Buffy Is Finally Giving Tara Credit as an Ultra-Powerful Witch

Warning! This article contains spoilers for The Vampire Slayer #15 Within the continuity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tara has consistently been sidelined as a lesser witch/magic user, especially when compared to her love interest and future wife, Willow. However, in the series’ current canon, Tara is finally given the credit she’s owed as an ultra-powerful witch.



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Tara Maclay was introduced in the 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer live-action series where she was a prominent member of the Scooby Gang and a descendant of some of the most powerful magic-wielders in history, including a long-line of witches and even demons. Despite her impressive family tree and prominence on the team, Tara never really got the chance to shine in her own light. Sure, she was able to kill the demon Razor, but that’s her only known kill from the series, which is nothing compared to Buffy, or even Willow. Thankfully, Tara is given room to grow – both as a character and in power – within the current comic book series, where her magical potential has finally been adequately revealed.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tara Teases a Massive Power-Up

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In The Vampire Slayer #15 by Sarah Gailey, Kath Lobo, and Roberta Ingranata, Willow and Xander have been kidnapped by a malevolent force that seeks to use them as bait to capture their real targets: Buffy and Faith. Those two are Slayers (with Faith being a Slayer from a different universe), and the villain who took their friends wants to use them in a ritualistic sacrifice to open the gates of hell. Even knowing it’s a trap, the Slayers head into the belly of the beast anyway. While they find Willow and Xander, the Slayers are captured regardless, meaning the only person left to save them is Tara – and she seems up for the task. Before Faith and Buffy went on their mission, Tara expressed interest in going, only to be shot down by Faith, who condescendingly called her ‘kiddo’. To that, Tara replied, “Don’t call me kiddo. I have access to greater power than you can fathom”. Now, with Tara being their only hope of survival, she finally gets the chance to prove that.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Tara communicating with Willow.

Tara claiming to hold unparalleled power is something that’s new for fans of the original ‘90s series, but is actually something that’s become a bit of a trend in more recent Buffy storylines. In another comic series, Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer, Tara’s demonic heritage comes out in full-swing, as her physical form was reshaped into that of a demon. With that physical change also came a dramatic increase in her magical abilities, without any dark/murderous side effects (something that Willow could have learned from).

While Tara hasn’t exactly proven herself beyond the bold assertion of her own power level in The Vampire Slayer series, her future self in Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer proves that she has what it takes to back up those words with action. Plus, this upgrade is something fans of the original series are owed, as Buffy the Vampire Slayer is finally giving Tara credit as the ultra-powerful witch she’s always secretly been.

The Vampire Slayer #15 by BOOM! Studios is available now.

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