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Let me just say this:
I get where the haters of Dawn come from. I didn’t like Dawn until No Place Like Home.
Now, though, I love her without question and I’ll fight anyone who says anything bad about her, and she deserves none of the hate.
Because she’s flawless. She’s a 14 -17 year old girl who, as it turns out, has to deal with the mind fuck of not really being a 14 - 17 year old girl but actually a mystical ball of energy eons old that has only recently been given human form - and she has to not only deal with that existential crisis but also go to school and figure out crushing on guys and then oh yeah her mom and sister - aka her family, support, and world - die within months of each other.
Is she always the best sister? No. But she’s a 14 -17 year old girl who is neglected because she’s in the care of early 20s people trying desperately to figure everything out and not let it go to pot and also save the world; and she’s dealing with a sister who has been dragged back from the grave and is depressed but feels like she can’t talk to her because she doesn’t want to let Dawn see her as vulnerable and I just can’t with Dawn hate.
And she is amazing. She tries so hard and does so much good and she just wants people to stop leaving her. And she learns how to translate texts and she’s smart and she loves Buffy with her whole heart and anyone who’s heart wasn’t broken by “Am I real? Am I anything?” is someone I don’t understand.
She is brave, and she is nice, and she is a good person. Who has amazing hair.
Plus, she’s really a pretty thoughtful gift giver, what with making Buffy that picture frame with the picture of the two of them and then stealing that leather jacket for her next birthday.
Also, Michelle Trachtenberg was freaking phenomenal in that role, and she doesn’t get enough kudos for that.