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10 Speeches That Will Reduce Any Buffy Fan To Tears

I'm not crying… someone just dusted a vampire in my eye, that's all.

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10. "Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die."

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Buffy: I don't care! I don't care. Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die. (Season 1, Episode 12, “Prophecy Girl”)

A cruel reminder of the slayer's life. Buffy's 16 – she should be out with her friends, not risking her life to save the world. Yes, Buffy has super powers, but she also has the hopes and dreams of any other 16-year-old: she wants to live. And this tearful reminder of her mortality is chilling to say the least.

9. "Without passion…we’d be truly dead."

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Angelus: Passion…it lies in all of us. Sleeping. Waiting. And though unwanted, unbidden…It will stir…Open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love…the clarity of hatred…and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms: shuttered and dank. Without passion…we’d be truly dead. (Season 2, Episode 17, “Passion”)

CRUEL. Whedon's well-renowned for killing off beloved characters, but the death of Jenny Calendar may have over-stepped the mark. "What makes it so unsettling?", you ask. Well, I'll tell you: Angelus' monologue. Seriously disturbing.

8. "I don't understand. I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this."

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Anya: I don't understand. I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's, there's just a body, and I don't understand why she can't just get back in it and not be dead any more. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid, and, and Xander's crying and not talking, and I was having fruit punch and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever. And she'll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever and no one will explain to me why. (Season 5, Episode 16, “The Body”)

This moment is truly, truly heartbreaking. Anya's tough and hilarious and always the first to be sarcastic about everything…yet here she cracks. And it's such a human response.

7. "Dawn, the hardest thing in this world — is to live in it."

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Buffy: Dawn, listen to me, listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles...tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other.You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world — is to live in it. Be brave. Live...for me. (Season 5, Episode 22, “The Gift”)

Perhaps Buffy's most heroic moment, this tearful speech shows Buffy's unconditional love for those who are dear to her. A beautiful monologue, complete with the iconic cruciform dive.

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6. "Things fall apart. They fall apart so hard."

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Tara: Things fall apart. They fall apart so hard.

Willow: Tara?

Tara: You can't ever put 'em back the way they were.

Willow: Are you okay?

Tara: I'm sorry, it's just...You know, it takes time. You can't just have coffee and expect...

Willow: I know.

Tara: There's just so much to work through. Trust has to be built again on both sides. You have to learn if — if we're even the same people we were. If you can fit in each others lives. It's a long and important process, and can we just skip it? C-Can you just be kissing me now? (Season 6, Episode 18, “Entropy”)

Okay, so perhaps I'm a tad biased here (being the world's biggest Willow and Tara shipper and all), but this speech is beautiful. After such an emotionally draining episode, Tara's words — "Things fall apart. They fall apart so hard" — are so apt. And whilst everything else has fallen apart, Willow and Tara getting back together offers an ounce of hope. But what makes this speech a tear-jerker? The knowledge of what happens in the next episode, Seeing Red (damn you Whedon!).

5. "I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary, veiny Willow."

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Xander: The first day of kindergarten, you cried because you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far. Ending the world — not a terrific notion...But the thing is...yeah, I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary, veiny Willow. So if I'm goin' out, it's here. If you wanna kill the world, well, then start with me. I've earned that. (Season 6, Episode 22, “Grave”)

Xander's never been the most useful of the Scooby Gang, but he makes up for that with his courageous and compassionate nature. The yellow crayon speech is the moment where we realize that people like Xander can, well, kinda save the world and stuff.

4. "They put the spark in me. And now all it does is burn."

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Spike: They put the spark in me…and now all it does is burn.

Buffy: Your soul…

Spike: A bit worse for lack of use.

Buffy: You got your soul back. How?

Spike: It’s what you wanted, right? And now everybody’s in here, talking. Everything I did, everyone I…and him…and it…the other. The thing beneath…beneath you. It’s here, too. Everybody. They all just tell me go. Go…to hell.

Buffy: Why? Why would you do that?

Spike: Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he mustn’t? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev— To be a kind of man. And she shall look on him with forgiveness and everybody will forgive and love…and he will be loved. So everything’s okay, right? Can we rest now? Buffy, can we rest? (Season 7, Episode 2, “Beneath You”)

A cryptic speech from a broken man. Perhaps this won't make you full-out sob, but it'll certainly leave you teary-eyed. Spike's revelation that he's got his soul back has been long-awaited and it doesn't fail to impress.

3. "You're not special. You're extraordinary."

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Xander: They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie. To be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary. (Season 7, Episode 12, “Potential”)

Such a precious moment. After seven years of seeing his friends become increasingly more powerful, this speech gives a real insight into the life of Xander. And as Dawn offers the possibility of "Maybe that's your power. Seeing. Knowing.", it's difficult not to offer a teary smile.

2. "You’re the one, Buffy.”

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Spike: I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I'd prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker; I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it's not because I want you, or because I can't have you — it has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try…I've seen your kindness, and your strength, I've seen the best and the worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy. (Season 7, Episode 20, “Touched”)

This speech was everything. It was perfect. Even if you're not a Spuffy shipper, don't deny the fact you teared up at this speech. Let's be honest: we all did.

1. "Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?"

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Buffy: So here's the part where you make a choice: What if you could have that power…now? In every generation, one slayer is born…because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power…should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a slayer...will be a slayer. Every girl who could have the power…will have the power…can stand up, will stand up. …every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong? (Season 7, Episode 22, “Chosen”)

This speech will make you sob — not because it's sad, but because it's overwhelmingly powerful. 7 seasons. 144 episodes. Everything has led up to this moment. For me, Buffy's speech in "Chosen" is the beating heart of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is what the show is all about. This is why there'll never be another show as brilliant as Buffy.

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