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The relationship between Spike and Buffy Summers is oftenly called Spuffy (Sp/ ike and B/uffy) It rivals Bangel, Spaith, Fuffy, Spangel, Sprusilla and Spillyria. Because of this, I never understood how Spike could fall in love with Buffy. Even though he had the chip, this only made him unable to hurt. . artsocial.info Flag of the United artsocial.info United States portal · Blank television.
Most fans recall Riley as the commando-boyfriend in seasons 4 and 5 who had an inexplicable hold on Buffy, but then constantly pouted in the corner about her not loving him enough.
At first, Riley seems to be in league with Twilight, but is then revealed to have been recruited by Buffy to act as a double agent. Luckily, his role in the comics is relatively insignificant and he isn't around much.
Well, an old character — Anya. Ghost Anya haunts Xander, who is struggling to make things work with Dawn since some wacky magic caused her to forget their romance. Throughout the season, Xander falls deeper into a rut, even resorting to psychology in an attempt to rid himself of Anya. To kick off the Twilight story arc, penned by Brad Meltzer, Buffy finds herself with some unusual new abilities — she is suddenly super-fast, and can fly.
Willow speculates that the powers are being manifested by the dead Slayers, while Buffy and Xander have some fun testing her new limits. Opening Buffy up to growing powers would make anything possible — but even superheroes have limitations. It begs a ton of new questions about where this all might lead, and then closes them up when the powers turn out to be short-lived.
These temporary disruptions weaken the overall stories in the same way that finding out it was all a dream at the end of a movie does. As with Riley, the reappearance of Dracula is bewildering. Brushed off by Spike as a regular vamp who happens to know some gypsy tricks, Dracula proved to be unlike any other vamps in the Buffy-verse. Funny, but not meaningful. This makes little sense, since he was never previously an ally. When Harmony gets her own MTV reality TV show, she not only outs vampires, but creates a mass fandom following for them.
Lies My Parents Told Me 1st flashback: These are Spike's last depicted activities preceding his arrival in Sunnydale, California. Sunnydale[ edit ] Spike first arrives in Sunnydale in the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in the episode " School Hard ", accompanied by Drusilla. Throughout Season Two, Spike and Dru are the canon's most prominent example of affection between vampires, displaying the humanity and intricacies of vampire relationships.
Spike was initially conceived as a disposable villain to be killed off, but proved so popular with fans that Joss Whedon decided to merely injure him instead,  in the episode " What's My Line, Part Two ", in which Spike is crushed by a collapsing pipe organ and left paralyzed. Spike's first appearance in the episode " School Hard " Spike and Drusilla are major enemies of Buffy for much of the second season.
They arrive shortly after Drusilla is seriously weakened by an angry mob in Pragueas recounted in the canon comic book The Problem with Vampires.
Spike is a devoted caretaker to Drusilla in her weakened condition, and initially hopes the Hellmouth 's energy can help restore her strength. He reunites with Angel and seems genuinely pleased to see him, but is disgusted to find that Angel has a soul whether or not Spike in fact knew that Angel's acquisition of a soul is why he left the group nearly a century before has never been made clear and is in love with the current Slayer, Buffy Summers. Spike decides to ally himself with Buffy against Angelus; as he explains to Buffy, in addition to wanting Drusilla back, he also wants to "save the world": I'm going to destroy the world.
That's just tough guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got — the dog racingManchester Unitedand you've got people: It's all right here.
But then someone comes along with a vision, with a real passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester bloody Square. He kidnaps Willow and Xander, and forces Willow to conduct a love spell for him to make Drusilla love him again, even coercing Buffy and Angel to help him in exchange for the safe return of their friends.Buffy & Spike -- Their story
The excitement of a brawl with the Mayor's vampires helps him see that Drusilla left him because he had begun to go soft; he resolves to win her back by torturing her until she likes him again, and tells Buffy where to find Willow and Xander. He also tells Buffy and Angel that they can never be friends because of their love for one another. He finds it and attacks Buffy in daylight, but she wrests the ring from his finger and sends it to Angel.
Spike goes to Los Angeles, and hires a vampire named Marcus to torture Angel in order to get the ring, but Marcus takes the ring himself and Angel finally destroys it. After being captured by The Initiative and implanted with a cerebral microchip which punishes him with debilitating pain whenever he harms or attempts to harm any non-demon life forms he initially assumes it works the same with anything livingSpike turns to the Scooby Gang for protection, bartering his knowledge of the Initiative.
Though he still spars with Buffy, provided he has no real intent on harming her His inability to bite is comically compared to impotencemuch to Spike's constant humiliation;  in " Doomed ", he attempts to commit suicide by staking himself at Xander's house, but is stopped by Willow and Xander.
