Queer Comic Book Character: Kennedy (Oct 19th)

Kennedy is introduced as Willow Rosenberg’s love interest in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, and her character continues into the comic book series. She’s portrayed as arrogant, self-assured, cocky, and raised upper class in New York City. (Some have speculated that she is supposed to be part of the Kennedy family.) Kennedy also starts immediately hitting on Willow upon her introduction.

Kennedy

Kennedy
Kennedy

Kennedy starts off as a brash potential Slayer. She’s been raised with the assistance of Watchers all her life so vampires and other demons are of no surprise to her. Kennedy’s folly is that, of course, she can be too confident. Especially since the original structure of the Watchers’ Council only had the active Slayer fighting baddies, and Kennedy had never experience demon violence until the First Evil’s minions killed her Watcher.

Kennedy starts dating Willow not really understanding Willow’s struggles with good and bad magic. She gets a little stung when Willow drains some of her life-force to open a portal for Buffy. However, at the end of the day, Kennedy is often Willow’s biggest cheerleader who gives her a boost of confidence.

Willow and Kennedy
Willow and Kennedy

Because of her strong personality and her years training, Kennedy becomes something of a drill sargent to the other potential Slayers. Which both her belief in Willow and her training pay off when Willow does a spell to make all the potential Slayers actual Slayers to defeat the First Evil at the end of the TV show.

In the comic books, Kennedy dies a mystical death, but is later brought back to life by Willow. However, this puts her relationship with Willow on the rocks. Their relationship is further hindered as Kennedy feels like Willow refuses to bring her into the inner-circle. Willow admits that she still feels guilt over Tara’s death (Willow’s other girlfriend) and how she feels that she should’ve protected Tara more and was trying to do that with Kennedy.

However, Kennedy seems to have found her place a little bit as a mentor and field leader of Slayers. She becomes friends with Satsu, Buffy’s former girlfriend, and helps her get over her relationship with Buffy, just as friends. Kennedy’s also seen leading an army of Slayers in New York.

Satsu and Kennedy become good friends.
Satsu and Kennedy become good friends.

Support this blog and continue seeing how many vampires Kennedy can slay, buy The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1) by Joss Whedon.

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