After a semester of interactions with various heroines, from Wonder Woman to Buffy, however, my preference has changed. Although I still love "Heroes" and Claire Bennet, my favorite is Nikita. I was actually debating between Buffy and Nikita, but I chose Nikita for one reason: Nikita is more of a human than Buffy.
Even though the last month of Buffy centralized class turned me into a Buffy fan, I have always thought that the one thing the Buffy series lacked was the focus on Buffy's personal life. Although there were numerous episodes of Buffy falling in and struggling with love, having conflicts with her sister and friends, etc., most of the episodes were somehow always "supernatural." The only episode that delivered a real girl Buffy, to me, was "The Body," the sound-effect-less episode where Joyce died and the entire episode focused on how the characters reacted to her death. Considering that Buffy is a show about vampires and a vampire slayer, having supernatural elements is inevitable, and I am not saying that Buffy lacked realistic elements. Throughout the show, Buffy forms very strong bonds with the Scoobies and Giles, and this relationship is as realistic as it could get. However, still, the show still has more of Buffy as the Chosen One and less of her as an ordinary girl.
Nikita, on the other hand, is not born with a special fate as Buffy is. She is a trained government assassin who is forced to cope with a double life. The way that the movie "La Femme Nikita" portrays her is as realistic as it could get. Instead of focusing on her role as the assassin, the movie highlights Nikita as a woman who wants to be loved and is frustrated by love and ordinary life that she has to give up. The scene where she fills her cell with graffiti well-demonstrates her emotional vulnerability and the pain she is going through as she experiences loneliness (with others not being able to understand her or comfort her about her unclear future). This human-side portrayal of her made me able to feel sorry for her, and throughout the entire movie, the focus on her emotional vulnerability allowed me to connect with her more.
Although I have not watched the entire episodes of Buffy, I give Nikita lots of credit for delineating the girl side of the government assassin.