Buffy-verse Faves Face Off, Heroes and Once Upon a Time Villains Collide, in Bad Boy Bracket

A pair of vampires and a couple of humans with otherworldly powers highlight today’s showdowns in our TV’s Ultimate Bad Boy Bracket Tournament.

Yes, folks, in a battle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer favorites, we’ve got Angel versus Spike, plus a showdown between Sylar from Heroes and Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold from Once Upon a Time.

Every day for the next several weeks, we’ll kick off a new set of matchups in a single-elimination format that will whittle our field of 64 down to one ultimate champ. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 2 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

If you’re wondering what criteria we used to pick our players, we cast our net rather wide — including fellas who are dark and a little bit dangerous, truly good guys with naughty, maybe even promiscuous streaks, and actual evildoers who are nevertheless tough to root against. (We also put a cap of two cast members per show for the bracket, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

And if you’re interested in the match-ups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET (then click again for a zoomed-in view) — and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

Now ready, set, vote!




Comments (183)

  • I think Mr. Gold is more of an anti-hero than he is a villian.

    Comment by Michael Grooms – July 17, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s bad boys, not villans. Big difference.

      Comment by Deena – July 17, 2012 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have been voting for anti-heroes over villains all along. To me, villains are not ‘bad boys’ – they are just villains. Having said that, although I voted Mr Gold, Sylar is not a bad vote.

      Comment by ben – July 17, 2012 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The thing about Gold is he mounted a successful one man assault on a castle using a bucket of lanolin… not supernatural power. He was a bad ass even as a little gimp.

        Comment by Firewalker – July 18, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike over Angel. Travesty.

    Comment by Deion – July 17, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not travesty. Truth. Angel was insipid.

      Comment by MLO – July 17, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Preach!

        Comment by Cami – July 17, 2012 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Angel was tall, dark, mysterious, angsty, brooding, with a desire for redemption
        AND
        tall, dark, mischevious, a bad-ass evil with a flair for torture & manipulation in his Angelus incarnation.

        Best of two worlds: Angel/Angelus was the most complex male hero in Buffy/Angelverse.
        It’s the reason Joss Whedon & Co. decided to give the spinoff to him as the lead. There was a spinoff show only for Angel. And it lasted for 5 years.

        Comment by laure – July 17, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • “There was a spinoff show only for Angel. And it lasted for 5 years.”

          There was supposed to be one for Faith, and would have if Eliza Dushku hadn’t decided to do Tru Calling instead. There were also plans for a Giles (Ripper) spinoff or movie, and a Spike movie – after the end of BtVS.

          Angel was a really interesting character on AtS – less so on BtVS, but let’s face it, the other reason why he got a spinoff, besides being an interesting character, is that they really didn’t know what to do with him in BtVS after season 2 – even in season 3 he was mostly doing nothing – and he wasn’t nearly as interesting on BtVS as Buffy’s love interest as he was later on AtS, where they could do so much more with him. On the other hand, Spike, just like Willow, had great development and arc on BtVS, so I always see Spike as a BtVS character first and foremost, and Angel as an AtS character.

          Anyway, Angel is a great character, I love him a lot… I just love Spike more. ;)

          Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • * Whedon saw Angel as the character with the biggest potential for popular success, and Boreanaz as the one who could carry his own show as a leading man * Turns out, he was right.

            * Joss could have given Spike/Masters his own show when ‘Angel’ ended. Masters was willing to do it * Whedon, the Network and the Studio decided not to. TV producers have a keen eye: they know who, what may be a success and who, what won’t.

            * Fact is: a decade after, Boreanaz is the most successful TV actor (man) from Buffy and Angel. (as Fillion is from Firefly).

            Comment by lisa – July 17, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  
          • Well put! I totally agree!

            Comment by MSM – July 17, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  
          • Joss wanted to have an Angel spinoff for a long time before it happened. Because of David Boreanaz’s performance in “I Only Have Eyes For You” in season 2, Joss said that he wanted David to have his own series.
            Angel’s story arc in Season 3 was not him “mostly doing nothing.” He had such tremendous obstacles to overcome after coming back from Hell and two more things:
            1) The Scoobies never would have been able to take down the mayor without Angel
            2) His emotional journey through Season 3 really set up for his character’s journey in the Angel spinoff

            Yes, I like Spike and think that he had a great arc on the show, but he had nowhere near the mystery, heart of gold, and sex appeal that Angel did.
            Spike’s great and super funny…..but I will always love Angel more. And his past as Angelus combined with his tortured path to redemption is what makes him the ultimate bad boy in my eyes.

