Sarah Michelle Gellar's best role: Buffy or Kathryn Merteuil? | The Tylt
Sarah Michelle Gellar's best role: Buffy or Kathryn Merteuil?
Buffy is the ultimate ass-kicker. Like for real. Buffy broke down gender barriers for women to be heroines on TV, and many feminists credit her as the ultimate TV feminist icon.
Who doesn't love her? She's smart, sweet, fierce, beautiful, independent, strong and vulnerable, and will totally kick your ass. She's everything. She's the one that protected us from vampires and demons with her high school friends. And we all know how difficult it is to balance student life, teen drama and.... well... maybe not vampires, but Buffy does that as well.
Like YouTube's Ms. Mojo said, "she's the thing that monsters have nightmares about."
Watch Ms. Mojo's "Top 10 Unforgettable Buffy The Vampire Slayer Moments" below.
Ha! Kathryn makes Buffy look like a girl scout. (And that's saying a lot because Buffy is a badass.)
Heck, Kathryn might be the only other character that could take Buffy down. She has no fighting skills, but she has mastered the art of scheming. Kathryn is a teenager, but outside of her ferocity—she's nothing like Buffy. We've seen the mean girl archetype before, but Kathryn takes it to another level. She's manipulative, conniving, seductive, clever and as the movie title explains—she's has some super-fucking cruel intentions.
Yet, she makes us all tap into our mean sides. We root for her to win those mind games, or at least—we watch in anticipation because she's so damn fun and confident. There are many villains in "Cruel Intentions," but she's the greatest villain of them all. Hell, Kathryn is one cinema's greatest villains, period. Unlike other mischief makers, you root for her because she's more than manipulative, sadistic and conniving—she's clever, sophisticated, confident, sexy and fun.
She places a bet with her step-brother to seduce their prep school headmaster's pure daughter for fun. He agrees, but he falls in love with the mark... which is all part of Kathryn's scheme. This is only one sadistic moment from the movie, but watch!
Bustle tells it like it is—the publication's list of reasons why Kathryn is the ultimate villainess of the entire '90s decade also explains why she's a feminist icon. Check out the list, and read why Kathryn is the baddest.