(***Spoiler Alert for "Becoming Part 1" and "Becoming Part 2"***)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer constantly opposes common gender stereotypes. The series's very first scene shows a blonde, seemingly innocent woman as the predator and a strong, muscular man as the victim, breaking gender barriers from the very start. While watching episodes in seasons one and two, I was surprised by each scene's outcome. Rather than being predictable and sticking to social norms, Buffy continually keeps the viewer on the edge of his or her seat and never keeps with common gender classifications.
One scene that shows such opposition to common gender stereotypes is the climax of "Becoming Part 2," when Buffy stabs Angel into Acathla and sends him into hell to close the vortex. Even though Buffy knows that Angel is back, she must give up her own happiness to save the world. In many other television shows, the main character would end up with her love. However, Buffy shows a different result. Buffy's strength is undeniable in this scene. She sacrifices love and happiness, something the "usual" teenage girl would not do. She is not a love-sick, weak girl, but a strong, independent heroine, and thus, opposes common gender classifications.