A really interesting question Mr. Lirette raised the other day in class was about the male characters in Buffy. We compared the silent Luke and The Judge to the talkative Angelus and Spike. We said males are generally thought of as silent do-ers compared to talkative charmers. We talked about how the silent types are easily dismissed when the talkative ones still remain in the game.
This made me think of the proverb "a barking dog never bites" because in Buffy Spike and Angelus are "barking dogs" whereas Luke and The Judge are the ones who seem passive but they are infact aggresive. Spike and Angelus, in the show, prove the proverb wrong because they do bite and when they do it quite often. Unlike The Judge and Luke they try to select who they should and shouldn't bite. Maybe it is the selectivity that makes them unique and keeps them going. They are able to pick out the problems they can openly confront and the ones they are not supposed to because it can be harmful to them.
So, I guess we can say that it's not that they are not do-ers but they try to be selective instead of trying to kill everything that comes in their way. They are in a sense smarter.