            Comment by alyssa – July 17, 2012 06:23 PM PDT  
          • @lisa- Marsters was offered LOTS of series he turned down in the immediate aftermath of Angel because he didn’t want to be away from his son for months at a time. His ex-wife lives in Los Angeles, so series offers for series to be shot in say, Toronto, he turned down because he didn’t want to miss his son growing up. His son is college-age now so Marsters is finally free to take any role he wants. I’m proud of him for putting family first.

            Comment by salustra – July 18, 2012 03:37 AM PDT  
          • @Lisa.
            Way to make this about the actors’ personal life, something none of us can really know, thereby draw accurate conclusions on. Congrats on being a moron. *Sigh*

            David Boreanaz and James Marsters are both fabulous actors which is why, after all these years, we still debate Spike vs Angel. Ultimately, it just comes down to personal preference. I love both of them. They both yearn to redeem themselves and approach it from different places in themselves and with different motives. I happen to fall on Spike’s side in the Spike vs Angel debate but that doesn’t take anything away from Angel being an in-depth and fascinating character.

            Comment by Eliza – July 18, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  
        • Still is I love Bones too.

          Comment by sachane cook – July 17, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Angel in general was not the bad boy, he was the better character true, it not the better bad boy. Even after he got his soul spike hated the world.

            Comment by Krystal – July 17, 2012 03:33 PM PDT  
          • And yet Angel is something he does not like to talk about….

            Comment by Keenan – July 18, 2012 02:42 AM PDT  
        • I loved him with Buffy and Angel I have to say that when he played on Bones he was good but I love the dark mysterious handsome vampire, he could bite me any time.

          Comment by kathy hampton – July 18, 2012 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Truth, Spike without Druscilla was useless.

        Or maybe just an opinion both ways. Just saying.

        Comment by Truthiness2U – July 20, 2012 01:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah, without Drusilla he ‘only’ saved the world.
          Bah…

          Comment by Fanya – July 20, 2012 01:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, that’s called the natural order of things. ;)

      I like Angel a lot… But I like Spike a lot more.

      Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen!

      Comment by Debi Reed Norsworthy – July 17, 2012 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s a reason why Joss calls Spike “more evolved” than Angel – it’s called good characterization.

      Comment by Eilowyn – July 18, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Joss also thought Kennedy was a fine character and thought Kennedy/Willow should be the one happy couple when BtVS ended. He came up with dreck like S7 of BtVS and S4 of AtS. And oh yeah, Dollhouse. The guy is good, he isn’t god. Joss’ opinions/tastes are not infallible.

        Comment by Truthiness2U – July 20, 2012 01:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel v. Spike!!??? First Walter White v. Stringer Bell, and now this?!?!!?

    Comment by Amanda – July 17, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its the ultimate life question: Angel or Spike? Its too hard to choose!!!

    Comment by tvaddict – July 17, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The races are getting tighter!! Spike for the win! (If that said Angelus instead of Angel, I’d have a tougher time deciding. But Angel was never bad ass.

    Comment by WhyohWhy – July 17, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Angel was always bad ass.

      Comment by wingster55 – July 17, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m with you. If they’d only said Angelus THAT’S who I would have gone with. But Angel with a soul, as much as I love him, he wasn’t a bad boy.

      Comment by Nicole Shapiro – July 17, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Angel IS Angelus, it’s called a dichotomy.
        And Michael Slezak probably thought about Angelus, the ultimate bad guy, when he put his name in this poll, ’cause Angel was the good guy trying to atone for his evil alter-ego’s sins.

        Comment by laure – July 17, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m pretty sure that “Angel” means both Angel and Angelus (c’mon, they ARE the same guy). We aren’t differentiating between soulless and souled Spike here, are we? So why would we for Angel?

        And you’re really wrong, Angel has proven he can be really bad with a soul – have you watched AtS seasons 2-5? In fact, Angel has done far more problematic things with soul than Spike has while he has had a soul.

        Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes, I’ve seen every episode of BtVS and Angel. But I don’t think Angel and Angelus are the same. There is a huge metaphysical discussion to be had about whether the soul makes a person who they are, but I’m not going to go into it in these comments. Just know that I’ve decided a soul does make a person, so to me Angelus and Angel are not the same person. Spike went by the same name, but when I voted for him, I was thinking of soul-less Spike.

          Comment by WhyohWhy – July 17, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. If this was spike vs angelus id have gone for angelus…angel was too busy brooding over the past and feeling sorry for all his wrongs….much like the season7 spike….shall we blame buffy for the fall of spike? But yeah….id vote angelus over all but spike over angel because spike got over it in s5 of angel

      Comment by jenn – July 17, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree ! I am a spike girl but Angelus was a bad mofo . If it was spike or ANGELUS .. Def Angelus

      Comment by Wish4spike – July 17, 2012 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love David Boreanaz, but sorry, man. Spike was just WAY better. Angel was always either evil, the kicked puppy, or a controlling jerk. Spike was often evil, too, but he was hilarious! His character went through the most transformation throughout the series. Spike was awesome! (And let’s face it. Those cheekbones are to die for!)

    Comment by Kelly – July 17, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen. Those cheekbones rival Sherlock’s. *g*

      And a verra popular paranormal romance/urban fantasy series hero is based on Spike (Bones in the Night Huntress books by Jeanniene Frost). Just sayin’.

      Comment by JP – July 17, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What she said!

      Comment by Kirstin E. Jewell – July 17, 2012 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is this Angle or Angelus, either way i vote both of them over Spike, I love Spike but Angel’s my guy! Still this is way too early to be deciding between the two BTVS men!

    Comment by Kate McKenna (@Katemadeleine) – July 17, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike and Spuffy for life!!! Angel’s a chump and always will be a chump, oh and Bangel’s a snorefest.

    Comment by Chalice93 – July 17, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • BANGEL was the most gothic romantic vampire lovestory of the ’90 and the source of inspiration for Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ and Harris’ ‘True Blood’. BANGEL made history as far as vampire stories go. Angel-Buffy is the classic starcrossed love, Spike-Buffy is just a twisted variation, not the original. Not to mention trying to rape Buffy made the cool Spike absolutely the biggest douchebag jerk in Whedonworld.

      Comment by val – July 17, 2012 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • “BANGEL was the most gothic romantic vampire lovestory of the ’90 and the source of inspiration for Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ ”

        If that’s true, it’s hardly something to brag about, you know… ;-)

        “Angel-Buffy is the classic starcrossed love, Spike-Buffy is just a twisted variation, not the origina”

        Spike/Buffy is far more original, interesting, complex, more mature, edgier, riskier and deeper than Bangel ever was. (In Joss Whedon’s words, Angel/Buffy was a “classic kiddie romance”.) I liked Angel/Buffy as a story of a doomed first love gone wrong, but Spike/Buffy went so much further than that, exploring the very nature of love and sexuality, unlike Angel/Buffy which was about that teenage love when you fall for someone without even knowing them all that well.

        And, for that matter, Angel/Darla on AtS was also much more interesting than Angel/Buffy.

        “Not to mention trying to rape Buffy made the cool Spike absolutely the biggest douchebag jerk in Whedonworld.”

        Really? So it’s worse than Angel murdering people, including Jenny Calendar, torturing Giles physically and mentally, intentionally tormenting Buffy for months by hurting and threatening her friends and family, and trying to destroy the world? Spike without a soul never came anywhere near being such an evil douchebag jerk that Angel was Not to mention that Spike felt guilty for the attempted rape and went to GET himself a soul and fought for it, which made him the more evolved character (in the words of Joss Whedon) than Angel – who hated the idea of being re-souled and killed Jenny to prevent it. And who was CURSED with a soul, both times – he never choose to have it while he was soulless (but did intentionally try to lose it once while he was souled, in AtS season 2).

        Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Read Whedon’s statements, listen to Masters on youtube: Spike’s attempted rape on Buffy was meant to show how bad Spike was for her, that Spuffy was wrong. Masters himself said it on many occasions that Spike was the horrible boyfriend and theoretically Angel should have been Buffy’s choice in the end. Check youtube. Fans delusions are shattered by Masters himself and he is fully aware of.

