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Spike

James Marsters as Spike
First appearance School Hard (Buffy)
Last appearance Not Fade Away (Angel)
Created by Joss Whedon
Statistics
Name William Pratt
Status Undead
Species Vampire
Affiliation Angel's crew, formerly Scooby Gang, Scourge of Europe
Notable powers Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, & senses; immortality. See Powers & Abilities section of main article.
Portrayed by James Marsters

William Pratt, better known as Spike, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The character is portrayed by James Marsters. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... James Marsters on the cover of British magazine SFX James Marsters with David Boreanaz James Marsters post-Spike James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California) is an American actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer... School Hard is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces two new important characters. ... Not Fade Away completes the arc of Angel, the series. ... A vampire, in the fictional world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a type of demon which occupies and animates a specific human corpse. ... Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are Buffy Summers and her friends and colleagues who assist her in her duties as slayer in the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer usually after they discover the existence of vampires and demons. ... James Marsters on the cover of British magazine SFX James Marsters with David Boreanaz James Marsters post-Spike James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California) is an American actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... James Marsters on the cover of British magazine SFX James Marsters with David Boreanaz James Marsters post-Spike James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California) is an American actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

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Biography

Character History

William Pratt was born circa 1853 in London to Anne Pratt and an unknown father. William's surname was not revealed in the series and for years was widely accepted to be "Walthrop" in the fandom. However, creator Joss Whedon recently revealed it to be "Pratt". The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ...


In 1880, at approximately 25 to 30 years of age, William was a brown-haired, ineffectual gentleman who lived with his mother and wrote poetry. He was called "William the Bloody" behind his back by his peers, because his poetry was so "bloody awful." This nickname (with more deadly connotions) followed him as a vampire. After his romantic overtures were rejected by the aristocratic Cecily, a despondent William accepted comfort in the arms of Drusilla only to be bitten and transformed into a vampire. Euphoric with his new-found vampiric abilities, and hungry for revenge on his peers, he abandoned the genteel hypocrisy of Victorian life (though not before turning his own mother into a vampire) and became a rebel, adopting a working class accent and becoming prone to impulsiveness and violence. He adopted the name "Spike" because of a habit of torturing people with railroad spikes. (It should be noted that one of his detractors in his human days exclaimed he'd rather "have a railroad spike driven through my head" than listen to William's poetry, a possible inspiration for the torture.) Along with other vampires, including the infamous Angelus and Darla, he terrorized Britain, Europe and Asia for decades. In one of his proudest moments, he killed a Slayer during the Chinese [[Boxer Rebellion]; it was her sword that gave him the scar on his left eyebrow, which remains a century later. Halfrek was a recurring fictional character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Drusilla (born in 1830 in London, England) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Angel (vampire). ... Darla (born in 1570 in a Virginia Colony) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... A Slayer in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fictional universe is a young girl bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a demon. ...


Spike and Drusilla lost touch with Darla and Angelus (who, unknown to Spike or Drusilla, had recently been cursed with a soul), and the couple wandered the world seeking amusement and mayhem. During World War II, Spike was captured by Nazis and transported aboard a submarine which was in turn seized by Americans; after he and two other vampires killed most of the crew, Angel made a truce with Spike, allowing him to swim to shore before the submarine reached the United States. Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...


At some point in a century or so of being his own boss, Spike employed a pair of Fyarl Demons as muscle. The Fyarl Demons are a minor race on the show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. ...


Style

William's natural hair color was medium brown; in 1943 he was seen with it dyed black and slicked down; and by 1977 he had begun to bleach it, keeping that look at least until he was last seen in 2003. Spike has a taste for long black leather jackets, including one that he took from a Nazi officer and another that he wore as a trophy of Nikki Wood, a Slayer whom he killed in 1977. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Nazism. ... Nikki Wood was a vampire slayer in the Whedonverse. Not much is known about her, other than that she was killed by Spike in New York, 1977, and that she was the mother of Principal Robin Wood. ...


Spike smokes Morley cigarettes. Morley is a fictional brand of cigarettes supposedly based on the shortened name for Marlboro cigarettes marleys. ...


