Spike is a kick-ass vampire featured on the WB/UPN fantasy dramas BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003) and ANGEL (1999-2004).
Also known as William the Bloody, Spike (James Marster) is a sadistic British vampire with bleach blonde hair and a scar on his eyebrow. Initially, Spike was a quiet unassuming poet living in 1880s London who loved a girl named Cecily.
When she told him “You’re nothing to me, William. You’re beneath me,” he fled into the night where he met a vampire named Drusilla who turned him into a vampire. William earned the nickname Spike because he likes to torture his victims with railroad spikes.
Spike has ravaged mankind and killed two Slayers sent to kill him. The first one in China during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and the second Slayer [a black female] in 1977 New York City on the subway. His most current target is a Slayer named Buffy Anne Summers but so far he hasn’t had any luck killing her; she however has knocked the crap out of him.
Spike’s bloody rampage has been temporarily halted by a group of occult research scientists called the Initiative, who implanted a chip in his head that will not allow Spike to kill or hurt humans [but demons are fair game].
The love of Spike’s life was Drusilla, a fellow vampire who likes to gouge her victim’s eye out. Drusilla dumped Spike twice: first for a Chaos Demon; and the second time for a Fungus Demon. Then there was Harmony but she got turned into a vampire and left Spike because he didn’t treat her right.
Later, Spike had a crush on Buffy and when he couldn’t get her to love him he forced a robotics designer to build a replica of Buffy to fill the void in his love life.
“Great love is wild and passionate and dangerous.
It burns and consumes.” – Spike
Luckily for Spike, Buffy died but was returned to life via a resurrection spell. She returned to the real world with a hankering for some vampire booty, namely Spike. For a time, the “Big Bad” (Spike) and Buffy were hot and heavy lovers.
After an apocryphal battle with a horde of Uber demons, the town of Sunnydale was destroyed. Spike assisted in the destruction and eventually came back as ghost who haunted Angelus/Angel, who had turned private detective in Los Angeles. The last we saw of either of them was as they entered into a battle with an army of demons sent courtesy of Wolfram and Hart.
Spike: Come on, hero. Tell me more. Teach me what it means. And I’ll tell you why you can’t stand the bloody sight of me.
Angel: Tell it to your therapist.
Spike: ‘Cause every time you look at me… you see all the dirty little things I’ve done, all the lives I’ve taken… because of you! Drusilla sired me… but you… you made me a monster.
Angel: I didn’t make you, Spike. I just opened up the door… and let the real you out.
(Spike picks up the cross and knocks Angel across the room.)
Spike: You never knew the real me. Too busy trying to see your own reflection… praying there was someone as disgusting as you in the world, so you could stand to live with yourself. Take a long look, hero. I’m nothing like you!
Angel: No. You’re less. That’s why Buffy never really loved you: Because you weren’t me.
Spike: Guess that means she was thinking about you… all those times I was puttin’ it to her.
Angel: All right… (morphs into vampire face) let’s finish this. (Spike, too, morphs into vampire face and the two charge each other.)
— from Episode “Destiny” Season Five
NOTE: Spike may have chosen his name and modus operandi because the night he left Cecily’s party a man read one of his poems to a crowd of high brow Victorians. One woman commented “I’d rather have a railroad spike driven into my head than listen to his poetry.”