          Comment by hannah – July 17, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • It doesn’t matter what anybody says because the creator of the show himself has gone on record saying Spuffy is the preferred romance in the show. WHEDON IS HIS OWN WORDS:

            Asked in an interview which of Buffy’s relationship he preferred, Joss Whedon said: “You know what, I liked Spike. With Angel it’s too “Romeo and Juliet”. Which means, as soon as it happens you’re bored. Riley, you know he was a well-adjusted person who loved her in a much, much healthier way than the other two guys. Nobody wants to see that. With Buffy and Spike, they had a real Beatrice and Benedick kind of relationship, in “Much Ado About Nothing”

            Sorry Bangel fans but this is straight from the horses mouth. Spuffy FTW!

            Comment by Chalice93 – July 17, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  
          • Master’s opinion isn’t the one true fact. He is entitled to have his feelings about the relationship, but he didn’t write the show. Don’t totally disagree with whatever he may have said, but I stil prefer Buffy & Spike over Buffy & Angel.

            Comment by tripoli – July 17, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  
          • *Marsters

            Comment by tripoli – July 17, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  
      • Have you actually WATCHED the shows? Because you’re forgetting
        A. Vampires raped and killed girls, that was in their nature. Angel and Spike were no exceptions. Of course I’m talking about the era before Buffy.
        B. Angel, according to the California law (and Buffy was living in California) RAPED and underage girl. Buffy was 17 and he shouldn’t have taken advantage of her, since she wasn’t an adualt.
        C. Angel, according to the writer of the episode and the commentaries, actually raped Darla. The didn’t exactly show it to us, because they were scared of what something like that could have done to the reputation of the show and of course its numbers.

        Comment by Georgia – July 17, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Come on, people! Angel was TWO kinds of bad boys rolled into one; tortured, broody forbidden fruit AND horrifyingly sexy villian!

    I mean, seriously, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

    Comment by Tricia – July 17, 2012 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AGREED!!! Angel would probably kick Spike’s ass. That fight would be pretty close though. Angelus however, would tear Spike to shreds. Easily.

      Comment by Rebecca – July 17, 2012 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually, Spike kicked Angel’s ass. Didn’t you watch AtS season 5 “Destiny”?

        Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Spike-Angel was actually a tie – mainly because Boreanaz was in deep pain from the knee surgery and couldn’t do the fight at his best abilities. James Masters told the story many times at comic cons and applauded David B. for doing the fight as best as he could under so much pain.

          Spike-Angelus, on the other hand, never really happened. Or else Spike would have been turned to dust in a matter of seconds.

          Comment by elena – July 17, 2012 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • LOL what? You do understand that it was fiction, right, and that Angel is not Boreanaz and he wasn’t really fighting with Marsters – that they were acting? And that some people wrote a script for them to act? Angel lost because the story was about Angel losing (in fact, it was David Fury who suggested that Angel had to lose that fight). If the story had been about Angel winning, he would have. What does any of that have to do with Boreanaz’s physical condition? If those were really fights, Sarah Michelle Gellar would be getting her ass kicked all the time by the big guys whose ass she’s kicking because the script says so. It’s not like Buffy’s or Angel’s or Spike’s physical strength depends on the strength of the actors who play them!

            “Spike-Angelus, on the other hand, never really happened. Or else Spike would have been turned to dust in a matter of seconds.”

            Actually they used to fight all the time when they were soulless. But oh wait, that was actually Spikelus-Angelus, right? ;-) Because neither of them had a soul at the time. You’re right that “Angelus” – “souled Spike” never happened, but I have no idea why that’s important.

            And you’re just being silly with “Spike would have been turned to dust in a matter of seconds.” Unless you have a crystal ball, Angel(us) just as well might have been turned to dust in a matter of seconds. It’s not like Angel (Angelus, whatever) was ever shown to be a better fighter than Spike.

            Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  
          • And in what universe was that a tie? I didn’t even notice you wrote that, since it made no sense. Spike kicked his butt.Did you actually watch the episode?

            Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 03:03 PM PDT  
          • Excuse me………….. Are you aware it was a STAGE fight with STUNT DOUBLES. DBs injuries or lack of had nothing to do with it. It was WRITTEN that he bloody lost.. These are NOT real entities youknow, they’re ACTORS following a SCRIPT.