Sunnydale

Spike first appears in Sunnydale in Buffy's second season, in the episode School Hard, accompanied by his longtime love Drusilla, who was suffering from poisoning (having narrowly escaped an angry mob in Prague) that could only be cured by the blood of the vampire who had created her, Angel. (Early on, before his past is clearly revealed to viewers, Spike refers to Angel as his "sire," but in later episodes, it is made it clear that Drusilla is the one that sired Spike. However, because Angelus is the one who sired Drusilla, it can be argued that he is also the sire, or at least the "grandsire," of Spike. It can also be said that, because of Drusilla's madness, Angelus was the one who had to act as Spike's sire by teaching him about the vampire world.) Sunnydale, California is the fictional suburban setting for the popular television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... School Hard is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces two new important characters. ... Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...


For much of the second season, Spike and Drusilla are major enemies of Buffy. When Angel loses his soul after making love with Buffy, he joins the pair, and eventually plots to destroy all of humanity. Drusilla, ecstatic at being reunited with her sire, becomes very affectionate with Angelus (as the soulless Angel is called), causing Spike to become jealous of him. Feeling that Drusilla is lost as long as Angelus is around, as well as a slight problem with Angelus's plan to destroy the world, Spike makes a surprising alliance with Buffy. There is some ambiguity regarding his motivation in doing so; though he claims that he just wants Drusilla back, he also makes a memorable speech: The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is a self aware ethereal substance particular to a unique living being. ...

“We like to talk big, vampires do. 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 – dog racing. Manchester United. And you’ve got people: billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. 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 Picadilly, farewell Leicester bloody Square."

They form an alliance; Spike stops Angelus from maiming Giles, and Buffy leaves Drusilla alone. Eventually, Spike breaks the deal, though; when Angelus corners Buffy with a sword in his hand, Spike and an unconscious Drusilla leave Sunnydale and travel to Brazil.


Spike appears in only one episode of season three (Lover's Walk), attempting to force Willow Rosenberg to cast a love spell on Drusilla, who had turned away from him because of his "weakness" in preventing Angel's apocalypse and (as we learn later) because she suspects that he has a growing obsession with Buffy. One interesting point in this episode is Buffy's remark to Angel that "I can fool Giles, and I can fool my friends, but I can't fool myself – or Spike, for some reason," foreshadowing Spike's role as the "truth-seer" of the group. Spike abandons the love spell idea, and resolves to win Drusilla back the old-fashioned way: by torturing her, as Angel did in 1860. Lovers Walk is the eighth episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Willow Danielle Rosenberg (born in 1980 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Spike returns to Sunnydale alone in season four to search for the Gem of Amarra, a talisman that allows a vampire to endure sunlight and even a stake to the heart without ill effect. He becomes romantically involved with Harmony Kendall, a shallow young vampire. Despite her beauty and affection, Spike considers her little more than a nuisance and sexual plaything. His unlife takes a pivotal turn when The Initiative, a secret government demon-fighting army, captures him and implants a microchip in his head, which causes crippling pain whenever he harms or attempts to harm a human being, though it allows him to fight demons. Unable to hunt for blood, he turns to the Scooby Gang for protection. He helps Rupert Giles out of a tight spot for a price. He and Buffy briefly become engaged through an accidental enchantment by Willow, foreshadowing their later bond. The Harsh Light of Day is the third episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Harmony Kendall (born presumably in 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... The Initiative was a fictional secret government organization in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Initiative is the seventh episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are Buffy Summers and her friends and colleagues who assist her in her duties as slayer in the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer usually after they discover the existence of vampires and demons. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... A New Man is the 12th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Something Blue is the 9th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


In season five, Spike becomes aware after some erotic dreams that, to his horror, he has fallen in love with Buffy. Buffy's younger sister Dawn has a crush on Spike, perceives his obsession with Buffy, and casually tells Buffy of it. Disgusted, Buffy rejects him, echoing Cecily's words as she rejected him a century before. Still, Spike's feelings for the Slayer, his inability to harm humans, and his love of a good scrap lead him to fight alongside the Scooby Gang against the forces of evil. Dawn Summers (born in September 2000 in Czech Republic) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are Buffy Summers and her friends and colleagues who assist her in her duties as slayer in the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer usually after they discover the existence of vampires and demons. ...


