Okay folks. This idea I'm about to discuss is one I've heard various other Spike fans brought up time and time again. I actually like the idea of Spike one day becoming a knight. What's different about what I'd like to see is how that is executed.
As the series has gone on, we all know how noble and honorable of a dragon Spike tries to make himself. I personally have seen that mainly at Spike At Your Service, A Dog And Pony Show, and his loyalty of Twilight as a whole. His vision of him being a big buff dragon in A Dog and Pony Show and saving "Lady Rarity" was silly, but I think it could have some eventual symbolism behind it. Unfortunately, Spike is pretty wimpy right now. At the same time, he IS a baby dragon. So he has plenty of time to get himself toughened up mentally and physically to become a knight.
Here's one way I think it could go down. Remember when I did my journal on what Spike's role could be in Season 4 and beyond since Twilight's a princess now? Well just add him training to become a knight onto that list. He could start feeling distant from Twilight as she becomes busier and busier doing princess stuff. Spike wants to find a way to be a better help to Twilight AND to keep their relationship they once had. So he starts training himself on how to use a lance/sword as well as get himself stronger. He doesn't seem to go well at first until Shining Armor comes across Spike and he tells Armor about how much he wants to get stronger for Twilight. Shining Armor then takes Spike under his wing and starts training Spike military style. With Shining Armor being the head of the Royal Guard, he could explain to Spike what it really means to be a knight. What a knight does and what a knight truly stands for.
Or maybe this is an aspect to Spike's character that could be brought up on and off in the series like Rainbow's dream of being a Wonderbolt. I really think that Spike could become a three dimensional character from this kind of experience. As much as I love Spike now, let's face it. He's more of tolerable character to most of the brony community. Him becoming stronger and more mature to me would make him a much more likeable character in my eyes. At the same time, you still create a few laughs out of him.
Tell me what you think! Is this another one of those crazy characterization ideas or is there something really to this?