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Spike & Buffy # 74: Because if you want accurate love/hate relationship lessons, look to Spuffy

Welcome to the SpikeBuffy Appreciation Thread


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Their Story;
Slayer and Vampire. If history has taught us anything - and it has - this relationship promised to be anything but rosy. When Spike came to town, having previously killed two Slayers, he instantly set his sights on killing his third. Buffy was a constant obstacle to Spike's plans to cure Dru, so he dedicated himself to killing the Slayer with a determination that bordered on obsession. When Angelus returned, and Spike found himself stuck in a wheelchair, Spike's plans were waylaid. Then, the only creature Spike seemed to want dead more than the Slayer was Angelus. The two of them forged an unlikely alliance to thwart Angelus' plans, and Spike left town with Dru.

He returned over a year later, sans Dru, in search of a gem that would render him invulnerable. Buffy stopped him, and he was captured by The Initiative. In captivity, Spike's passionate hatred for Buffy grew. He blamed her for his imprisonment and determined to kill her once he escaped. When he went to her room, however, he found Willow there instead. He tried to bite her, but the Initiative had implanted him with a behaviour-modifying chip that prevented him from hurting humans. Unable to feed, he reluctantly turned to the Scoobies for sanctuary. Buffy was all for letting him waste away, but because he had information about The Initiative, they took him in.

Over the next year, he became an unlikely ally. He could still kill demons, but his hatred of Buffy continued unabated. She treated him coldly and violently, often punching him on a whim, despite his inability to defend himself. His obsession with her grew as well. He assumed his passion towards her was fueled by hatred, but a dream about kissing her opened his eyes to the terrible truth - somewhere along the line, he had fallen in love with the Slayer.

Spike began to find any excuse to talk to Buffy. She still rebuffed him coldly, but he persevered, trying to demonstrate his willingness to change and be a better man. The problem was, he wasn't a man. And Buffy never let him forget that. Finally, he confronted her with his feelings. She was horrified and rejected him, shutting him out of her house and her life. Out of desperation and loneliness, he had Warren build him the Buffybot. She was programmed with all of Buffy's power and skills but had two large differences. One, she was by and large happy and eager to please. And two, she was desperately in love with Spike.

Naturally, the Scoobies discovered the Buffybot and confiscated it after a fight against Glory. Buffy was disgusted and angry, of course, but she also saw that Spike had suffered great torture and pain in order to protect Dawn from Glory. She was grateful to Spike and gave him a soft kiss of thanks. Soon after, Buffy died to save the world, and Spike was utterly devastated.

When Buffy returned, Spike was overjoyed. He treated her with understanding, and they became friends. He still loved her, but her growing frustration with being thrust back into the world of the living began to take its toll on all her relationships. Desperate to feel alive, she began seeking solace in his kisses, but she also returned to her previous abusive disdain when he began to want more from her. Finally, he felt he had endured one punch too many and decided to hit her back, chip be damned. But it didn't fire. They clashed violently in a passionate struggle that culminated in bruising, house-demolishing sex.

Newly confident, Spike began to try to strengthen his hold on her, separating her from her friends and insisting she belonged in the dark with him. For her part, Buffy denied any feelings she had for him but continued to seek solace from the world in their encounters. Their relationship became a twisted mixture of sex and violence with both partners regularly doling out both physical and emotional abuse. Seeing that she was only using him - that they were no good for each other - Buffy ended things, but Spike wouldn't relent. He pressured her to return to him, to tell her friends about them, but she refused. He was convinced that if only she would let herself admit her feelings for him, they could be together again. She confessed that she did have some feelings for him, but she insisted firmly that she could never love him. He tried to force himself on her, demanding that she let herself love him, and she barely fought him off. Horrified at what he'd tried to do - and frustrated that he, a vampire, would care - he left town, threatening to return and give her what she deserved.

He found his way to Africa and endured a set of trials to prove himself worthy of his reward. From his swagger and rage, it seemed clear he wanted to have his chip removed, but as he passed the final trial, the demon in the cave planted his hand on Spike's chest and said "Very well. We will return your soul."

When Spike returned to Sunnydale, Buffy was surprised to find him insane in the School basement and even more so when she found out that he'd gotten a soul for her, to be the kind of man she could love. She continued to visit him in the basement, encouraging him to pull himself together, and when she saw that the basement itself was a factor in making him crazy, she decided that he would move in with Xander. Things got worse when Spike started killing again, under the influence of The First Evil. Buffy helped Spike and gave him the strength to resist The First by telling him, she believed in him.

This new belief was seen when she instructed the Initiative to remove the chip from his head as it's deterioration threatened to kill him. From then on Spike was her most valuable ally/warrior against The First and also her comfort when she got kicked out of her own home by her friends, after an abortive atempt at attacking Caleb. Spike gave her the courage she needed to keep on fighting and not give up. When the final battle was imminent, Buffy entrusted Spike with an amulet Angel had brought and spent, what could have been her last night, sleeping in Spike's arms. In the end Spike sacrificed himself to save the world and as the amulets energy consumed him Buffy finally told him that she loved him. He went out a true hero.

