This is my first article. *deep breath* Here I go.
Willow. When I think think Willow, I think many things. Sweet and smart. Dorky, and also powerful. She is one of the many perks and bright sides to this amazing show. Willow is loved by almost everyone, so her relationships are often smooth, carefree, and happy. For a little while at least. Like with Oz.
Willow's relationship with Oz was mostly like any other high school relationship, besides the fact she's a witch and he's a werewolf. They chatted in the hall ways. They went to movies and had interesting conversations about the popcorn the next day. Willow had great pleasure telling people that her boyfriend was in the band playing at the Bronze. They had happy times together, nothing out of the ordinary. So why in the world would Willow go and ruin it by kissing Xander behind Oz's back? That I do not have the answer to. Simple teen lust, crazy hormones attracting two bodies together that should NOT be attracted towards each other is the best I can do. Oz felt extremely hurt and betrayed when he found out, and didn't forgive Willow at first. Thankfully, he eventually forgave her, and things pretty much went back to normal. They went to prom. And then they finally slept together, right before graduation! They continued their relationship into college, both blissfully happy together. Then the evil act of hormones struck again, this time on Oz. Although these were wolfy hormones with Veruca. And so Oz lured Veruca into the cage with him by kissing her, and Willow comes bounding down the stairs next morning, breakfast in hand, to find Oz lying on the ground naked with Veruca. As Buffy says, hello to the pain. Will even almost got run over by a car, although Riley pulled her out of the way just in time (one of the few good things he did in the show lol). She then tried to do a spell on Oz and Veruca, only her love for Oz was still too great for her to do it. And you know the rest. Oz decides he has to leave, he has to come to peace with the wolf inside him. A very, very, heartbreaking scene.
Willow grieves. Angst, angst, angst was nothing we got from Willow for the next few episodes. Then she comes across Tara Maclay. Shy, sweet, wicca Tara. At first, it's a very new and cute friendship. Hanging out on campus, just chatting. And then it becomes something more. I'll be honest, at first I didn't like it. I was still grieving Oz's leaving. And since Tara purposefully ruined Willow's demon-finding spell, I was sure she was secretly evil! And then Oz came back. A happy surprise that was for me! However Oz still had not yet come to terms with his wolf, so he leaves yet again (sad!) and Willow chooses Tara over him. I was still suspicious of her though, so I couldn't really be happy. I didn't truly fall in love with Willara until Family. Once I knew that she wasn't evil, I loved Tara! The Body also brought happy times, with their first on-screen kiss! Yay! Trouble arises though (what a surprise!). Tara shows her concerns about Willow's over-use of the magic for the first time in Tough Love. They walk away mad, but then *gasp* more tragedy! Glory "drains" Tara. This i also another heart-breaking scene, Willow crying and holding Tara in her arms as the festival goes on around them. For the rest of season 5 Tara stays crazy. Then in the Gift Willow gives back what Glory took from Tara, and one of my favorite Willow and Tara moments! Tara: I got so lost... Willow: I found you! *kiss kiss* I will always find you." Then season 6 rolls along, the season of conflict and heartache. At first they were in their happy normal stage. Then another fight about magic comes. Willow "fixes" it by casting a spell on Tara to make her forget about the fight. But in Once More With Feeling, Tara finds out, and has her beautiful duet with Giles, saying that she has to leave. In Tabula Rasa Tara confronts Willow, and makes a deal that she'll see if Willow can go a week without magic. Willow agrees, but of course breaks her promise, and tries to do the spell. And we all know how well that turned out! Tara leaves, heartbreak, heartbreak, heartbreak. In Older and Faraway and Hell's Bells though, sparks start to fly. In Entropy, they go on a coffee date. Tara comes back, and talks to Willow about the long and hard process of putting a relationship back together. At the end however she says "Can't we just skip it? Can't you just be kissing me right now?" And finally, and real hot and passionate kiss between them! *jumps up and dances* In Seeing Red, tragedy strikes. Well first there's squeals from Dawn, and lots of smiling and kissing, but then Warren accidentally shoots Tara, Tara falls to the ground after saying "Your shirt" when blood splatters on Willow's top, and Dark Willow inflicts her wrath.
I am not going to rant about Willow and Kennedy here, I want this to be an article about Willow's GOOD relationships (in my opinion).
In my opinion, both of these relationships are beautiful and loving. I will always hold a special place for both of them in my Buffyverse heart.