S is for Spike! YAY!!!
Spike is my favorite! (It's possible that I have mentioned that before :D ) I like him so much that a few years ago, I stitched this:
Spike starts out as a bad guy on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. I thought he was awesome from the very beginning, though, bad guy or not. Later he's more of an anti-hero, is the way people usually put it. He's got a very long story, too - even longer than Angel's. Here's his LINK.
Spike's actual name is William. His historical 'Watcher' name is William the Bloody. If the story he told Buffy about his turning is true, he was first called William the Bloody by his contemporaries in Victorian London, and it was short for William the Bloody Awful Poet. He looked like this then:
Not a great pic, sorry, but it's hard to find more than a tiny screenshot. After he was turned, he changed the William the Bloody title into something much more violent. And he looked like this:
Spike is my favorite for two reasons - one is his character; he is a very unusual vampire! For all the 'William the Bloody' name, he is much less violent than the rest of his vampire family, and he is still able to feel 'human' emotions, like loyalty and love. He tried to turn his mother to keep her with him, although it didn't work like he wanted. Even she couldn't feel love after she was turned and was very nasty to him. He loved Drusilla, whether she is his Sister or his Sire, and took care of her for over a hundred years after Angelus became Angel and abandoned them. He loved Buffy before and after he got his soul.
Also, there's the fact that he deliberately sought to get his soul returned and suffered through the Trials for it, when Angel was cursed with his soul. Yet Angel is somehow better than Spike... and completely forgiven for all the mean things he does when he's Angelus when Spike is treated like dirt no matter what. (I feel very offended for Spike, haha!) Spike is also very snarky, sarcastic, and hilarious! Beyond that, he is an awesome fighter; his other historical name is the Slayer of Slayers. He is responsible for at least two confirmed Slayer deaths. No other vampire is listed as having even one.
The cigarette is not my favorite symbol of Spike, but I guess his duster or his Doc Martins would have been too complicated? Anyway, he often has an unlit cigarette in his hand or in the corner of his mouth. It's actually very rarely lit, but that is not pointed out in the show.
Spike is played by James Marsters:
That is the other reason why Spike is my favorite!