Eventually, he inadvertantly discovers that he can harm demons and enthusiastically joins a fight with this knowledge, showing that he's less concerned about what side he's fighting on than fighting for the thrill of it. In Season Five, after some erotic dreams, Spike becomes aware to his horror that he has fallen in love with Buffy. When Buffy rejects his advances, Spike attempts to prove his love by kidnapping her so that she can witness him killing Drusilla for her, to little avail; in her disgust, Buffy un-invites him from her house something she had not bothered to do in almost three years since their alliance against Angelus and alienates him from the group.
Though Buffy is disgusted by this, her hostility towards him fades considerably when she learns that Spike refused, even under intense torture, to reveal the identity of The Key to Glorynearly laying down his life to protect Buffy's sister Dawn. Buffy is moved by this unexpected loyalty and kisses him, saying she will not forget what he has done. After Buffy is resurrected at the beginning of Season Six, she is despondent and detached from her friends.
During this time, her relationship to Spike deepens and she is able to talk to him about things she feels she cannot share with the Scooby Gang. She gets drunk with Spike, and calls him "a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker. Buffy threatens to kill Spike if he ever tells anyone about their relationship. Both are unsatisfied; Buffy is ashamed of her dark desires, while Spike obsessively craves the love, trust, and affection that she is unwilling to give.
When she refuses him, he grows desperate and unsuccessfully tries to rape her. This is seen in his reactions to reliving the memory of the event while discussing his subsequent mood with Clem, who has come by with hot wings to hang out.
Spike heads to a remote area of Africa, where he seeks out a legendary demon shaman and undergoes the Demon Trials, a series of grueling physical challenges. Proving his worthiness by surviving the trials, Spike earns his soul back.
But under influence of the First Evil 's hypnotic trigger, Spike unknowingly starts killing again. Upon discovering what he has done, he begs Buffy to stake him, but she refuses and takes him into her house, telling him she has seen him change. They spend three nights together, one of which Spike describes as the best night of his life, just holding her.
In the final battle inside the Hellmouth, Spike, wearing a mystical amulet, sacrifices himself to destroy the Turok-Han and close the Hellmouth. He is slowly incinerated in the process, but not before Buffy tells him "I love you.
In dying to save the world, he becomes a Champion. I've been alive a bit longer than you. And dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine — done things I'd prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood. Which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. I've made a lot of mistakes.
A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of. Oz gives Angel the ring who then hides it in the sewer, just as he is about to leave for another case he is ambushed by Spike who hits him with a wooden plank, Angel defeats Spike but Spike warns him that he will get the ring one way or another.
Angel takes precaution and goes on a manhunt for Spike, Angel finally finds him, chases him through the alley, and corners him only to fall into Spike's trap. Spike captures Angel and hires a vampire named Marcus to torture Angel until he tells him where the ring is.
After a while Spike gets bored of waiting so he goes to Angel's apartment to find the ring and leaving Marcus to torture Angel, he gets to the apartment only to find Cordelia and Doyle aiming at him with weapons and demanding to know where Angel is. Spike reveals Angel's location and tells them that the only way he will release Angel is if they find him the ring. Cordelia and Doyle find the ring in the sewer and head straight to Spike.
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When they arrive at the location they find out that Spike had lied about releasing Angel. Taking precautions however, they then throw the ring away and just as Spike was about to retrieve it, Oz bursts through the wall in his van and rescues Angel.
Spike looks for the ring but finds out that Marcus took it. Spike begins smashing Marcus's things and shouting about how he is going to work alone from now on until a hole that was in the ceiling lets sunlight in and sets the back of his hair on fire. Despite his apparent death at the end of Buffy's final season, Spike returns in the fifth and final season of the spin-off series Angel. Later he becomes corporeal, due to a mysterious gift that arrives at the office of Wolfram and Hart.
Soon afterward he is kidnapped by the psychotic Slayer Danawho believes he was responsible for kidnapping and torturing her as a child. Spike defeats Angel, but the prophecy remains ambiguous the Cup of Torment is revealed as a fake containing Mountain Dew. What freaking bizarro world did I wake up in?
In the end, they fail to catch up with her. The blonde glimpsed in Rome is later revealed to be a decoy Buffy, set up by Andrew Wellswho had researched the history between Angel, Spike and The Immortal, and thought the idea would be "hilarious". He then spends what might be his last hours on Earth returning to his mortal roots as a frustrated poet, triumphantly knocking them dead figuratively in an open mic poetry slam at a bar.
