Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Common themes represented here:
Femicide. Images of supernaturally-powerful (and even non-supernaturally powerful) women exist against a backdrop of institutional misogyny that historically punishes powerful women, including the Burning Times. Throughout the Buffy series, she is constantly threatened with her identity being revealed and justifiably fears the consequences of patriarchal control, specifically law and psychiatry. References are frequently made to the “incidents” at her last school, where she in fact did get into trouble related to her powers and her role as the slayer. See also Support patriarchal institutions (medicine/religion/law).
PIV-centric narrative — Goal is to “land a man”. Femininity and male-pleasing generally; unattainable and unavailable men and spending vast amounts of time and energy “trying to change” unsuitable men into viable sexual and romantic partners. Here, the vampire slayer is “soul mates” with a vampire. Har. See also Joke’s on women.
Reversal. Women’s supernatural (or even natural) “power” does not make them politically powerful, and actually makes them more vulnerable to institutional patriarchal control. Buffy is also under the control of various (male) Watchers and subject to their and practices and policies.