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Rockman wrote:oh and Spike doesn't seem very threatening to me. He's supposedly the most feared vampire ever behind Angelus and the Master and he's easily beaten by Buffy then runs away everytime they interact so far. (The Halloween episode had the best/worst example of this).
The master was a better villain truthfully, even the annointed one was okay (even though he went out like a punk). Spike is sorely lacking any kind of success to be considered anything but campy fun at this point.
Buffy, as a slayer of vampires, provided a significant reversal of fortune for Spike. His rivalry with Angelus also didn't always prove profitable. This is probably why both of them became objects of such obsession for Spike early on.
I mean, Buffy kinda specialized in making ancient or powerful vampires look like morons. Look at Darla, for example.
And this is pretty much the single worst town in which to be a bad-ass creature of the night. If you're not getting your ass kicked by Buffy or Faith or Angel, then the goddamn initiative is coming after you. Keeping your head down becomes the move for most of the independent denizens of evil.
But Spike was pretty much a loser in his mortal life, so this is kinda par for the course.