After single-handedly literally, he held the baby in one hand and a sword in the other rescuing an infant and destroying the Fell Brethren, Spike joins Angel, Illyria, and a badly wounded Charles Gunn in the alley behind the Hyperion as the series draws to an end, preparing to incur the apocalyptic wrath of the Senior Partners, as a way of going out in a blaze of glory that will probably cost their lives.
Literature[ edit ] Spike appears significantly in a number of canonical Expanded Universe literature concurrent with and subsequent to the television series, including both Buffy and Angel comic books.
Many of these novels and comic books concern Spike's backstory in the periods between the events shown in flashbacks in the television series. After Buffy finished inSpike appeared in a comic story from the canonical Tales of the Vampires series. Christopher Golden's novel Spike and Dru: The short story "Voodoo Lounge" from the collection Tales of the Slayer is a sequel to this novel. Golden's novel, Blackoutis truer to the series' chronology by depicting Spike's fatal encounter with Slayer Nikki Wood in Gallagher 's novel Spark and Burn depicts the struggling early-Season Seven Spike remembering an account of his life, amounting to a chronological character history of Spike's life from the 19th century to the time of the framing device.
Note that as the series' central character, Spike receives his own stylised logo. Most Spike-centric stories, however, have been published subsequent to Angel's finale episode. The IDW comic book Spike: Old Timesby Peter Daviddepicts Spike's encounter with the vengeance demon Halfrek, explaining his recognition of her in Buffy episode " Older and Far Away ", and clarifying that she was in fact his beloved Cecily.
Mutant Enemy approved the story, even though IDW did not have rights to a Buffy-only character like Halfrek, because of her importance to Spike's backstory, on the condition that the story's timing was deliberately ambiguous. Dracula by Peter Davida sequel to the Buffy episode " Buffy vs. Dracula " and expanding on the characters' century-old rivalry established in that episode. Scott Tipton's comic Spike: Old Wounds is detective fiction set during Season Five, and also features allusions to Spike's activities in the late s.
Asylum —07depicting Spike's stay in a supernatural medical facility. Although originally of the same ambiguous relationship to canon, the characters it introduced would reappear in the canonical Angel comic books to come later. Whedon appreciated Lynch's writing of Spike in Asylum so much that he commissioned him to co-write the canonical continuation of the series, Angel: After the Fallin After the FallSpike does not appear until the second issue, written by Brian Lynch with art by Franco Urru the creative team of Spike: Shadow Puppets with plotting and "executive production" by Whedon himself.
After the Fall, Spike has adjusted to Los Angeles' new status as a literal hell on Earth; he and Illyria both serve together as the Demon Lords of Beverly Hills, living in the Playboy Mansion after the death of Hugh Hefner and served by a harem of human and demon females known collectively as the "Spikettes.
After the Fall miniseries, which also introduces a human friend for Spike in Jeremy Johns. In their new capacity, Spike and Illyria secretly rescue humans and benevolent demons, evacuating them into the care of ConnorNina Ashand Gwen Raiden. Spike rallies alongside Angel against the other demon Lords. When vampire Gunn causes Illyria to revert to her monster form, memories of Fred from Spike and Wesley are transplanted into her to restore her humanity.
After the Senior Partners revert time to before the Fall, Spike begins a loosely affiliated relationship with the reformed Angel Investigations company, collaborating with Angel and his associates while maintaining independence.
In Season Eight, Spike and his crew come to Buffy's aid to help prevent the end of the universe. Due to his own research into the prophecies concerning this apocalypse, Spike is able to lead Buffy and friends to the site of the final showdown with Twilight.
When Buffy's decision sees the world lose its magic, Spike is the only one to be emphatically supportive of the decision she had to make. In the follow-up series Season Nine —Spike bases his ship in San Francisco to be near Buffy, but eventually leaves due to the complicatedness of their relationship, setting up the miniseries Spike: A Dark Placewhich follows Spike and his insectoid crew aboard his spaceship.
Dark Horse also gives the Spike title a new stylised logo, distinct from the Angel-typeface logo used prior. He returns to San Francisco to provide comfort to Dawn who is rapidly fading away without magic in the world to sustain her form.
However, his memories of her start to quickly fade and recordings he makes of himself talking about her turn to static. Spike appears unconcerned he missed the chance to talk to Buffy who, along with Willow and Xander, has gone to find magic to save Dawn at the Deeper Well in England. When nobody can remember the name of Buffy's sister, he phones her boyfriend Xander, and also warns him that the rogue Slayer Simone Doffler has been seeking a way to become the ultimate vampire.
When the others return and Dawn is restored Buffy thanks him for staying with her sister, Spike says all that matters to him is that Dawn is safe again. Spike continues to appear in Season Tenin which he and Buffy finally resume their relationship, tell each other they love each other and kiss.