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It’s my second skin. It’s who I am.
―Spike.[src]

Spike wore a black leather duster which originally belonged to Nikki Wood. It was part of his trademark look for over two decades, as well as a practical device for the vampire to protect himself while walking under the daylight.

History

In 1977, Spike first fought the Slayer Nikki, when he commented that he loved her coat.[1] In July of that year, they fought again on a New York subway, and the vampire stripped her off the duster just after killing her.[2] In 1998, when Spike was first seem again, he still wore the coat almost constantly.[3]

Notably, in 2002, when Spike left Sunnydale to seek his soul, he left the duster behind.[4] When he returned to the town, he had abandoned his previous look as an effect of his penance, but called this attempt a “costume”.[5] After Buffy Summers called him out for holding his violence back even in emergencial circumstances, Spike needed to fight a particularly difficult demon, so he finally retrieved the duster from Sunnydale High School’s basement and was able to relish in the violence of the fight.[6]

In 2003, Spike died burning in the sunlight wearing the duster,[7] but three weeks later he returned as a ghost still wearing it.[8] He then became corporeal along with all his clothing.[9] In the next year, the duster was irreparably damaged by a bomb while Spike was in a mission in Rome. After the vampire complained that the jacket was irreplaceable, Ilona Costa Bianchi, as CEO of the Wolfram & Hart Rome branch, gave him an identical coat, along with 10 others and some new shoes that were sent to the Wolfram & Hart Los Angeles branch, allowing him to quickly get over it.[10]

Despite not being the original duster, Spike still wore these coats as often as he did the previous piece, a part of his continuing trademark look.

Behind the scenes

  • Spike’s duster cost $1,600.[11] Costume designer Cynthia Bergstrom described: “my team and I bought several beautiful leather coats and then we beat the shit out of them. We actually got transpo to chain up the jackets to the back of a tractor and drive the tractor around the lot with the jackets dragging behind to get a really nice aged effect.”[12]
  • In 2005, Inkworks produced trading cards featuring a piece of the leather coat used in the series.

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