Spike: Nice work, love.
Buffy Summers: Who are you?
Spike: You'll find out on Saturday.
Buffy: What happens on Saturday?
Spike: I kill you.

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Spike: Hello, cutie.

Spike: I can't fight them both alone, and neither can you!
Buffy: I hate you.
Spike: And I'm all you've got.

Spike: What, your Mom doesn't know?
Joyce: Know what?
Buffy: That I'm, uh... in a band. A-A rock band with Spike, here.
Spike: Right, she plays the, duh, triangle.
Buffy: Drums.
Spike: Drums. Yeah, she's a-a hell on the old skins, you know.

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Spike: Innit a fantastic day? Birds singing, squirrels making lots of rottin little squirrels.
Sun beaming down in a nice, non-fatal way. It's very exciting. I can't wait to see if I freckle.

. . . .



Spike: What part of help me don't you understand?

Spike: I'm saying that Spike had a little trip to the vet, and now he doesn't chase the
other puppies anymore.

Spike: A bear! You made a bear!
Buffy: I didn't mean to.
Spike: Undo it! Undo it!

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Buffy: You know what? I don't think you want us to let you go. Maybe we made it a little
too comfy in here for ya.
Spike: Comfy? I'm chained in a bathtub drinkin' pig's blood from a novelty mug. Doesn't
rank huge in the Zagut's Guide.
Buffy: You want something nicer? A look at my.. poor neck? All bare and tender and
exposed.. all that blood just .. pumping away..
Giles: Oh, please.
Spike: Giles, make her stop.

Giles: If the two of you could remain civil long enough to—
Buffy: It's just so sudden. I don't know what to say.
Spike: Just say yes, and make me the happiest man on earth.
Buffy: Oh, Spike! Of course it's yes!


Buffy: There's so much to decide. Ceremony, guests, reception..
Spike: Well, first thing I'd say, we're not having a church wedding.
Buffy: How 'bout a daytime ceremony. In the park.
Spike: Fabulous. Enjoy your honeymoon with the big pile of dust.
Buffy: Under the trees. Indirect sunlight, only.
Spike: Warm breeze tosses the leaves aside, and again — you're registering as Mr and Mrs
Big-Pile-of-Dust.
Buffy: Stop it! This is our wedding and you're treating it like a big joke!
Spike: Oh, pouty! Look at that lip.. gonna get it.. gonna get it..
Buffy: Oh.. stop..

Buffy: I know! It's crazy! I mean, we fought for all these years, and then.. Sometimes you
just look at someone, and you know.. You know?
Riley: No..
Buffy: I think maybe we fought because we couldn't admit how we really felt about eachother. [...] But.. I love him. I do.

Spike: What are you lookin' at?
Buffy: The man I love.

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Buffy: Were you born this big a pain in the ass?
Spike: What can I tell you, baby? I've always been bad.

Buffy: You think we're dancing?
Spike: That's all we've ever done.

Buffy: What do you want now?
Spike: What's wrong?
Buffy: I don't want to talk about it.
Spike: Is there something I can do?

. . . .



Buffy: What you did, for me, and Dawn ... that was real. I won't forget it.

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Spike: Hey. Always knew I'd go down fightin'.
Buffy: I'm counting on you ... to protect her.
Spike: Till the end of the world. Even if that happens to be tonight.
Buffy: I'll be a minute.
Spike: Yeah.
Spike: I know you'll never love me.
Spike: I know that I'm a monster. But you treat me like a man. And that's...
Spike: Get your stuff, I'll be here.
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Buffy: How long was I gone?
Spike: Hundred forty-seven days yesterday. Uh ... hundred forty-eight today. 'Cept today
doesn't count, does it?

Spike: But I want you to know I did save you. Not when it counted, of course, but ... after
that. Every night after that. I'd see it all again ... do something different. Faster or more
clever, you know? Dozens of times, lots of different ways ... Every night I save you.

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Buffy: Hey.
Spike: You should go back inside. Finish the big group sing. Get your kum-ba-yayas out.
Buffy: I don't want to.
Spike: The day you suss out what you do want, there'll probably be a parade. Seventy-six bloody trombones.
Buffy: Spike...
Spike: Look, you don't have to say anything.
Buffy: "I touch the fire and it freezes me."
Spike: "I died ..."
Buffy/Spike: "I look into it and it's black/ So many years ago, this isn't real/ But you can
make me, but I just want to feel/Feel .."


. . . .



Spike: I wasn't planning on hurting you. Much.
Buffy: You haven't even come close to hurting me.
Spike: Afraid to give me the chance? You afraid I'm gonna-

. . . .



