathy and love for humanity.
Even in season 7, Buffy doesn't fall as low as Angel does, in terms of value for human lives. She never does anything like killing Drogyn, or letting Darla and Dru kill a room full of lawyers. The most she does is SAY that she'll do something like that... Which was mostly bluffing, IMO.
But she basically shrugs her shoulders when it turns out her pet vampire turns out to be an active serial killer still with a couple of bodies in a basement, then she takes him into a house full of nummy treats trusting that she alone can keep him from killing them as well
Oh gosh, just reliving the memories of this season brings her character down so much. No wonder it was down to season 1 ratings. "But it was the trigger..." someone might say, well maybe it was one of the hundred things trying to make Spike interesting/have a place on the show, but it doesn't change what Buffy did and the fact is that she didn't care one jot for those people Spike killed. At least in season 2 she seemed to care and take responsibility for those Angelus murdered
That's my problem. I say the word, some girl dies...every time.
There's always casualties in war.
Casualties. It just sounds so...casual. These are girls that I got killed. I cut myself off from them...all of them. I knew I was gonna lose some of them and I didn't— (shakes her head, stands up) You know what? I'm still making excuses. I've always cut myself off. I've always— (sighs) Being the slayer made me different. But it's my fault I stayed that way.