Thursday, June 17, 2010

#32: Principal Wood

After four consecutive Angel characters, we're back to Buffy. And back to a one-season wonder, the Sunnydale High principal and son-of-a-slayer Robin Wood, who somehow pushes himself in among the main cast like a family sitcom that introduces a new family member in its final seasons as a way to add new blood to the routine...

Principal Wood appears in 14 of season seven's 22 episodes, but fully eight of them are minor, at the lowest 99 words in “Dirty Girls”. He gets two #4 rankings, three #3s and one #2, though oddly the 503 words that rank him number two in “Get it Done” are fewer than his two number-four placings: 531 words in “First Date” and 590 in “Lies My Parents Told Me”, the two closest things to “Robin episodes” – really, the heart of the Wood character is his quest for vengeance against the vampire who killed his mother: Spike, as it turns out. “First Date” is the episode where we learn much of that back story and where Robin learns Spike's true identity, and “Lies My Parents Told Me” is the episode where he finally confronts Spike about it.

In addition to “Storyteller”, his #3 finishes include his first appearance, in season opener “Lessons” written by Joss Whedon, and his last appearance, in “Chosen”, the series finale, where oddly he scores a higher word count than Spike, Giles, Faith, Willow, Xander, Anya or Dawn. He survives “Chosen”, badly injured but still laughing, and ready to take a role alongside Faith in the comic book Season 8.

The extent to which Robin has settled in among the core 'Scoobies' by the end of season seven is best shown in the fact that he actually speaks more words this season than Giles does – though even at that he only finished in ninth place among characters for words spoken in the season.
  • Overall ranking: #32
  • Ranking on Buffy: #21
  • Total words spoken on Buffy: 4162
    • Season 7: 4162 (#9)
  • Total speaking appearances on Buffy: 14
    • Ranking #2: 1
    • Ranking #3: 3
    • Ranking #4: 2
    • Minor: 8
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