Buffy/Faith

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Pairing
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Faith
Alternative name(s): Fuffy
Gender category: femslash
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: medium
Archives: Wicked & divine
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Buffy/Faith is a popular femslash pairing in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom between slayers Buffy Summers and Faith. It is sometimes smooshed into 'Fuffy'.

Canon

After Faith is introduced in season 3, she & Buffy bond over being fellow slayers, but their relationship falls apart after Faith turns dark and Buffy puts her in a coma. It only gets worse when Faith bodyswaps with Buffy, has sex with her new boyfriend Riley, and later persuades Angel to choose her over Buffy. After Faith escapes prison, the two manage to work together to train potentials & fight the First Evil.

Despite their rocky canonical history there's plenty of evidence of attraction, at least on Faith's side, and Buffy has prophetic dreams about Faith.

Fannish Opinion

Ask me to define my BtVS OTP, and intense is the first word that comes to mind. This is not a pairing for people who want to read about domestic bliss or soul mates. It's not, for the most part, a pairing that lends itself to sweetness. Buffy and Faith have a history together that's tumultuous and filled with enough angst, betrayal, violence, and missed opportunities to put a daytime soap opera to shame, but it's so much more than that. (vylit)[1]

Fandom

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The SapphicSlayer archive credits Faith's debut on the show with catalysing an increase in the popularity of femslash in the fandom:

In the third season of the show, a character named Faith arrived on the scene and shook things up, both on the show and in the fandom. Faith's feelings towards Buffy, so ambiguous on the show, were made more concrete in fanfiction. Although there was Buffy femslash before the arrival of Faith(the Buffy/Willow shippers, Kate Bolin's "The Human Drama" series), Faith was undoubtedly the catalyst for the rise of Buffy femslash.[2]

Some fans felt the relationship between the two in canon approached textual,[3] and many, though not all, fans considered Faith to be bisexual or even lesbian. Until the canonical Willow/Tara relationship came along, Buffy/Faith was the most popular femslash ship on the show, and it remains the most popular femslash pairing for both Buffy & Faith.

Common Tropes & Storylines

Fanfiction spans the spectrum from fluffy PWP to darkfic, but most tends to the darker end.

Missing scenes are common. Works set during or post Bad Girls, are often AUs where Faith doesn't kill the Deputy Mayor and there relationship develops differently. Canon divergent AUs can also be episode related. In some works Faith's waking from a coma results in a reconciliation, and in others, both girls have to deal with angst or unintended side effects from the body swap incident. Magic gone awry is a common trope in all Buffy pairings.

Following Buffy's temporary death in season 5, many Fuffy shippers were disappointed that no one appeared to have told Faith. Many works set at this time, show Faith dealing with news of Buffy's death and sometimes taking on the Slayer duties in Sunnydale in her absence. Following Buffy's resurrection, the two often began a relationship

Reconciliation fics are common in this pairing given their antagonistic relationship in season 3. In some works Faith returns to Sunnydale following her release from prison, to make amends or work with Buffy to defeat a new threat. In others, Buffy visits Faith while she is in prison. Buffy/Faith works set pre-season 7, often build on the idea that they are the only two Slayers alive and no one can truly understand them except each other.

Post-Chosen works often show the two Slayers working closely together to train other Slayers and defeat a new big bad. While some post-canon works are fluffy looks at their developing relationship, there is also a lot of angst, as their both deal with the trauma of events from the season finale.

Notable Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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References

  1. ship-manifesto: The Chosen Two (accessed 22 September 2014)
  2. SapphicSlayer: Intro (accessed 19 September 2014)
  3. For example, a post by Cat Chant dated 19 April 2002 in Barbelith Underground: Girlslash (accessed 22 September 2014)