Spike: Hello, Buffy.
Buffy: Hey.
Spike: It's a happy occasion. You meet my friend?
Buffy: No. Not yet. But she seems like a very nice attempt at making me jealous.
Spike: Is it working?
Buffy: A little. It doesn't change anything ... but if you're wildly curious, yeah, it hurts.
Spike: I'm sorry.

Spike: It's nice to watch you be happy. For them, even. I don't see it a lot. You glow.
Buffy: That's because the dress is radioactive.
Buffy: I should...
Spike: Yeah.
Spike: But it hurts?
Buffy: Yeah.
Spike: Thanks.
Buffy: You're welcome.

. . . .



Buffy: You got your soul back. How?
Spike: It's what you wanted, right? It's what you wanted, right? And—and now
everybody's in here, talking. Everything I did...everyone I— and him... and it... the other,
the thing beneath—beneath you. It's here too. Everybody. They all just tell me go... go...
to hell.
Buffy: Why? Why would you do that—
Spike: Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he mustn't? For her. To be hers.
To be the kind of man who would nev— to be a kind of man. She shall look on him with
forgiveness, and everybody will forgive and love. He will be loved.

. . . .



Buffy: Be easier, wouldn't it, it if were an act, but it's not. You faced the monster inside of
you and you fought back. You risked everything to be a better man.
Spike: Buffy...
Buffy: And you can be. You are. You may not see it, but I do. I do. I believe in you, Spike.

. . . .



Buffy: The First is back in the mix.
Spike: It talked to the little boy. Said it wasn't time for me yet. I should move out. Leave
town before it is time for me.
Buffy: No. You have to stay.
Spike: You've got another demon fighter now.
Buffy: That's not why I need you here.
Spike: Is that right? Why's that then?
Buffy: Because I'm not ready for you to not be here.

. . . .



Spike: You listen to me. I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than
that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't
exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush
in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A
100+ years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. Hey, look at me. I'm
not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you," it's not because I want you or
because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you
do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best
and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are.
You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.

. . . .



Buffy: Angel said the amulet was meant to be worn by a champion.
Spike: Been called a lot of things in my time.

Buffy: Spike!
Spike: I mean it! I gotta do this.
Buffy: I love you.
. . . .

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2009 Threads
Spike & Buffy # 35 bc he is in her heart
Spike & Buffy # 36 bc even the potentials saw it
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...ther-62872720/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...-her-62873717/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...-her-62875352/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...love-62876525/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...eded-62878211/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...hose-62879612/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...ield-62882709/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...soul-62886326/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...ving-62888047/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...hide-62894662/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...orld-62902607/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...-her-62913917/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...-her-62924339/
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...-one-62924816/

2008 Threads:
http://aiadmk.com/f60/s-b-we-u...dn-t-62812630/
Spuffy: She believed in him and he loved her for it.
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...ther-62836228/
Spike & Buffy: Living in my fantasy land
Spike & Buffy: b/c fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Spike&Buffy: b/c she chose him to be her champion
Spike & Buffy: b/c they were the most complicated hate/love story ever
Spike&Buffy: she knows what he is, and she comes to him still
Spike & Buffy: Their love is too great for words
Spike & Buffy: b/c first love is perfect, untill you find your second
Spike & Buffy: b/c the last words Buffy said was "I love you...Spike"
Spike & Buffy: B/C she thought his crypt was comfy.
Spike & Buffy: he drew her into the dark, she brought him into the light
Spike & Buffy: She saw him change and believed he was a good man.
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...real-62848423/
Spike & Buffy: b/c they burn with the fire of a thousand suns
Spike & Buffy: bc he cried more than anyone when she died
Spike & Buffy: bc she taught him to forgive himself, by believing in him
Spike & Buffy: bc she felt better understood by him than by her friends
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu.../#post27676538
http://aiadmk.com/f60/spike-bu...ther-62861277/
Spike & Buffy # 30: bc he would do anything for her
Spike & Buffy # 31: When he dusted, he knew she would remember him
Spike & Buffy # 32: bc they have violent fire
Spike & Buffy # 33: bc blondes really do have more fun
Spike & Buffy # 34: bc she was his Chosen one

Samples from other years:
2007:
S/B thread:I Shall Believe
2006: http://aiadmk.com/f60/s-b-thre...hing-do-36151/
2005: http://aiadmk.com/f60/buffy-sp...ing-her-28360/
2004: ::The Buffy and Spike Thread: We Know You Know She Loves Him But Does HE Know?::


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Great summary of the epic Buffy/Spike relationship! There was just so much dynamic and volatility!
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Never a dull moment, I'll give them that.
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Yeah, I'm still very happy with how the renovation of this OP came out, back in the days I can't believe its already nearing five years since we did it
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You did a great job with it. Really couldn't be improved upon.
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makes me miss the old board background color. It was just like the background of the OP art.
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The board customization team changes it about twice a decade or so for each board.
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Our last one was in April of2011. The first version of it was horrible, but when we all protested against it on the customization thread, they agree to the compromise version we have today.
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No. But we get to have a little say in it.
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