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Spike was introduced as Season 2's Little Bad and was shown to have a certain fondness for Buffy as an opponent. Indeed it was later revealed that Spike's interest in Buffy affected his relationship with Drusilla Spike's return in Season 4 as a series regular led to more non-violent interaction between the two, though it was not until Season 5 that Spike "realised" he was in love with Buffy.
Spike's pursuit of Buffy in Season 5 was controversial, running the gamut from violent stalking to surprisingly selfless (for a vampire) acts such as withstanding Glory's torture to protect Dawn. However, this was nowhere near as controversial as their Season 6 relationship, which incited criticism from practically all sections of the fandom at one point or another. In the early episodes, some fans objected to Buffy taking Spike into her confidence and spending time with him at the expense of the Scoobies; as the season progressed, Spike and Buffy's violent affair was often described as an abusive relationship, but people argued at length over which of the two was the abusive partner (and which the victim); Spike's post-break-up, post-fling-with-Anya assault on Buffy in her bathroom was seen by some as an unforgivable rape-attempt, by others as an understandable extension of their greatly dysfunctional affair. Spike's quest for (and regaining of) his soul, the ultimate consequence of the Season 6 Buffy/Spike relationship, only brought more contention. Fan opinions of the Season 6 relationship, it should be said, were never (and have never become) either binary or linear between two opposing extremes. Barb Cummings, for example, wrote a review of the sixth season in which she discussed Buffy/Spike as "BtVS's real queer relationship."
((And people got stressed about S7 as well.))
Fandom & Fanon
People began shipping Buffy/Spike almost immediately after Spike's introduction in the second season.
When Buffy and Spike's relationship became canon in the sixth season, some fans saw Buffy as exploiting and abusing Spike. Others felt that they could have a functional relationship, and wrote fic about that relationship.
Archives & Rec Sites
- The Spuffy Realm
- The Bloodshedverse
- Elysian Fields
- Seasonal Spuffy - an LJ community
- Ice Cream for Freaks -- Spuffy-centric recs site by Doyle
- Anaross My Life Closed Twice, Unspoken, Long Day's Journey, Stay
- Angearia Thought You Should Know
- Anna S - Buffy Season Noir
- Avalon Love Is Blind
- Barb Cummings - the Barbverse: A Raising in the Sun, Necessary Evils, etc.
- Dutchbuffy2305 Actions Past
- Cousinjean The Butterfly Effect, Perfect World
- Eurydice Rhapsody in Oil, Beg the Liquid Red
- Herself Bittersweets, Disenchantment
- HollyDB The Writing on the Wall
- Kallysten Childe & Sire Saga, The Bloody 'verse, Tabula Rasa Ad Aeternum
- Kantayra Worth A Thousand Words...
- Kita and Jess - Six Foot Deep
- macha - descant descending
- Miss Murchison Cubed, If it's Tuesday, this must be Sunnydale, Giftless
- Nan Dibble - Blood
- Nautibitz was known for writing sexy stories, especially All Over It and In Heat
- Saber ShadowKitten (see Sabershadowkat's Home Page) wrote tons of B/S fic, including Humanitis 
- Shadowlass A Very Joan and Randy Christmas
- St Salieri All the Better to Bite You With, Buffy vs. the TeeVee
- Spuffy Fan Fiction Awards (2003-?)
- Blood of Me by Here's luck
- I Touch Myself by Ascian
- Luminosity made a few Spike and Buffy/Spike vids.
- For example, see What's My Line II (accessed 10 Aug 2009), when Spike responds to Buffy swapping in as his opponent (rather than Kendra) with "I'd rather be fighting you anyway."
- In Fool for Love (accessed 10 Aug 2009) we are shown a flashback to 1998 when Drusilla confronts Spike with "Why can't you kill her? ... You're all covered with her. I look at you; all I see is the Slayer."