Honestly, the reason I adore Spike so much is because of the way he loves. He jumps into it with his whole heart and soul, even when he knows full well that there’s barely a chance, if any at all. William Pratt completely and whole-heartedly loved Cecily, despite the fact that she was above him in society and hadn’t any feelings for him. He loves poetry, even though he was mocked and shamed for it. He spent most of his years as a vampire taking care of an insane woman who went back and forth between him and Angel, and yet he never left her side. And when he finally fell in love with Buffy, he was kind to her friends and stood by her family no matter what. He’s a hopeless romantic if I ever saw one, believing Cecily would see him as a good man, taking care of Drusilla although she wasn’t always faithful, and getting his soul for the girl he loved and who he’d hurt, who he didn’t know would take him back. He is one hopelessly romantic punk-rock teddy bear.