During season six, Spike and Buffy became lovers of a sort, engaging in a physically gratifying but emotionally one-sided relationship where she refused to return his love. When they are not intimate, they often become violent, as Spike's chip does not prevent him from hurting Buffy since she was resurrected by Willow's spell. This includes a dark moment where Buffy beats Spike severely enough to cause injuries that last at least a week. When Buffy decides to call it off, Spike at first tries to get her back by making her jealous by bringing an unnamed goth girl as his date to Xander and Anya's wedding. He succeeds but she won't return to him. Later, after Xander leaves Anya at the altar, Spike and Anya get drunk together and try to ease their loneliness by having sex with each other. Buffy catches them, and her jealousy at seeing Spike with Anya leads him to believe he still has a chance at winning Buffy back. Spike's out-of-control state leads him to try to rape her in the course of winning her back. Willow Danielle Rosenberg (born in 1980 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Dead Things is the ? of season ? of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Alexander Xander LaVelle Harris (born 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character in the cult television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Anya Christina Emmanuelle Jenkins (born 860 in Sjornjost, Norway and died in 2003 in Sunnydale, California), formerly known as Aud and Anyanka, Patron Saint of Scorned Women is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Also during season six, Spike was accused of being "The Doctor," a smuggler of demon eggs (As You Were). This was never conclusively proven and he himself claimed to be storing the eggs for a friend. Evidence against his being the Doctor includes his lack of a telephone, money, connections in either the human or the demon world and any kind of knowledge in the safe storage of such eggs. It has been conjectured that the true Doctor is "Doc", a demonic wizard seen twice in season 5, although the events of The Gift make it inconceivable that Spike would sincerely refer to Doc as "a friend". As You Were is the fifteenth episode of season 6 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


William's soul

Incapable of dealing with his emotions, he leaves town and heads to a remote area of Africa, vowing to give her "what she deserves." He seeks out a legendary Shaman/demon with the power to make him "What he once was." He undergoes a series of grueling physical trials (the Demon Trials) to prove his worthiness before a demon shaman, who promises to give him what he wants if he survives. In the final scene of the season (Grave), Spike survives the trials and the shaman grants his request, giving him back what he lost: his soul. Since Spike had not mentioned his soul, saying only that he sought to make himself worthy of Buffy, fans debated whether Spike intended to get his soul back or the Shaman tricked him. The Buffy writers though have clearly stated almost instantly, that yes, he did go to get his soul. This was confirmed in Lessons, where the First in the form of the Mayor confirms that Spike chose to get his soul. Spike repeated this with his own words when he tells Buffy about his soul, at the end of Beneath You: A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. ... The shaman is an intellectual and spiritual figure who is regarded as possessing power and influence on other peoples in the tribe and performs several functions, primarily that of a healer ( medicine man). The shaman provides medical care, and serves other community needs during crisis times, via supernatural means (means... Grave is the last episode of season 6 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Lessons is the first episode of the seventh and final season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Beneath You is the second episode of the seventh and final season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

BUFFY: "This is all you get. I’m listening. Tell me what happened."
SPIKE: "I tried to find it, of course."
BUFFY (annoyed): "Find what?"
SPIKE: "The spark. The missing— the piece. That fit. That would make me fit. Because you didn’t want— god— I can’t! Not with you looking."

He stands up and moves off into the shadows.

SPIKE: "I dreamed of killing you."

Spooked in spite of herself, Buffy bends down and picks up a splintered piece of wood and wields it as a stake.

SPIKE: "I think they were dreams. So weak. Did you make me weak? Thinking of you, holding myself and spilling useless buckets of salt over your . . . ending. Angel, he should have warned me. He makes a good show of forgetting but it’s here in me — all the time. The spark. I wanted to give you what you deserve. And I got it. They put the spark in me — and now all it does is burn."

Buffy is stunned.

BUFFY: "Your soul . . ."
SPIKE: (laughs) "A bit worse for lack of use."
BUFFY: "You got your soul back. How?"
SPIKE: "It’s what you wanted, right? It’s what you wanted, right? And now everybody’s in here, talking. Everything I did, everyone I . . . and him . . . and it . . . the other. The thing beneath – beneath you. It’s here, too. Everybody. They all just tell me go. Go — to hell . . ."
BUFFY (horrified): "Why? Why would you do that?"
SPIKE: "Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he mustn’t? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev— To be a kind of man."

