A 200-word snippet. Having just re-watched the episode "The Zeppo," I felt a strong need to devote a little piece to Xander. How can you not love his character after this episode? He's regarded as a 'nobody' by his friends, yet he saved everyone in the library just by his courage (his indifferent attitude) toward the bomb. Anyway, I just felt this episode was a wonderful Xander episode that we don't get to see too often. Disclaimer: I own nothing – not the character or the dialogue posted at the bottom. Please feel free to leave reviews whether they are complimentary or critical.


The heroes are not always the ones that fight.

Of course at times, they are. Their bruises, their scars, their broken arms … those are all qualities that are often found in a hero.

But the rules change sometimes.

Sometimes the hero is the one who goes unnoticed. The one who is unwanted in the heat of the battle because they fear he can't take it.

Sometimes the hero is the guy that can't catch a football.

Sometimes the hero is the guy who buys the doughnuts.

Sometimes the hero is a guy like Jimmy Olsen.

The hero isn't the one that battles and receives bruises. Instead, it's the one that has enough courage to idly wait for death to come. It's the one that proves that he's the person with the "less fear."

Sometimes the hero isn't the one with the muscles or the brains.

Sometimes the hero is just the one with the heart – knowing that any good he can accomplish is just good enough if it means helping the friends around him.

Sometimes the hero is the one who likes the quiet.

Sometimes the hero is the one and only Zeppo – and no one will ever know.


Jack: (tries to psyche Xander out) I'm not afraid to die. I'm already dead.

Xander: Yeah, but this is different. Being blowed up isn't walking around and drinking with your buddies dead. It's little bits being swept up by a janitor dead, and I don't think you're ready for that.

Jack: Are you?

Xander: (glances at the bomb, smiles thinly) I like the quiet.