            Comment by Alex – July 18, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  
    • I’m thinking that Spike, in every version, is still much better.

      Spike was charming and sexy and strangely lovable even when he was at his most evil. Angel as “Angelus” was just an utter evil jerkwad without an ounce of likeability. With evil soulless Spike, it was “why do I like him so much when I shouldn’t?” while with Angelus, I just felt “DIE DIE DIE!”

      Spike was also tortured and forbidden fruit, only in a more interesting way, he was never either the guy who broods or the eeeevil guy, he could be funny and scary and annoying and sweet and murderous and loving and vulnerable and snarky and sexy and sappy and silly and smart and bad and good- all AT THE SAME time, within the same episode or even the same scene. He could be a punk rebel and a dorky Victorian poet and a dark demonic lover one moment and a bloke who’s into watching soaps the next one…He was a far more unconventional and unpredictable character than Angel.

      Angel, IMO, was at his best when he wasn’t the “broody do-gooder” cliche or the superevil superjerk, but when he was more morally ambiguous, as in AtS after season 1 (particularly in season 2).

      Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are delusional when you say “Angel as “Angelus” was just an utter evil jerkwad without an ounce of likeability”.

        This is NOT what a few MILLIONS of viewers felt. During season 2 of BtVS, Angelus became the most popular character, the charming but chilling “evildoer who is nevertheless tough to root against” :D. People were crazy about him.

        The moment “Buffy” became an undeniable success was the two-parter episode in which Angel “loses his soul in Buffy” and becomes Angelus – one of the best twists in modern TV history. It was the moment when BtVS peaked and the reason “Innocence/Surprise” are on Whedon’s favorite episodes list.

        Nobody wanted Angelus to die, everybody (except Xander and you ;) ) wanted Willow to succeed in reverting him to Angel. Hence the heartwrenching moment in the finale when Buffy has no choice but run the sword through him in order to stop Acathla.

        Comment by laure – July 17, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Well and there are the facts that season 3 and season 2 of Buffy were the highest rated in it’s run. Ya know, the ones with Angel. And the Spike heavy seasons of 5, 6 and 7 were not. And the fact fact the big Spike and Spuffy redemption tour that was S7 was the series’s lowest rated season. Lower even than the first season.

          So seems like in terms of interest, just by overall numbers, the Angel years were better ratings wise, than the Spike years. No judgement, just numbers.

          Comment by Truthiness2U – July 20, 2012 01:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel vs Spike?!?! The ultimate showdown. I am a Spike girl all the way.

    Comment by Van – July 17, 2012 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike. Always Spike. Had it said Angelus, it might’ve been harder, but Angel seriously was a pussy compared to Spike, even soul!Spike.

    Comment by Dominique – July 17, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And technically Spike was on Angel as well, not just a guest star either. He was a regular in Season 5. Sorry for the nitpick, but I had to point it out. I’m weird like that.

    Comment by Rebecca – July 17, 2012 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel all the way. I hated Spike after he got that chip in the head. Angel was awesome from start to finish.

    Comment by Ally – July 17, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! People always forget about that chip. If Spike never got the chip in his head he never would have fallen in “love” with Buffy or tried to get his soul back.
      And that is why I will always pick Angel over Spike. I get frustrated when people say “But Spike is better because he CHOSE to get his soul back”
      Spike wanted to be the big bad, always. But sadly he was neutered and could no longer do so. So he joined the Scoobies for survival which broke him down to the Spike who saved the world.
      Don’t get me wrong, I still love Spike and I ADORE James Marsters. But I love Angel/Angelus much better.
      When Angel turns into Angelus, he is the nastiest, coldest, most evil SOB in the world. Spike’s lines of good/bad blur around the boundaries of soul/no soul and this is why I believe he is a “watered down” bad boy.

      Comment by alyssa – July 17, 2012 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I also believe that the only reason Spike went to get his soul back is because Buffy was head over heels in love with Angel who had a soul. He knew that a soulless baddie like him wouldn’t get her to be with him. So, as he said, he was giving her “what she deserves”
        And even that didn’t really work in the end. Yes, she cared for him a lot and he gave her much comfort but even Spike admits that she doesn’t love him “but thanks for saying it.”

        Comment by alyssa – July 17, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Captain John Hart… I mean Spike! And Sylar was the real bad guy.