It was clear that all Spike had done, he had done for love of Buffy. In both series he appeared in, it was always clear that unlike Angel, who saw himself as seeking redemption, Spike wasn't concerned about that. What he had done as a soulless vampire did come to haunt him, as he told Angel in the episode in the Angel episode where they were preparing to do battle over Cup of Perpetual Torment, "You were given your soul to torment you, for all the horrible cruel things you did -- and the things you made me do. Your soul was forced on you, by a curse, but mine...I bloody well fought for mine, went through the demon trials, I did, nearly dying a thousand times. I earned being the Champion." But he became ensouled, and became Champion, dying at the Hellmouth, for Buffy.


It was obvious when first Spike first told Angel that unlike him, he was ensouled by his own choice, that Spike believed himself different and better than Angel because love had motivated his change, where Angel's was forced on him.


With the returning of his soul comes a conscience filled with guilt as well. He will have to learn to live with himself as Angel did when he was cursed with a soul. In the early episodes of season seven, Spike resides in the basement of recently reconstructed Sunnydale High School, close to the Hellmouth's opening. Tormented by The First Evil as well as by his newfound conscience, Spike appears to be going insane, and Buffy, after learning that he is ensouled, leaves him alone in the basement for several months, before she finally takes pity on him and has him live with Xander. But this arrangement backfires as Spike, under influence of the First Evil, is forced to kill innocent people. After he discovers what he's done, Spike begs Buffy to stake him. Buffy nevertheless takes him into her house and believes that he can reform. To the dismay of Giles and most of her other friends, she trusts Spike enough to relieve his agony, by allowing Initiative agents to remove his now-malfunctioning microchip. She also takes Spike's side when Principal Robin Wood, son of the slayer Spike murdered in 1977, attempts to kill him as retribution. (Ironically, by attempting to kill Spike when he is under the First's influence, Wood frees Spike from a hypnotic trigger, the song that Spike's mother often sang to him before he became a vampire.) Late in the season, Spike and Buffy achieved an emotional closeness as he remained her only supporter when the other Scoobies abandoned her. In one of the series better moments, Spike contemptously tells the rest of the Scoobies, "you sorry sods, she died for you, and you betrayed her!" In what had to be the ultimate irony, the only one that remained selflessly loyal to Buffy was Spike. They spend two nights together, though it is not clear whether they resume their sexual intimacy (creator Joss Whedon has said he intentionally left it to the viewers to decide how they felt the relationship progressed), though their feelings for each other are clear. ... The First Evil is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... INSANE is a proprietary INteractive Streaming ANimation Engine developped by LucasArts. ... Pity is an emotion, usually resulting from an encounter with an unfortunate, injured, or pathetic person or creature. ... Alexander Xander LaVelle Harris (born 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character in the cult television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Principal Robin Wood is a recurring character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Scooby Gang, or Scoobies, are Buffy Summers and her friends and colleagues who assist her in her duties as slayer in the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer usually after they discover the existence of vampires and demons. ...


In the final battle inside the Hellmouth, Spike, wearing a mystical amulet, sacrifices himself to destroy the First's army of Turok-Hans (pure demon übervampires). The amulet channels power that turns the Turok-Hans to dust and collapses the cavern containing the Hellmouth, sealing the Hellmouth and creating a crater which swallows the entire town of Sunnydale). Spike is incinerated in the process, but not before Buffy says "I love you." He replies, "No, you don't — but thanks for saying it."


Los Angeles

Despite his apparent death at the end of Buffy's final season, Spike returned as a regular on Angel in its fifth and final season, having been brought back by the same amulet. The amulet was initially given to Angel by Wolfram and Hart, and is mysteriously returned to the offices by mail. For the first seven episodes of the season, Spike is an incorporeal being akin to a ghost, with a connection to the human world that is unstable, causing him to disappear at random (but increasingly frequent) intervals. Spike tells Fred that every time he disappears he is being transported to Hell. Spike seeks, at this stage, to leave Wolfram and Hart and find Buffy, but when he tries, he discovers that he is mystically bound to Los Angeles and unable to leave. One of Fred's attempts to make Spike corporeal is thrown by the appearance of another ghost, who threatens Fred's life; Spike throws away his opportunity to become corporeal (and, thus, stop being periodically sent to Hell) in order to save Fred, of whom he's become quite fond. Later another mysterious package comes in the mail, addressed to Spike but with no return address. On opening the package there's a flash of light, and upon trying to walk through objects as he's become used to, Spike discovers he's corporeal once more. One of his first acts is to rekindle his physical relationship with Harmony again, who is now Angel's secretary. Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Wolfram and Hart, Attorneys at Law is an international fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ... A ghost is an alleged non-corporeal manifestation of a dead person (or, rarely, an animal). ... Winifred Fred Burkle (born in 1978 in Dallas, Texas, died in 2004 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Shawn Ryan for the cult television program, Angel. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) Hell is, according to many religious beliefs, a place or a state of painful suffering. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Hell Bound is episode 4 of season 5 of the television series Angel. ... Destiny is episode 8 of season 5 of the television series Angel. ...


