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Chosen One of the Day: Kendra the Vampire Slayer

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Dec 18, 2017

You know how it goes. Into every generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world … blah blah blah. Except sometimes prophecies and mystic rules are complete crap because they don't account for modern medicine. And sometimes that works out for the best. And other times it's great and then it rips your heart out.

Like, for instance, the little loophole that allowed a second, entirely new Slayer to rise up out of the patriarchal weirdness that is the Slayer line and bring us the greatest Slayer of all. No, I don't mean Faith. I mean Kendra.

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Confused? Allow me to enlighten you. At the end of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy kinda … well, she died. Luckily for her, Xander was there to give her the all-important CPR and bring her back to life, but the damage was done, or, I guess, that's more like when the party started. Since Buffy technically died, the next Slayer in line was called, and a few episodes later we got to meet that new Slayer. She was Kendra, and she was great.

Kendra was like the anti-Buffy. She was all business, no frills, and no friends. While she and Buffy didn't exactly get along at the beginning, Kendra and Giles bonded over books, because not only was Kendra a badass, she was also a giant nerd who did all her homework and never broke the rules. While that might make Kendra seem boring, she was actually exactly what Buffy needed, someone to point out how being the Slayer isn't what she does, it's who she is.

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Also, she had a stake named Mr. Pointy, and despite being a kick-ass vampire slayer who flew to the U.S. INSIDE THE WHEEL WELL OF A PLANE, she didn't know how to act around boys she liked, which was as adorable as it was a little infuriating (because obviously, she should just date Buffy).

Oh, and did I mention she was played by actual vampire Bianca Lawson doing a Jamaican accent so specific it ended up just sounding fake?

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By the end of her first appearance, Kendra had loosened up enough to quip with the best of them …

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AND given some vamps what for after they messed with her wardrobe.

Sadly, Kendra was not long for this world, dispatched at the end of the second season. And while it's great that we got Faith, too few people really give Kendra the credit she deserves. At least Buffy got her stake bronzed.