    Comment by saxyroro (@saxyroro) – July 17, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bangel all the way !!!! where are all the Angel Fans out there?!?! this shouldn’t be so close1!!!!!!

    Comment by Lilu – July 17, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bangel is dead! Spuffy all the way! Spike for a win! He always wins, because he is the best ! :D

      Comment by Veiriti – July 18, 2012 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by LP – July 17, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel is way better than Spike! No comparison.

    Comment by Anjuli Velazquez – July 17, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve been dreading this day. But I’m going to have to go with my first love — Angel.

    Comment by Catalina – July 17, 2012 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Funny. I think that is what Buffy would do too… You know go with her first love. ;)

      Comment by Rebecca – July 17, 2012 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Funny, I think that’s what she wouldn’t do… ;)

        Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Even more funny, we ‘know’ that’s what she didn’t do, as she choose Spike at the end of the game. Something that bangel fans seem to conveniently forget ;)

          Comment by Fanya – July 20, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, my first love on the Buffy’s show was Angel, but Spike is my REAL love! ;)

      Comment by Veiriti – July 18, 2012 07:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Spike he was always true not to forget also so sexy

    Comment by vampllover – July 17, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike all the way!!

    Comment by Kat – July 17, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike of course – he kicked Angel’s butt in season 5 episode Destiny. And well those cheekbones as mentioned before, plus evil,sexy and funny – bad boy all the way!

    Comment by mazza – July 17, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike is the bad boy heh even if i voted for Angel. Spike(James) sings really good but Angel(David) is the real cutiee…..hottie:D…..i love both

    Comment by Annah – July 17, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do the authors of this poll not realize that Spike starred in Angel too? Doesn’t he get a credit for that season?

    Comment by Julie – July 17, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t even hesitate.

    It is ALWAYS Spike! The moment he stepped out of his car in “School Hard,” I said: “Oh sweet Lord! Angel who? I want HIM!” I never looked back; I’m a die-hard Spike girl, but I won’t go on and on about the Big Bad turned Champion by CHOICE. ‘Nuff said.

    Totally Sylar over Rumples! He had the evil AND the crazy, with TONS of both! And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a hot kind of dangerous… ;)

    Comment by Anona – July 17, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ditto to everything you said!!!

      Comment by bobbie – July 17, 2012 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike, a man from the Victorian era who went mad because of his dying mother so goes on a rampage and kills people by driving railroad spikes through their head, then he gets sired by his insane girlfriend and becomes one of the coolest vampires ever who kills a bunch of slayers… Simples.

    Comment by Hank-McCoy – July 17, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is actually a common misconception. Whedon made a point to show how historical documents are a twisty cavern of half truths. As a vampire, William adopted the name Spike; Giles believed that both the nickname and his former title as “William the Bloody” derived from his practice of torturing people with railroad spikes. The episode Fool for Love reveals the true origin of these nicknames: one listener to William’s poem in the flashback comments that he would rather have a railroad spike driven through his head than listen to any of William’s poetry, and notes that William is referred to as “William the Bloody” because of his “bloody” awful poetry. Regardless of the comical origins of his name, it is implied that Spike may have literally acted upon the violent allusions as revenge once he became a vampire.

      Comment by sahharj – July 17, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That doesn’t mean that he didn’t get his name for driving railroad spikes through people’s heads. We just know that he decided to call himself Spike. Yeah, the guy said he’d rather have a railroad spike driven through his head than listen to any of William’s poetry, but how would the Watchers know that?

        I’ll tell you how I think they knew that: William learned what that guy was saying about him, and when he became a vampire, one of the first things he did was get revenge on people who mocked him as a human (we saw in the flashback that he told Drusilla they would show those people now). I think he probably found that guy and said “So… you said you’d rather have a railroad spike driven through your head, eh? Wish granted!”…

        Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Hence the final sentence:

          “Regardless of the comical origins of his name, it is implied that Spike may have literally acted upon the violent allusions as revenge once he became a vampire.”

          Comment by sahharj – July 17, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If it ends up being Spike vs. Logan Echols, I don’t know what I’ll do!

    Comment by bobbie – July 17, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike won over Angel in an all out grudge match in an episode of Angel. It was brutal, and fairly close, but William the Bloody conquered.

