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Eliza Dushku

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Eliza Dushku


  • Biography:

    Written by Zinna

    Faith can first be seen slaying a vampire behind the Bronze, much to the surprise of Buffy and the Scooby Gang in the episode entitled "Faith, Hope, and Trick" (3rd episode, Season 3). Faith appeared to be called to Sunnydale as a replacement for Kendra, Drusilla's first slayer kill (Becoming Part 1). Later, Faith reveals she is fleeing the ancient, cloven-hoved vampire that killed her watcher. In the same episode, Buffy helps Faith face the vamp. Faith is able to best her villain by plunging big wooden telephone-pole-sized stick into the villain's heart.

    Faith takes the position as Buffy's co-slayer. Initially, she is well received by the Scooby-Gang, especially Xander, who can be seen drooling over her tales of wrestling an alligator while naked. Buffy as well, appears to welcome the assistance, grateful to have someone to share her burden. After a few patrols, Buffy is a bit turned off by Faith's enthusiastic slaying attitude. Faith appears to get-off on the kill, at times she admits to being aroused by it. Buffy, having slayed the love of her life, Angel (Becoming Part 2), has a hard time relating to Faith's point of view. It would also appear that Buffy is annoyed to be sharing her friends, her home, and even her fries with Faith. Faith, on the other hand, has no problem helping herself to Buffy's amenities. In time, however, the two slayers bond becoming Sunnydale's chosen two.

    Throughout the first 11 episodes of season 3 we can find a sexually charged Faith slaying vamps along side Buffy, battling evil uglies with the gang, and hastily snatching virginity from a very willing Xander (The Zeppo), much to his surprise and ours. Besides seeing Faith fearful to face her watcher's killer (Faith, Hope, and Trick), Faith appears to have nerves of steel and an attitude to match. She's an ultimate bad-ass.

    Over time, Faith and Buffy's dynamic slides in new directions. Though the details are never spelled out for us, it is clear that Faith comes from nasty beginnings. Mostly, we know her mother is dead and when her mother was alive, she was an alcoholic. Other than Buffy and the Scoobies, there doesn’t seem to be anybody in the world that cares about Faith’s welfare. Faith begins to envy Buffy, but she never lets on (until Enemies when her jealously is exposed). Instead, she tries to convince Buffy that slaying is the ultimate rush and consequently, the ultimate power, making them above the law.

    In "Bad Girls", Faith leads Buffy on a reckless slaying joyride that ends in tragedy. Still high on a rush from torching a vamp nest during school hours, Buffy and Faith comb the back allies knocking vampires off one by one until they mistake the mayor's assistant for one of these evil minions. Buffy does not realize their mistake before Faith accidentally stabs him in the heart. After several attempts to dodge responsibility, Faith finds her deed to be irreconcilable, and concludes that she is, in fact, no different from the bad guys. At this point Faith joins forces with the Mayor and becomes one of the hardest villains the Scoobies have had to deal with since Angel lost his soul.

    In the third season finale, Faith pierces Angel with a poisonous arrow, rendering him helpless to a very painful, very fatal illness, and the only cure is the blood of a slayer. Buffy, unwilling to lose Angel again, goes off in a fury and red leather pants, ready to kill Faith and bring her body for Angel to feed on. Buffy succeeds in stabbing Faith, but fails to take her life. In her last breaths Faith jumps from the roof of their battle to moving truck below. Later, the mayor finds Faith in coma that doctors believe she will never wake from. But we haven't seen the last of her yet.

    Faith awakes in season 4 to a whole new world without the mayor - she feels completely alone. Her first priority is to get even with her favorite slayer and that she does by taking Buffy identity. Being Buffy sends Faith for a loop as she realizes having loved ones and being loved comes with responsibility. Before Buffy is able to switch back their bodies, Faith feels obligated to resume Buffy's duties as a slayer, something she nor we ever thought she would feel again. This is the beauty of Faith's complexity. Here, we can see Faith's evil stems from self-loathing not bloodlust. Of course, she thinks cannot be forgiven, so she continues to run once she is returned to her rightful body. This is the last we see of Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but don’t think that it is the last of her (She appears in episodes of Angel soon after her departure from Sunnydale, of course mayhem ensues).

