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I never really saw how Spike reformed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by M Richardson (talkcontribs) 08:38, November 7, 2016‎ (UTC)

He didn't. People have a tendency to say a character reformed simply because they no longer acted against the hero. Not doing mean things to the hero any longer isn't automatically reforming. To reform, you have to say, "I see what I did was wrong and I'm going to change my ways."
If you're being mean to someone and then you never see them again so there isn't any futher instances of you being mean to them, you didn't reform. It's just you're not near them any more.
If you're fighting the hero and then you learn the person you are working for was going to double-cross you so you decide to work together with the hero to defeat them, that isn't reforming. That is temporarily helping an enemy to fight an even worse enemy.
If you're a soldier and you find out the person you were sent out to capture/kill/whatever isn't the same as you had been told they were (usually with an order of "this is a really bad person you have to stop"), and you decide not to carry out that mission, that isn't reforming. To reform, you'd have to say something like, "I can no longer follow the orders of my superiors when it involves situations like this and I am resigning my position as a soldier."
An example of this occurred in the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron. The horse, Spirit, is captured and a Colonel decides to break and tame the horse because the Colonel is arrogant and sure that what he thinks he knows about horses and Native Americans is true. At the end of the film after Spirit has escaped, been pursued by the Colonel, captured again, escapes again, and chased one more time by the Colonel, Spirit and his rider make a leap across a wide chasm. One of the soldiers back on the other side is about to shoot them, but the Colonel pushes his rifle down. The horse and the Colonel exchange nods of respect and both sides depart.
The Colonel did not reform because he did not allow the soldier to shoot Spirit or his rider. In order to have reformed, there would have had to have been information in the story that showed the Colonel changing how he viewed horses and Native Americans. There wasn't, because the story wasn't about that soldier's point of view. It was the story of the horse. The Colonel did not reform because we never saw anything that proved he changed after that conflict. —RRabbit42 (leave a message) 16:42, November 9, 2016 (UTC)
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