    Comment by Jenn – July 17, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • should have been angelus instead of angel…

    Comment by Seth Daniels – July 17, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angelus was the baddest but Angel was just a bit whiney…spike was bad but in a funny way…he was after all Angelus’ prodigy…spike had soul even without one….Angel..weeeeell….hit and a miss…funny tho…but thats down to the great Joss Whedon….hail Joss

    Comment by caz – July 17, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No matter how much I love Angel, Spike was actually a bad guy while Angel just went into his ‘evil state’ as Angelus (and that time in season 2).
    And…..HOW is Mr. Gold losing ?

    Comment by mac – July 17, 2012 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel!

    Comment by lorraine perez – July 17, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • spike all the way. although angelus was the best buffy villain ever- angel was SO much more entertaining as angelus. he was so evil even soulless spike hated him! but i’d still want to hang out with spike, with or without a soul, lol

    Comment by lily – July 17, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike was definitely a bad boy thru and thru. He knew he was bad. He told Buffy once ” you know what I am, who I am.” Angel was good. He could be bad ass. Angelus was the bad one. He didn’t care who he hurt. He took pleasure in it. Come to think of it spike had more of a soul before he actually got one than Angelus ever did. Spike learned to be good even before the soul. But he still retained his badass attitude :)

    Comment by Carrie – July 17, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike runs right in front, away from the Angel. After he met Buffy, Angel became a good boy. Spike not. He even fell in love with Buffy, remained a very bad boy, very sarcastic, quarrelsome and dangerous vampire in the neighborhood. Spike has always been a bad boy!

    Comment by Zepp OnAir – July 17, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Angel against Spike already?! This is pure nonesense. It should be one of the last ten rounds or something, jeez. Also, where the hell is Wesley?! Did anyone see the badass transformation he went through? Anyhow, Spike, hands down.

    Comment by Rose – July 17, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • only allowed 2 characters per show. Angel and spike are both choices from both shows.

      Comment by Kvivik – July 17, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike all the way,
    The ulimate badass.

    Comment by Kailalynnelove – July 17, 2012 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, to have to choose between Angel and Spike …. I love them both!!!

    Comment by Vicki Schmidt – July 17, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike! Why ate angel fans so bitchy on spike and over the top? Oh yeah Cas they 13. Angel was crap Cas the acting for first 3 series was not as good as later it just wasn’t even producers and writers and fans admit it was bad but so bad it was funny. Angel fancied a vapid air head buffy spike loved a strong tortured powerful woman who had to face dibs and real world loss that made her hard but a real person. Spike loved buffy through his evil and fought to be a better man. Angelus was far more evil and yet never as funny or able to read people like spike who was bad sweet and funny angel was never funny. Spike appealed to women older than 16 who liked buffy later angel is typical pretty teen pop boy and that’s just really true, feature wise masters is genetically superior they look same age in series 5 angel but marsters is over 10 years older than David. Look how much weigh David gained vomited aren’t meant to be ageless.

    Comment by Carissa – July 17, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This will give me spelling and grammar nightmares for weeks.

      Comment by sahharj – July 17, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What are you even trying to say?

      Comment by Emily – July 17, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Besides being illiterate, Carissa seems also retarded: How could any fans of Buffy, Angel etc.etc. be… 13? The series started in 1997 (probably way before Carissa was born ;) ), meaning 15 years ago!! If they were teens at the time, they are in their late 20s or early 30s now.
      The statements make no sense whatsoever, it’s just a grammar complete mess. Like Carissa’s mind.

      Comment by petru – July 17, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not defending the grammar, but it’s not as if BtVS and AtS aren’t readily available on DVD. They still pick up new fans all the time (the thirteen-year-old son of a friend of mine recently became a huge Buffy fan). So yes, today’s teens can still be Buffyverse fans. The ones with good taste, that is.

        Comment by km – July 17, 2012 05:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i think this is a serious case of auto corrector…

        Comment by Michele Bernardes – July 17, 2012 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow.

      Comment by tripoli – July 17, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Look how much weigh David gained vomited aren’t meant to be ageless.” LOL ok this makes a ton of sense.

      Anyway I started to watch BtVS when I was thirteen. Five years ago, and I’ve watched the entire series through three times. There’s nothing wrong with being young and liking this show.

