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Spike could mean:

  • Nail, especially one more than 100mm (4┬áinches) long
  • Rail spikes used to secure railroad rails to the wooden ties
  • Spiked shoes worn by athletes, which provide more traction (similar to cleats)
  • An adolescent male deer or male elk
  • The Spike is a widely used nickname for the Spire of Dublin, a massive needle-like structure erected in Dublin in 2003
  • Spike TV, a cable network that caters to a young male demographic (originally known as TNN, The National Network, or The Nashville Network)
  • Spike missile, an Israel-developed guided anti-tank missile
  • Spike bayonet, chiefly used on early muskets
  • Voltage spike, or electrical surge
  • The action potential which transmits signals along a nerve axon is often called a spike
  • Spike is a botanical term for an unbranched, indeterminate inflorescence with sessile flowers arranged along the axis
  • Spike (company), a video game company

Media with Spike in the title include:

  • The Spike (Borchgrave/Moss), a 1980 novel by Arnaud de Borchgrave, former editor of The Washington Times
  • Spike of Bensonhurst, a 1988 movie directed by Paul Morrisey
  • Spike (Elvis Costello album), a 1989 album by Elvis Costello
  • The Spike (1997), a 1997 book by Damien Broderick
  • Spike (Puffy AmiYumi album), a 2001 album by Puffy AmiYumi

A number of famous people are named Spike, including:

  • Spike, a newcomer Romanian rapper promoted by Parazitii
  • Spike Lee, a filmmaker
  • Spike Jonze, a filmmaker
  • Spike Jones, a satirist
  • Spike Milligan, a satirist
  • Spike Robinson, a jazz musician
  • Spike Slawson, a punk vocalist and bassist of the Swinging Utters and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Matt Hyson (aka Spike Dudley), former professional wrestler
  • Spike Feresten, television writer and talk show host
  • Spike Xavier, Lead Singer of Nu-Metal band Corporate Avenger
  • Spike, a Welsh musician, co-founder of Z Block Records, Reptile Ranch and Weekend
  • Spike O'Donnell, famous Irish/American gangster from Chicago

A number of fictional characters have been named Spike, including:

  • Spike, a main playable character in the Ape Escape video game series
  • Spike Spiegel, from the Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop
  • Spike (Buffyverse), a vampire
  • Spike, Fonzie's cousin in Happy Days
  • Spike Fumo, in Spike of Bensonhurst
  • Christine "Spike" Nelson, in the Degrassi series
  • Spike Thomson, in Press Gang
  • Spike, a member of the Screws Gang in Medabots
  • Spike Lester, a character on the soap opera Passions
  • The Spike (Marvel Comics), a member of the X-Statix
  • Spike Freeman, another character in Marvel Comics' X-Statix/X-Force
  • Spike (The Land Before Time), a young stegosaurus in The Land Before Time film series
  • "Spike" Stoker, a supporting character from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books
  • Joshua "Spike" Cohen, a Jew from Tom Robbins' novel Skinny Legs and All
  • Spike, a character originating in Super Mario Bros. 3 who launches spiked mace balls at the player
  • Spike, the boss of the Midday Gardens world in the Spyro: Year of the Dragon video game
  • Spike, a character in the DC Comics comic book Sugar and Spike
  • Spike Lavery, a character on All My Children, he the son Kendall and Ryan
  • Father Spike, a high-church parish priest who is mentioned in C.S. Lewis' book The Screwtape Letters
  • Spike, Roger Wilco's alien pet in Space Quest V: The Next Mutation
  • Spike, a porcupine from the movie Over the Hedge
  • Spike Witwicky, a character from the Transformers TV cartoon series and comic books
  • Spike (NX Files), a fictional character in an action-adventure web-show called NX Files

A number of cartoon dogs have been named Spike:

  • Spike (Peanuts), Snoopy's brother in Peanuts
  • Spike (Tom and Jerry), Tom's and the other cats' nemesis in the cartoon series Tom and Jerry
  • Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier, in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons
  • Spike, the family pet in Rugrats
  • Spike, Heathcliff's nemesis in the comic strip and animated series Heathcliff
  • Spike, Droopy's nemesis in Tex Avery's Droopy Dog theatrical cartoon series

As a place name, Spike may refer to:

In sports, Spike may refer to:

  • A spike is an offensive attack in volleyball
  • Spiking in American football is to throw the ball forcefully and intentionally into the ground
  • In Track and Field and cross country running, spiking an opponent (or sometimes, inadvertently, a team mate) is to kick them with the metal spikes in the bottom of the runner's shoe
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