  • Episode Listing:
    Season 3:
    Faith, Hope, and Trick
    Beauty and Beasts
    The Zeppo
    Bad Girls
    Graduation Day (Part 1)
    Graduation Day (Part 2)

    Season 4:
    This Year's Girl
    Who Are You

    Season 7:
    Dirty Girls
    Emtpy Places
    End of Days

  • Notable Quotes:

    Compiled by Zinna

    Beauty and the Beasts (In cemetery on patrol)
    Faith: All men are beasts, Buffy.
    Buffy: Okay. I was hoping to not get that cynical until I was at least 40.
    Faith: It's not cynical. I mean it's realistic. Every guy from manimal down to Mr.I-love-The-English-Patient has beast in him and I don't care how sensitive they act. They're all still just in it for the chase.

    Buffy: You don’t know what you’re doing.
    Faith: …Really? Weird, because something about this feels so right. Maybe it one of those unhappy childhood things. See, when I was a kid I used to beg my mom for dog. It didn't matter what kind. I just wanted, you know, something to love. [kisses Angel] All I wanted was a dog… well that and toys [uncovers instruments of torture] but Mom was so busy enjoying the drinking and passing out parts of life that I never got what I wanted… that is until now.
    Buffy: Why, Faith? What's in it for you?
    Faith: What isn't? You know I come to Sunnydale. I'm a slayer. I do my job, kicking ass better than anyone. What do I hear everywhere I go? Buffy. So I slay. I behave. I do the good little girl routine. And who does everyone thank? Buffy. Buffy: That's not my fault.
    Faith: Everyone always asks why can't you be more like Buffy? But did anyone ever ask if you could be more like me?
    Angel: 'Know, I didn't.
    Faith: You get the watcher. You get the little Scooby gang. What do I get? Jack squat. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY TOWN!

    Both Buffy and Faith have knives up to the other's jugular.
    Faith: What are you gonna do, B? Kill me? You'd become me. You're not ready for that… [Faith kisses Buffy on the forehead] yet. [Faith runs out of the room]

    Issue #505 October 1, 1999 Entertainment Weekly Eliza Dushku on Faith: "She's an adrenaline junkie who thrives on violence. She's all about what feels good for the moment. Her mantra: Want, take, have.

    In Faith’s motel room.
    Faith: Have a fight like that and no kill. I'm about ready to pop. [Faith clutches him]
    Xander: Really? Pop?
    Faith: You up for it?
    Xander: Oh I'm up, suddenly very up. It's just that I've never been up with people before.
    Faith: Relax. Take your pants off.
    Xander: Those two concepts are antithetical.
    Faith: Don't worry. I'll steer you around the curves. [Faith pushes Xander down on the bed and takes her shirt off]
    Xander: Did I mention I'm having a very strange night?
    After the deed, Faith shows Xander to the door.
    Faith: That was great. I gotta shower. [Faith slams the door before Xander can respond]

    Eliza Dushku

  • Filmography:
  • City by the Sea (2001) - Gina
  • The New Guy (2001) - Danielle
  • Soul Survivors (2001) - Annabel
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) - Sissy, Jewel Thief #1
  • Bring It On (2000) - Missy Pantone
  • Angel (1999 - TV Series) - Faith (2000)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - TV Series) - Faith (1998-1999, 2000)
  • Race the Sun (1996) - Cindy Johnson
  • Journey (1995 - TV Movie) - Cat
  • Bye Bye, Love (1995) - Emma
  • Fishing with George (1994)
  • True Lies (1994) - Dana Tasker
  • This Boy's Life (1993) - Pearl Hansen
  • That Night (1992) - Alice Bloom

  • The Usual
    The Usual

    Random Quotage:

    What's this? Sitting around watching the telly while there's evil still a foot. That's not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What, can't go without your Buffy, is that it? Too chicken? Let's find her! She is the Chosen One after all. — Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let's annihilate them. For justice - and for - the safety of puppies — and Christmas, right? Let's fight that evil! - Let's kill something! Oh, come on!
    -Spike (Doomed)

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