'Buffy The Vampire Slayer', he was the 90's 'Chuck'. But something went
terribly wrong. He didn't get a decent plot after Season 1's 'The Pack'.
Yes in Season 1's 'The Pack', Xander was possessed by a hyena spirit and got
to go bad. Afterwards? He wore a magic solider costume in 'Halloween' and
thereafter got solider skills depending on if the plot required him to
remember them. He dated Cordelia and lost her. He didn't get into college
and resented it. He slept outside every Christmas to avoid his family's
drunken fights (and this in a town full of vampires) and not one of his
friends cared. He slept with Faith and she tried to kill him. He never
apologized to Oz for the kissing Willow incident. The gang made it clear
they thought he was useless in 'The Zeppo'. He dated Anya and treated her
like crud to the point of ditching her at the alter and never, ever
apologizing. He was deeply jealous of Angel and Spike. He worshipped Riley
for some bizarre reason. Anya died and he didn't care. Now in the Season 8
comics, everything that happens to him (Dracula, Renee) is somehow all about
But what could have been.
In Season 5 Xander was supposed to be Glory's host. But for some reason,
that plot went to Ben (the cute Charlie Weber). That was a good plot. Ben
the nice intern, seemingly being set up as Buffy's newest boyfriend who
turns out to possessed by a hellgod. Poor conflicted Ben who just wanted to
be doctor and who nobody tried to save. In the end, he was murdered by Giles
and nobody seemed to care or notice. Also Giles never suffered any
repercussions for that action.
In Season 7, Xander was supposed to die and portray The First Evil But again
for some reason, that never happened. It could have been so cool. Such
promise, such potential and so little pay off. (2019 update: the actor's alcholism explains so much).