Sarah Michelle Gellar's best role: Buffy or Kathryn Merteuil?
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Sarah Michelle Gellar's best role: Buffy or Kathryn Merteuil?

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Get ready to feel old. Sarah Michelle Gellar was one of the '90s most iconic teen idols, but now the former scream queen is celebrating her 40th birthday. And what better birthday present than to debate her best role? Gellar was slaying before it was even cool, back when she played the Buffy on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." But she's also known for her portrayal of Kathryn Merteuil in "Cruel Intentions," as a conniving rich girl and uber confident femme fatale. Both roles broke down gender barriersbut which one is her best? 🌟💁🏼

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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.

Digital Spy's list all the reasons why Buffy is the ultimate feminist icon. Therefore, this makes her SMG's most iconic role. Click the link, and read more about why Buffy is the fiercest. 

Like Buffy said... "If the apocalypse come, beep me!"

Because she's the one who scares the monsters in your closet and under your bed. 

Like Kathryn said, "God forbid if I exude confidence and enjoy sex." ... Because why shouldn't she?

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