It is a truth universally acknowledged that a vampire not in possession of a soul must (at some time in his life) be in want of one. Whether this vampire is blonde or brunette does not matter. Neither does his date of “birth”. All that matters is that he is soulless and therefore damned. Now, if you have ever seen Buffy or Angel, then you know I am referencing Angel and Spike. You surely have taken a side and chosen the vampire you would back during an apocalypse. If you haven’t, you are not a true fan. There can be no room for both.
The best way we have decided to decipher a true winner is to have several battles; the winner will be given a point. Each category below will have a winner, a loser, OR a tie. We’ll tally up and the end and crown the reigning vamp. May the best vamp win!
This is a tough category because at times both Spike and Angel fought with the Scoobies and then against them. Spike begrudgingly becomes the resident pain-in-the ass member of the group while Angel showed up in the beginning and later formed his own team of good-doers in LA.
This one is a tie. Spike didn’t WANT to be on a team, but neutered Spike and Spike with a soul did a great job. Angel did a great job on the team for the most part, but not Angelus. Remember him? Yeah, not a great dude. Also Angel tends to be a bit of a lone wolf on several occasions on his spin off. So I say tie.
Round 2: Personality
Hands down Spike wins this category. He is insanely witty and hilarious. He really knows how to throw that shade. No one is suggesting that Angel isn’t smart, resourceful, or kind, but he’s honestly pretty friggin’ dull most of the time. Yawn.
Round 3: Romance
Aside from Spike’s pre-vamp poet days, he’s not very romantic. He may be the bigger lover in a bigger way, but I don’t see him cooking many candlelit dinners. Remember prom? I bawled like a baby when Angel showed up to prom. Spike’s romance is full of faults and bad ideas. Remember Buffybot? Angel wins.
Round 4: Fighting Skills
It would be unfair to pick a winner for this round. Angel is Spike’s grand-sire and therefore taught him most of what he knows about fighting and combat. I don’t know that either of them is really better than the other. I’d take either as my bodyguard any day. Tie.
Round 5: Style
This one is tough because honestly? They pretty much dress the same (minus that SWEET Hawaiian shirt Spike rocked). However I’m going to say Angel wore it better. His days at Wolfram & Hart definitely benefit his wardrobe so Angel wins. If I could pick PAST attire, Spike’s punk rock days would kick Angel’s ass.
Round 6: Character
If I was only going to base this category on Angel and Spike WITH souls, Angel might win. However, I’m not. Also, I can’t ignore that Spike didn’t start being a player on the good guy team until AFTER he was chipped by The Initiative. This was almost a tie but I have to give it to Spike. When Angel is Angelus he is a NIGHTMARE. Even when Spike HAD NO SOUL he didn’t try to destroy the world. Pre-chipped Spike still chose to look out for himself and help Buffy stop Angelus from destroying the entire world. So, Spike wins.
Round 7: Pre-Vamp Days
This is a no brainer. Spike wins. Angel was a dick before he lost his soul and got fangs. Spike was just a sweet little momma’s boy who really loved a chick and wrote a lot of poetry. He was a good person. Angel was a dick to his family and was pretty much just a wild drunk.
Round 8: Looks
So I’m trying really hard not to be biased on this one because if I had to pick, I’d definitely bang Spike. However, that being said, Angel is definitely the better looking of the two. At least, he’s more my type looks-wise. Angel wins.
Round 9: Defining Moments
Spike wins this. If you argue with me I might punch you. I didn’t see Angel fighting a bunch of shit to get his soul back. I didn’t see him sacrificing himself in a fiery pit. I mean yeah I’m sure he WOULD have but he DIDN’T. He DID take over Wolfram & Hart to give his son a better life which is pretty cool, however the kid was a legit psycho so… Spike just wins.
Round 10: Brooding
Well. Angel is the broodingest brooder that ever did brood. So he wins. That scowl though.
Round 11: Capability to Love
This time souls are going to have a HUGE part of my explanation on why Spike wins this shit. The closest thing to love Angelus ever knew was Darla and he didn’t even love her. Not a bit. Spike though? He LOVED Drusilla. It may have also been infatuation so if you argue that, I’ll give you a pass. But what about Buffy, explain that? Spike had NO soul and still truly loved Buffy. He loved her enough to be devastated when she died and to continue to fight with the Scoobies in order to protect and look after Dawn and Sunnydale. Then he got a soul and loved her enough he wanted nothing from her. THAT is true love. Not running off to LA because you can’t bang your girlfriend without turning into a mass murderer. Spike wins.
So, let’s tally…
While you wait.. Angel dances…….
Okay. You had to see it coming that Spike was going to win… He’s my one of my favorite fictional characters second only to Dean Winchester. I think he’s just the all-around better vamp. I still love Angel, but Spike is just better. Where was the Spike spin off Joss? Huh?! Ugh.