At this point, a Firefly reboot is easier than Buffy the Vampire Slayer because who could replace Spike, the platinum punk who entered the series as a Big Bad and ended it as a big hero? Thanks to an engaging performance by James Marsters, Spike was able to go from terrorizing the Scooby Gang to becoming one of them, and even forming a romantic relationship with The Slayer, one of his sworn enemies.
Fans have been celebrating all of Spike’s plucky comments, his complicated bond with Buffy, and his hilarious relationship with the Scoobies in a series of memes that perfectly capture his punk-rock personality and well-developed redemption arc.
Spike Is One Sexy Vampire
Angel might have been the first undead heartthrob to get attention in the series, but Spike would eventually usurp him as the main vampire in the eyes of fans as well as The Slayer. With his razor-sharp cheekbones, piercing eyes, and witty commentary, he emanated charisma even in a Hawaiian shirt or wearing a hat with earflaps.
This Magneto meme compares Spike to Dracula, the most famous vampire of all time, and his former broodmate Angel, with Spike epitomizing what it means to be a “sexy vampire.” It wasn’t just his looks that earned him the title, however; Spike got a long and complicated character arc filled with turmoil, angst, and redemption. His status as a bad boy trying to be a hero made him even more appealing.
His Bad Boy Status Stole The Show
When Spike arrived in Sunnydale he was initially intended to simply be a threat to Buffy in her budding days as a slayer – a remorseless killer whom she would kill to prove her dominance and nothing more. His personality was appealing, however, and when he returned with Harmony he had an even more charismatic development to the point where creator Joss Whedon couldn’t remove him from the series.
Spike became a character that fans loved to hate and hated to love, because while he was sworn the kill The Slayer, there was something about his swagger and attitude that couldn’t be denied. He became a good foil for the Scoobies, even as an ally, because even when he was turned into a good guy, he was still a bad boy.