is the newest vampire with a soul in Joss' Buffyverse. He chose
to seek a soul to be the kind of man who would never hurt the girl he loves.
In a dark cave, supposedly in Africa, he endured trials — torture, pain,
suffering — and won his soul back.
Spike, differently from Angelus,
always seemed to be a candidate to enter the exclusive club of the vampires
with a soul — or even become a real boy one day.
The I in Team
Spike has just been chipped and finds
out that he can fight demons:
|Giles: Um, thinking about
your affliction and, uh, your newfound discovery that you can fight only
demons; it occurs to me that I realize this is completely against your
nature. Has it occurred to you that there may be a higher purpose-
Spike cuts him short.
Judge] is able to kill anyone with any trace of humanity; he says about
Spike: Ho, ho, ho. What's
Judge: You two (Spike
and Drusilla) stink of humanity. You share affection and jealousy.
The Judge touches Angelus:
|Spike: Hurts, doesn't
Angelus: Well, you know,
it kinda itches a little.
Spike: Don't just stand
there. Burn him.
Angelus: Gee, maybe he's
Spike: What the hell is
Judge: This one... cannot
be burnt. He is clean.
Spike: Clean? You mean,
Judge: There's no humanity
Spike, after being chipped, starts
hanging around with the Scoobies, eventually falling in love with the Slayer.
He wants to be a man, and suffers when he realizes he isn't — differently
from Angelus, who hated Buffy for having made him feel human:
Angelus: She (Buffy) made
me feel like a human being. That's
not the kind of thing you just forgive.
Spike: I know you'll never
love me. I know that I'm a monster. But you treat
me like a man. And that's...
Spike: A man
Buffy: You're not a man.
You're a thing.
Spike: Stop walking away!
Buffy: Don't touch me!
Spike: I've tasted the
life of two Slayers. But with Buffy... This isn't the way it's supposed
to be. It's the chip. Steel and wires and silicon. It won't let me be a
monster. And I can't be a man. I'm
Angelus was cursed with a soul, and
hated it. Spike, after hurting Buffy, decides to seek a soul, in order
to give Buffy what she deserves:
|Spike: Give me what I
want. Make me what I was, so Buffy can get what she deserves.