      Comment by Evelyn – July 17, 2012 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angelus plans, thinks goes for the hurt before the kill, thus predictable. Spike, Plans schemes then gets bored and acts on feeling making him far more deadly.

    Comment by Amanda Pfeiffer – July 17, 2012 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And as for Rumple vs Sylar… I thought Rumple would win easily. Zachary Quinto was great in the role, but let’s face it, much as I loved him in Heroes, the writing for his character made no sense whatsoever. Or writing for any character, for that matter.

    On the other hand, Rumplestilskin/Gold is great all around, well-written and superbly acted.

    Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally, someone with some sense. Sylar is probably the lamest major villain on any show I’ve ever watched as an adult. So he murdered a bunch of people and felt guilty about it in two episodes. He’s just a murderer with an inferiority complex, just like Akira. A bad boy’s redeeming qualities are supposed to offset their negative ones.

      Comment by TigerNightmare – July 17, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Also, Rumpelstiltskin GIGGLES. EVILLY.

      That is all.

      Comment by Cheesy – July 19, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If this was Angelus vs Spike – Angelus would win, but it is ANGEL vs Spike, Spike wins vs Angel when it comes to bad arse.

    Comment by Nicole – July 17, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It shouldn’t matter. If we’re talking about the real evil’s shouldn’t it be Angelus and William the Bloody since that’s what Spike was known as when he was really ‘a bad boy’?

      Comment by Linda – July 17, 2012 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it Angel or Angelus ?? The bracket is not clear about that. ‘Cause Angelus is a far better bad boy than Spike !

    Comment by lilys87 – July 17, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re confusing things here. Angelus was a straight up evil bastard, not a bad boy.

      Comment by Alina – July 17, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Angelus was the ultimate bad boy… vampire… which is EXACTLY what this poll is about
        Just as per TV Line’s description: “we cast our net rather wide — including fellas who are dark and a little bit dangerous, truly good guys with naughty, maybe even promiscuous streaks, AND ACTUAL EVILDOERS WHO ARE NEVERTHELESS TOUGH TO ROOT AGAINST” . It’s virtually Angelus description.

        Comment by voyo – July 17, 2012 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I found Angelus very entertaining but I never had the slightest trouble rooting against him, considering that he was usually trying to destroy the world, and/or murder Buffy’s (or Angel’s) friends one by one…

          Comment by km – July 17, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Angel, Angelus – same guy. Nobody is asking “is it soulless or souled Spike”, so why make the distinction with Angel?

      (For the record, everyone on the show kept calling soulless Angel “Angel” in season 2 – it’s only in season 3 “Enemies” that they started the habit of calling his soulless alter ego/version “Angelus”.)

      Comment by timetravellingbunny – July 17, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike over Angel/Angelus all the way. That British accent, those quips, that heart!

    Comment by Alina – July 17, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I named my first car after Spike. He definitely wins

    Comment by sarah d – July 17, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike hands down!!! He is truly the ulimate badass <3

    Comment by Sierra Draven – July 17, 2012 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike is kicking Angel’s ass in this poll, just like he did in Season 5!

    Comment by Chalice93 – July 17, 2012 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, it’s all a personal preference but I look at it like this: Would you rather be with a painfully earnest, dramatic (some say melodramatic), brooding, occasionally evil, melancholy guy who treats you like you’re the only thing that matters? Or, would you be with a guy who like to have fun, is frequently self-destructive, impulsive, has poor decision making skills but is (apparently) insane in the sack and loves you to distraction? 6 one way half a dozen another, in my opinion…Also Angel is insipid, wears lifts and has stupid hair.

    Comment by Jennifer – July 17, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love bad boys like Damon and Eric. .but Sylar is seriously a baddie to the bone.. he should probably take it all.

    Comment by Danielle H – July 17, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Out for a walk… Bitch.

    Comment by Tine – July 17, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think I might love you. :) May I once again assert that it is SPIKE all the way for me!

      Comment by Anona – July 17, 2012 09:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Had to go for Rumpelstiltskin on this one. Sylar goes beyond being bad to just being truly psychopathic and frightening. And I have a soft spot in my heart for Robert Carlysle ever since The Full Monty. Plus his character just feels a bit more layered to me than Sylar ever was.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – July 17, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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