We are told that the existence of two ensouled vampires in the world is affecting the fabric of reality. The two vampires learn from Eve that there is a prophecy detailing how to restore the balance, involving both vampires competing to reach the Cup of Perpetual Torment. Angel and Spike's relationship had always been strained by competition over women, notably Drusilla and Buffy. Ego and personal hostility led to an extended battle between the two adversaries; Spike beats Angel to the Cup and drinks from it, believing it would bestow upon him great responsibilities and pain; making him the "greater" champion of the two. In one of the series greatest scenes, Spike tells Angel, "your soul was forced on you, by a curse, but mine...I bloody well fought for mine, went through the demon trials, I did, nearly dying a thousand times. I earned being the Champion." Then, for the first time in over a century of friendship and rivalry, Spike clearly defeats Angel. However, the prophecy turns out to be a sham (the liquid in the Cup was merely Mountain Dew), rendering the whole exercise useless. Eve was a fictional character on the television series Angel. ...


Beginning in Soul Purpose, Lindsey McDonald, pretending to be the late half-demon Doyle with a connection to The Powers That Be, persuades Spike, until the ex-Wolfram and Hart employee's duplicity is discovered, that he is destined to "help the helpless," in much the same way as the real Doyle persuaded Angel of the same thing at the start of Angel. Spike, after a bout of depression, is brought back to being an affirmed champion of the good and, by the end of the season, Spike is a trusted member of the team, being entrusted to rescue an infant and destroy a demon cult in the final episode Not Fade Away, in order to help defeat the Circle of the Black Thorn and wound the Senior Partners. Before Angel's team of demon killers enter their greatest and perhaps final battle, Angel gives them the day off, to spend as though it was going to be their last day. Spike, returning to his mortal roots as a frustrated poet, knocks them dead (figuratively) in an open mike poetry reading, finally finishing a poem he'd begun over a century earlier, before being sired by Drusilla. This was the only episode directed by a cast member, David himself. ... Lindsey McDonald was a fictional character on the WB Network television series Angel. ... Allen Francis Doyle (born in 1970 in Dublin, Ireland, died in 1999 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Angel. ... The Powers That Be is a euphemism for the enigmatic and ancient forces that assist the side of good in the WB television series Angel. ... Destiny or fate refers to the all but inevitable course of events. ... Clinical depression is a state of sadness or melancholia that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Not Fade Away completes the arc of Angel, the series. ... The Circle of the Black Thorn was a fictional secret society in the television show, Angel. ... The Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart, also known as The Wolf, the Ram and the Hart are a mysterious cabal of unseen demons in the television series Angel. ...


After succeeding in his mission, Spike joins Angel, Illyria, and a badly-wounded Charles Gunn in the alley as the series draws to an end, preparing to suicidally incur the apocalyptic wrath of the Senior Partners, as a way of going out in a blaze of glory. It is believed that Spike survived this battle. Illyria (reborn 2004 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program, Angel. ... Charles Gunn (born 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Garry Campbell for the cult television program, Angel. ... It has been suggested that Suicide and culture be merged into this article or section. ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Apocalypse (Greek: αποκαλυψις, disclosure), is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the mass of humankind. ...


Powers & Abilities

Spike has the standard powers and vulnerabilities of a vampire. He has vast super-human strength and speed. With his strength he can lift many times his own weight, leap twice his height, rip doors off hinges, and punch through walls. He also has more endurance than humans, enabling him to run for long periods of time without exhaustion or perform any other strenuous activities without getting tired. A vampire, in the fictional world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a type of demon which occupies and animates a specific human corpse. ...


