Y is for the Riley Finn
|Riley in his Initiative gear|
Riley attempted to lead an ordinary life, assisting Buffy in fighting demons, however he eventually returned to the army (and a secret mission in the middle of South America) when he realised that Buffy didn't care for him as much as he cared for her. During his time in South America, Riley met and married fellow soldier Samantha.
The Buffy-Riley relationship seemed to be the biggest thing affected by the arrival of Dawn. Throughout season 4, Riley and Buffy both seemed to be pretty committed to each other, however in season 5 Buffy seemed to drift - distracted by Dawn and by her mother's health problems perhaps. I liked Riley as a steady, strong character and was not impressed with how his character seemed to take a nose dive in season 5. But maybe the writers needed to get rid of him to make room for the Buffy-Dawn relationship, and the Buffy-Spike relationship.