In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we learn a lot about Buffy in episode one, “Welcome to the Hellmouth.” Buffy is our heroine, the only person who has the abilities to fight the paranormal creatures such as vampires. Buffy is known as the slayer, a slayer is only born once a generation and is a chosen girl with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires. Although like most heroes Buffy doesn't want these abilities she's been given and just wants to be a normal girl. This is seen when she is talking to the watcher in the library. Buffy gets kicked out of school constantly and loses all her friends due to not being like a normal school girl, therefore all she wants is to be like everyone else. “A hero’s journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization,” (http://www.thewritersjourney.com/hero%27s_journey.htm). Based completely on episode one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer you can already see this classical journey start to take place. Buffy has the call to adventure seen when there is a vampire at her new school. At first she doesn't want to go on her adventure as the vampire slayer which is known as the refusal to the call. Then she meets a mentor to guide her on her new journey. This is seen by the watcher she meets who is also her schools librarian. Later Buffy crosses the threshold when her friend Willow gets taken by a vampire and she knows she is the only one that can save her. In episode one alone we see the first 5 stages of a hero’s journey. A good hero story often has their hero born to the role. “War or dangerous adventure is the hero’s normal occupation. He is surrounded by noble peers, and is magnanimous to his followers and ruthless to his enemies. In addition to his prowess in battle, he is resourceful and skillful in many crafts,” (https://www.britannica.com/art/hero-literary-and-cultural-figure). Buffy realizes she must give up her desires to be a normal school girl towards the end of the last episode. This is seen at the point where she is searching for the vampire that took her friend Willow, accidentally Buffy almost stabs Cordelia with a stake because she was mistaken for a vampire. Buffy knows that this will more then likely ruin her social life at school, however she does not care because she must serve her duties to kill the vampires and save her friend. “A hero or heroine is a person or main character of a literary work who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing his or her own personal concerns for some greater good,”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero). Jeffrey Cohen’s Monster Culture: Seven Theses has a quote used in it that is very meaningful in the aspect of Buffy, she must take up her dark journey that she has no choice of turning away from.
“This thing of darkness I acknowledge of mine.”