Vampires have been shown being struck by cars and shrugging off the effects. Spike himself has fallen from considerable heights (such as a tower and warehouse), suffering only minor injuries. He has received chest wounds from arrows (missing his heart), bullets and swords without obvious effect.


Spike heals faster than human beings. He can recover from broken ribs, bruisings, stabbings, bullet wounds, moderate burns and cuts faster than a human can. He is thus effectively invulnerable, so long as he is not beheaded, engulfed in fire, or stabbed to the heart with a wooden object. Being dead, his body cannot host the infections that afflict humans. He is also indifferent to cold, impervious to frostbite and hypothermia. Spike is vulnerable to the effects of sedatives but not conventional poisons. A bruise or contusion or ecchymoses is a kind of injury, usually caused by blunt impact, in which the capillaries are damaged, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. ... A stabbing or stab is the penetration of the human body by a sharp or pointed object at close range. ... .357 Magnum cartridges, containing bullets. ... Frostbite (congelatio in medical terminology) is the medical condition where damage is caused to skin and other tissues due to extreme cold. ... Hypothermia is a medical condition in which the victims core body temperature has dropped to significantly below normal and normal metabolism begins to be impaired. ... A sedative is a drug that depresses the central nervous system (CNS), which causes calmness, relaxation, reduction of anxiety, sleepiness, slowed breathing, slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. ... The skull and crossbones symbol traditionally used to label a poisonous substance. ...


Spike's senses are also enhanced. He can hear human heartbeats from a distance away or overhear conversations from a short distance. Spike can see further and clearer than normal humans and can see in the dark due to night vision. He has a sharp sense of smell used for tracking. On many occasions he has tracked people or demons through the streets (or even sewers) by smell alone; unlike a dog he does not need to sniff the ground to track in this manner. He can also smell fear. He can identify and track someone by scent alone, though it's easier for him to track blood. Night-vision is seeing in the dark. ...


Spike's most distinctive trait is his love of combat for its own sake; even before he regained his soul, he did not much care if he fought for good or evil, only the desire to do violence. This was extremely ironic, because as a human he was quite meek, and gentle. But even the return of his soul did not extinguish the genuine love of battle Spike had acquired. Like most truly great fighters, he fights for the sheer joy and adrenalin rush of combat.


What gives Spike an added edge in both combat and personal matters is his skill in perception and observation, especially with regard to relationships and personalities. Perhaps due to his failed attempt at poetry, Spike's perception gives him the previously mentioned "truth-seer" status. In combat, Spike has used this to his advantage, beating Angel in "Destiny" and even scoring an albeit brief upper-hand in combat with llyria during a testing of her abilities.


He has acquired a number of skills in his long unlife. Spike is a highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat. His fighting style seems to blend several different disciplines accumulated over fighting others. His style resembles street fighting.


When he fights he generally prefers to take advantage of his superhuman strength and speed. He has mastered many varieties of weapons, such as a rifle, knive, sword, axe, crossbow, stake, and a staff.


While not as skilled or as cruel as Angelus, Spike is also a skilled torturer as seen when he tortured Doctor Sparrow in Angel season 5 Shells.


He is also seen picking locks; driving a car, a motorcycle and a motor home; using video game systems and a computer. He is fluent in Latin, Luganda (a language of Uganda, where he met the demon shaman), and the language of Fyarl demons. It is implied that he has at least some knowledge of Italian. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Luganda is a Bantu language and is spoken mainly in Uganda by the people of Buganda. ...


Romantic Relationships

  • Cecily Addams/Cecily Underwood/Halfrek.
  • Drusilla.
  • Harmony Kendall.
  • Buffy Summers.
  • A skanky goth girl, in the episode "Hell's Bells"
  • Anya Jenkins.

Appearances

Spike has appeared in:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
Spike was a series regular in the show's fourth (starting with The Initiative), fifth, sixth and seventh seasons, although he did not appear in The Body. He appeared in 96 episodes, including guest appearances in:
Angel 
Spike became a series regular in the show's fifth season. He appeared in 24 episodes, including guest appearances in:
  • Season 2 (2000, 2001) - Darla (flashbacks)

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Spike first showed up in Sunnydale in Buffy's second season in the episode "School Hard" with his long time love Drusilla, who was suffering from a mysterious ailment that could only be cured by the blood of Angel, her "sire" (the vampire who transforms a given human into a vampire by exchange of blood).
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