Trying to survive high-school is hard enough for the average teenager. Trying to survive high-school when there’s vampires, demons, werewolves and creepy men in suits lurking around every corner is just that much harder. But ‘90s icon Buffy Summers managed to graduate while slaying demons, raising a sister, closing a Hellmouth or two and saving the world in the process.
Backed up by her squad of Scoobies, Buffy taught us more than how to effectively stake a vamp — her trials and tribulations in both everyday life and the supernatural world gave us important life lessons in work ethic, self-care, dealing with pain, teamwork and much, much more. And every now and then, the Big Bad handed out a nugget of knowledge too — you don’t become a demonic overlord with good looks alone.