When Spike and Drusilla crashed their way into Sunnydale (literally), the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed forever. Before their arrival, vampires were seen as either brutish or extremely fanatical. There hadn't been any rebellious, fun vampires until Spike arrived on the scene, sporting a cocky attitude and a great coat.
Originally, Spike started out as the Big Bad of Buffy's second season, but he was so beloved by basically everyone that he returned as a series regular not two seasons after his debut. However, there were times as the show progressed where Spike acted badly, strangely, or just plain out of character.
10 Jealous Of Angelus
Before Buffy Summers had even been born, Spike was part of a vicious and dangerous vampire gang known as the Whirlwind. This group of killers consisted of Spike, Angelus, Darla and Drusilla, and they laid waste to wherever they ended up.
Spike and Angelus had a fractious relationship in the past, but their relationship in the present was practically non-existent. Every time Angelus flirted with Drusilla, Spike became jealous, which diminished his reputation as a threatening and dangerous villain.
9 His Love For Drusilla
Right from their introduction, Spike and Drusilla were clearly smitten with each other (or whatever the soulless, evil, vampiric equivalent is). They came to Sunnydale to lie low for a while, as Drusilla had been injured by an angry mob before their arrival.
At first, Spike's love for Drusilla was a compelling feature of his personality since being in love was a rarity for a vampire. However, over the course of the series, it became tiresome, as viewers were forced to watch Spike try to win Drusilla back, and it hurt his character.
8 Switching Sides
As stated, Spike made his first appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a villain, and he thoroughly succeeded in his antagonistic role. He was menacing and dangerous, but was also very charismatic and easy to watch. He also hated the Master and the Order of Aurelius.
However, as time went by, Spike began to develop misgivings about helping Angelus destroy the world. Therefore, he defected and helped Buffy, which was the beginning of Spike becoming a hero. As a hero, though, Spike lost his edge and became less thrilling as a result.
7 Falling In Love With Buffy
Initially, Spike was a brilliant character because he was so flawed. When he made a mistake, he tried to talk his way out of it, and when that didn't work, he'd simply burn his opponent in direct sunlight instead — hell0, Anointed One!
His failings were what made him such a fun and occasionally relatable villain. However, when he fell in love with Buffy in Season 5, something in his personality shifted, and viewers were given yet another lovelorn vampire, lusting after the Slayer, which went against everything Spike stood for.
6 Falling For Lindsey's Lies
At the end, Spike had become such a popular character in his own right that even the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer wasn't enough to keep him down, despite him being killed in the series finale. Thus, Spike was swiftly resurrected and joined Angel.
It transpired that Lindsey McDonald was responsible for Spike's resurrection. Lindsey had also been lying to Spike and manipulating him, which Spike fell for unusually quickly. Spike was an experienced vampire and he should have suspected that something was wrong.
5 Not Enough Screen Time With Faith
Spike and Faith are two of Buffy's most complex and nuanced characters, with incredibly intriguing backstories to explain why they are they way they are. It is deeply unfortunate, then, that Faith and Spike have only really interacted twice in the show.
The first time was in Season 4, but this shouldn't really count as Faith was then residing in Buffy's body — while having an extraordinary conversation with Spike. Their second encounter was during Season 7, but because of the massive cast, they didn't get a chance to know each other.
4 Betraying Drusilla
When Spike made his Buffy debut, it was quickly established that he wasn't like every other vampire. For one, he could actually love another being. Of course, this other being just so happened to be an evil and disturbed vampire, but it was still impressive.
Spike and Dru had been together for a long time, and according to them, they really did love each other. However, Spike had a funny way of showing it as he betrayed Dru on multiple occasions. The second time he almost killed her, which was odd seeing how committed he was to her in Season 2.
3 Sleeping With Harmony
Spike had many interesting relationships during the show's run. His romance with Drusilla was extremely engaging and it made them stand out from other vampires; his relationship with Buffy was also compelling as the two did have feelings of some sort.
However, Spike's most groan-worthy relationship was with Harmony. He was only with her because he was bored and lonely, and it was just incredibly awkward to watch these two together.
2 Becoming A Joke
In Season 4, Spike was captured by the Initiative and became Hostile 17. During his imprisonment, the Initiative placed a chip in his head that caused him tremendous pain if he ever hurt a living human being, thus effectively neutering him.
Needless to say, Spike didn't handle this change very well. The chip rendered him basically impotent, and the fact that he ended up living in Xander's basement damaged his reputation even further. Spike was once a great villain but after the chip, he couldn't even scare a baby.
1 When He Tried To Sexually Assault Buffy
Season 6 is well known for being the show's darkest season. Buffy coped with depression, Willow's magic addiction got out of hand, and then there was Spike. Originally, Spike was the only person whom Buffy didn't have to hide how she felt.
However, as Buffy gradually got used to life again, she tried to mend herself and so she called things off with Spike. Spike then encountered Buffy in a vulnerable state and tried to force himself upon her. It was a shocking and harrowing scene, and permanently damaged Spike's character in the eyes of fans.
The Little Mermaid is the Absolute Worst
In the wake of Frozen 2’s $1 billion haul, the debate rages on about who is the best Disney princess...
The 30 Best Movie Trilogies of All Time
What makes a good trilogy? Well, for starters, you have to follow the same theme throughout the entire series —...
18 celebs that were on TV before becoming Movie Stars
Everyone knows that movie stars get more love than the actors on tv. Why is that? Perhaps there is truly...
Best Female Leads in Horror Film History
From “Scream Queens” to “Final Girls” the female role has continued to evolve in the horror genre, no longer are...
10 Overlooked Movies of the 2010s
The 2010s was a solid decade for cinema. Even with a rise of remakes, creators didn’t shy away from innovation....
10 Times Someone From Jackass Should’ve Died
As America entered the 21st Century, man reached an evolutionary peak once thought unattainable. With the invention of personal internet...
Slow to Fast: All 9 Fast & Furious movies ranked from worst to best
Fast and furious. There are no two words that have meant so much in cinematic history. Love it, or hate...
10 Most Underrated Shows of the 2000’s
It’s a new decade in this 2020, which means we’ve said goodbye to so many shows, and we’re saying hello...
20 Films That Will Have You Reaching For Tissues
Sincerely, how good does it feel after you weep uncontrollably? Is it wrong to find pleasure in undergoing melancholy from...
10 worst movies with a Star-studded cast
Even the brightest stars cannot hope to lighten up the darkest nights. That goes to say that even if a...